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).

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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*

Nutty Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Sometimes in the morning, I’m just not in the mood for my usual berry smoothie. At times, I’ll just have some gf toast with sunflower seed butter, but there are times when I feel like a little treat 🙂
If I make this smoothie in the morning, I usually add in my “extras” (hemp seeds, flax seeds & spinach) but skip them if it’s just a snack (mostly because I’ve likely already had them in the morning!)

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Nutty Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Nutty Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
½ banana
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp nut butter of choice (I used sunflower seed butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon

Directions
1. Blend and enjoy!

Colorful Coleslaw

Tonight’s  dinner “side” was soo delicious. I am super happy with how this turned out, and just want to keep eating this salad!

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Colorful Coleslaw

Colorful Coleslaw

Ingredients
½ head of purple cabbage
4 small carrots, peeled and shredded
4 small japanese white turnips, shredded
1 green apple, chopped
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Nutty Sesame Dressing

Directions
1. Mix ingredients together (except toasted sesame seeds).
2. Add sesame seeds for garnish and enjoy!

Colorful Coleslaw | *Lovely Avocados*

Colorful Coleslaw

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Nutty Sesame Dressing

Nutty Sesame Dressing

Nutty Sesame Dressing | *Lovely Avocados*

Nutty Sesame Dressing

Nutty Sesame Dressing

Ingredients
2 tbsp cashew butter
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp agave (or maple syrup)
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Directions
1. Whisk all ingredients until smooth.

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Nutty Sesame Dressing

Best served over cabbage or kale.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

mmmmm look at this cookie

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Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can you believe it’s a healthy cookie?!

Gluten-free AND grain-free
Vegan – no dairy, no eggs
Refined-sugar free, and barely any sweetening at all (except natural banana sweetness)
And SUPER DELICIOUS!

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Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
2 cups gluten-free oats
3/4 cup almond flour
½ cup shredded coconut
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
pinch of nutmeg
1 ½ bananas, mashed
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp agave or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
½ cup chocolate chips (I use enjoy life – vegan)

Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350°
1. Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats, almond flour, shredded coconut, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg).
2. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients (bananas, applesauce, agave, vanilla extract, coconut oil).
3. Mix together wet and dry ingredients, then fold in chocolate chips.
4. Bake at 350° for about 14 minutes.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies | *Lovely Avocados*

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from: Oatmeal Banana Chip Cookies GF | With Style and Grace

Maple Tahini Dressing

I eat salads pretty much on a daily basis. In general I tend to use olive oil and vinegar (balsamic or apple cider) as my dressing. However, sometimes I do like to make the effort of whisking together a few ingredients for a change of pace.
This one is super delicious – sweet and slighty nutty!

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Maple Tahini Dressing

Maple Tahini Dressing
Ingredients
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Whisk ingredients and enjoy!

Delicious on a kale salad!

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Maple Tahini Dressing on Kale

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
Ingredients
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)

Directions
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

Veggie Spring Rolls from *Lovely Avocados*

Veggie Spring Rolls

Dipping Sauce
Ingredients
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

Directions
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.