Lentil Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

my goodness these were good.

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers | *Lovely Avocados*

I’ve been searching all over Pinterest for an awesome vegan, gluten-free burger. I was inspired to create my own by mixing together the ideas from a bunch I found.

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers | *Lovely Avocados*

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers mid-Bake

While this was only my first attempt, these were so so very good.

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers | *Lovely Avocados*

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers Prep

I decided to bake instead of fry them, as a healthier alternative, but I’m sure they would have been super delicious that way as well (although completely unnecessary).

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers | *Lovely Avocados*

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers Sandwich

Unfortunately once they were ready I realized I was out of gluten-free buns (I prefer these by Udi’s – though they are not vegan, but dairy-gluten-free)! So I made a sandwich instead (on gf df multigrain bread by KinniKinnick). I topped my burger with my “Cheese” Sauce and avocado slices. YUMM!

Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burger Recipe | *Lovely Avocados*

Veggie Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

There are so many awesome things about spring rolls/rice paper rolls, but the best is that you can really put anything you want in them! Also, rice paper lasts a long time in the cupboard, so you can have some on hand at any point.

Tonight I had the urge to try making some rolls, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! Though I do admit I would have liked them a bit tighter (I think with practice that will come!), as I got on a roll (hehe pun intended), it was pretty fun. With a little bit of prep, they’re pretty easy once you get the hang of it!

Veggie Spring Rolls Prep from *Lovely Avocados*

Veggie Spring Rolls: Prep

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Veggie Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Veggie Spring Rolls
10-12 rice paper wrappers (or whatever you need until you run out of stuffing!)
any veggies of choice!
I used:
3 carrots, shredded
1 avocado sliced into strips
4 mini cucumbers cut into strips
Leaves from 4 sprigs of mint
Lettuce leaves (about 1 per roll)

1. Fill a wide (larger than the rice paper) bowl with warm water.
2. Place one sheet of rice paper in the warm water for about 10-15 seconds. Remove and place on work station. You will need to do this one sheet at a time, as needed.
3. Fill with a bit of each ingredient, starting with the lettuce leaf. Do not put too much filling or your roll will break as you’re wrapping. Follow guide below to wrap.
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until filling is gone!

How to Roll a Rice Paper Spring Roll

How to Roll a Rice Paper Spring Roll

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Veggie Spring Rolls

Dipping Sauce
4 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce if you are not gluten-free)
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar (I only had apple cider on hand but I believe rice would work better)
2 tbsp sugar of choice (I used organic coconut palm sugar)
2 tbsp warm water
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp almond butter

1. Whisk ingredients together.
2. Allow sugar to fully dissolve, then dip away!

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Veggie Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

*Note: I made my sauce first to give the flavours a chance to really blend together.

Sweet Potato Soup

It’s summer, and it’s warm. Over here in Montreal we just got through a major heat wave. So why am I posting a soup recipe?

Well, I am getting my wisdom teeth out today. Only 2 at least (got the other 2 out several years back), and the dentist seems to think it will be an easy extraction. Either way, I know eating will be difficult for a little while. Luckily the most frequented foods in my diet are sweet potatoes and avocados, both of which are nice and soft 🙂 However, this morning I decided to do a little prep by making a yummy Sweet Potato Soup.


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Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

2 medium sweet potatoes, baked (or microwaved, see instructions below)
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 green apple
2 large carrots
2 1/2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. Bake or microwave the sweet potatoes. I prefer to microwave them just because it’s easier and quicker. I put them in for about 6 minutes. Once cooked, let cool and then scoop out the potato for soup.
2. Sauté the chopped onion in the coconut oil.
3. Core and chop the green apple into large pieces.
4. Peel and chop the carrots (I decided to microwave them for 2 minutes just to soften them up, but it’s not necessary).

Vitamix Directions:
1. Put ingredients in the Vitamix.
2. Choose “soup mode” and let blend/cook OR select variable 1 and slowly increase to high, then blend 5-6 minutes.

Other Directions:
I have not tried making this soup another way (if you do, please comment below!) but I think these directions would work.
1. Put ingredients in a blend and purée until smooth.
2. Pour blended mixture into a saucepan, and heat.

Inspired by: Sweet Potato Soup | Vitamix

Sweet Potato Soup in Vitamix .:. Lovely Avocados

Sweet Potato Soup in Vitamix