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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving Mustgos - Stuffing Burgers



Yesterday I really needed a hug. I got some unhappy news, I couldn’t get my partents on the phone (they are such a wonderful support system but were traveling) and I am having a really hard time shaking it. Nothing earth shattering but most certainly messing with my mood.

Sometimes when I feel like that I just want to crawl in bed and stay there; perhaps eat too many sweets. But I decided not to do that today. I decided to make myself a priority and do things that make me feel better. I headed over to Train Gym, saw some familiar smiling faces, and with Returners as my soundtrack proceeded to do about an hour of leg work outs. Sometimes I forget how much moving my body can help with stress but it does!

Regular exercise helps regulate hormones, increases oxygen flow, and is a great way to detox (sweating). Don’t worry I plan to do a lot of blogs on hormones and stress!

After that kick ass work out I was famished but I want to stay with the theme of mustgos so I did some poking round in the kitchen and came up with a great idea. Stuffing Burgers!!!!


I had leftover
  • Stuffing (mine was GF made from rice, I used about ¼ cup to make 2 patties)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Vegetable broth
  • Carrots
 I found
  • Liquid smoke (1tsp)
  • Dijon mustard (1/2 tablespoon)
  • Ground flax seed (about ¾ cup)
  • Tamari (omit if you want to be soy free) (1 tsp)

So this is what I did.

  • Chop mushrooms and onions, put in a pan with vegetable broth (not quite covering them).
  • Cook on low heat until all liquid is absorbed (this adds flavor and eliminates using oil!)
  • Place everything except for the flax seed in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
  • Stir in the ground flax seed a little at a time until it reaches a consistency that can be shaped into patties but not too flaxy.
  • In a pan heat a little bit of oil (about 1 tsp per patty) on low heat, evenly cook the patty until it is the temperature you like. Mine were a little crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.

Now you can stop there and eat the crap out of this delicious, savory, burger or add some more! I had a little cranberry sauce left over so I smothered that on top, grilled onion and avocado on top of raw bread (a story for another blog).

Seriously people this was outstanding! So many flavors; savory sage, thyme, rosemary goodness from the stuffing and tangy sweetness of the cranberry sauce.

If you’re feeling not so great, got bad news or just need a pick me up, do yourself a favor, move around a bit then make yourself a delicious, healthy, money saving meal!

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