Let me start by saying, Mondays off work are the BEST.
I feel like when I have a Monday off, I can actually fully enjoy my weekend from beginning to end. No pre-work routines on Sunday afternoons bringing me down. No need to go to bed early to get ready for my 5 am wake up. No Sunday night jitters about crazy things happening in the week ahead. I can just relax, and cook, and see friends, and work out, and play with my puppy, and live Sunday to the absolute fullest.
Yeah, I vote we should have every Monday off 😉
In a perfect world, right?!?
Well I certainly took advantage of this longggg weekend and packed it full with friends, delicious food, and even a few blog recipes I’ve been meaning to test out and photograph over the past few weeks. Oh, and lots of play time with Augie, of course 🙂
Thanks to all that cooking I was able to do, my fridge is now fully stocked with salads, veggies, chili and treats for the week— which is a pretty darn good thing since I just polished off the last of THESE veggie burgers that I had stocked away in my freezer. Trust me, it didn’t take long for us to plow through this batch of deliciousness.
Homemade veggie burgers are something I always like to have on hand, mostly for quick weeknight meals when both Nate and I get home late (and we’re RAVENOUS). They’re kind of the perfect dinner just in itself— packed with protein, fiber, and flavor from fresh herbs and spices. Especially these burgers.
These Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers are kind of the perfect little veggie burger package. In one hand-held meal you’ve got lots of whole grains, nutritious sweet potatoes, protein-packed chickpeas, fresh cilantro, and flavorful spices— dinner on the fly really couldn’t get better than that!
I adapted these burgers from one of my favorite recipes from my very first few months of blogging, these Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers. I don’t know what it is about sweet potatoes, but they act as such a perfect binder for veggie burgers and allow for this wonderful texture (soft on the inside, crisp on the outside). Better yet, these burgers can so easily be made ahead and frozen for a few weeks— which is a huge bonus for me since I love planning for busy nights ahead of time.
So it’s Labor Day Monday, aka it feels like a Sunday, so let’s all make burgers and maybe some homemade curly fries while we’re at it! Then pop those leftovers in the freezer and you’ve got dinner ready to go for next week.
Hope you guys have an amazing day off— whether it involves a barbecue with friends and family, or just chilling on the couch with some Netflix and delicious food!