30-20-10 Workout Circuit + The Perfect Veggie Burger!

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Hallelujah! The Central Iowa Summer Heat Wave of 2011 has officially broke!

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was still 90+ degrees today, but the children are playing outside again, the AC unit no longer requires hosing down to reach below 85 degrees, and gusts of wind don’t feel like blasts from a blow torch.

I’d say that’s a win, wouldn’t you? ;)

It was actually kind of weird driving home and seeing people out and about on foot again. It’s been like a ghost town around here for the past two weeks, since it’s just been too hot to go outdoors.

I joined in the celebration by going for my first outside run in what felt like ages – 3.25 miles on the trail (angry bird has vacated the premises!!!!!!!) followed by a 30-20-10 Workout Circuit*:

30 Frog Crunches

30 Reverse Crunches

30 Side Crunches (each side)

30 Pushups

30 Bicep Curls

30 Tricep Dips

*Repeat the circuit doing all moves 20 times each, than again doing all moves 10 times each. Take a 1 minute break between each circuit.

Doozy Suzy! 8O

Boy I really needed this today today though. The heat has had me feeling super lethargic this past week and not wanting to work out at the end of the day. AT. ALL. I’ve only managed to get in a couple of walks since last weekend, so it felt great to sweat because of some serious effort, and not just because I was standing out in the sun eating fro yo… ;) 

In other news, I am on a serious no-meat kick this week! First with the Spinach & Quinoa Bake, then the Fruit & Feta Salad, and now this – The Perfect Veggie Burger from Oh She Glows. :D

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This burger really IS perfect! Not mushy, full of flavor, held together perfectly while cooking and, although it took a bit of prep time, made 8 big burgers!

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The recipe starts by combining bread crumbs (I used panko) with homemade oat flour.  

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All you do to make oat flour is throw some oats in a food processor and let ‘er rip. Easy!

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Toasted almonds & sunflower seeds get added to the mix,

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along with black beans,  

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grated carrot, ground flax seed (Hy-Vee bulk bins) and other yummy ingredients & spices.  

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The "dough" is really easy to shape into patties and, unlike its meatier counterparts, can be taste tested to make sure the spice levels are all a-ok before cooking. I actually had to think twice before I tasted the dough. I knew there was no meat in it, but it was still tripping me out!

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Angela at Oh She Glows says you can cook the veggie burgers in one of three ways. Bake, grill or pan-fry. She likes the third option the best, so that’s what I went with. A few minutes on each side in hot EVOO and my burgers were golden brown and crispy in no time.

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Huzzah! Meatless CAN be fun!

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I melted an oozy layer of fontina cheese on top (less than $4 for a big wedge at Trader Joe’s,) smeared on a blob (just typed blog!) of cold ketchup, and stuffed it all between a squishy, fresh hamburger bun from Great Harvest (I die…)

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The Perfect Veggie Burger – ’nuff said. I loved it!

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Ok, I’m off to go watch "our shows" with Ben for the night! They’re all re-runs, but it’s the time that counts. :)

See ya!

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How do you feel about meat alternative meals?

I cannot do the faux "tastes like" meat meals. They freeeeak me out!

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Comments

  1. Faux meats freak me out, too. Funny you mention it because I was perusing the faux food at Trader Joe’s today! I’ve been dying to make veggie/black bean burgers lately. Looks great!

  2. Lauren 07.21.2011

    I’m always looking for a good veg burger recipe and I know Angela has some good ones. Lately, mine have been way to mushy to grill and end up falling apart. I think I should try this one.

  3. Mm! I tried the veggie burgers that were on Eat Live Run not too long – those were great. I’ll have to give these a try!

  4. anna 07.21.2011

    Your burgers look good but I’ve always had terrible luck with cheese from TJs. It gets moldy in like 3 days. Dirty equipment? Who knows.

  5. I’ve kinda been on a no meat kick recently as well…I’m really liking it.

    And yes those ‘faux’ meat meals are freaky!

  6. I cannot handle veggie sausage. I just can’t. I’m pretty cool with all other faux meat though!

  7. Yum!! I love the variety of ingredients (sunflower seeds?!) going on these burgers!

  8. From everything I’ve read, it’s good for our health and for the environment to have meatless meals. Your dinner looks great!

  9. Jenya 07.21.2011

    You should try the Smoked Tofurkey at Trader Joe’s. The stuff is awesome. My meat loving husband actually requests it for his lunches now.

  10. I love you, I really do, but I just think it’s hilarious when people north of Kansas freak out about the heat. Here in Texas, we’ll be reallllly lucky if we stay under 110 all summer!

    That burger looks delish! :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.21.2011

      It’s not so much the heat, it’s the humidity that makes it so dangerous. Blech, so awful!!

  11. Lindsey 07.21.2011

    I made those burgers on the weekend and yes they rock! Best ones I have made to date for sure!

  12. Ali 07.21.2011

    That burger made me salivate. I usually can handle the faux meat meals, but I feel a little gross after eating them. I do, however, love the fake chicken nuggets!

  13. Hope 07.22.2011

    That veggie burger looks so good! :) I’m definitely going to try making that once I get a food processor. Haha.

    I am not a big fan of the “fake meats.” I have tried some of them and I just don’t seem to like any of them.

  14. Ashley 07.22.2011

    That workout sounds great! I may give it a try! Thanks :).

  15. Dream Mom 07.22.2011

    That burger looks good! I won’t eat faux meats (Boca Burgers, etc.) or anything made with soy. I do make my own veggie burgers from scratch and love them. I also make my own hamburger buns and then grill my veggie burger, add cheese and then either spinach, romaine lettuce or Boston lettuce. Yum! I am definitely going to try these those. Love the crunch factor.

  16. Phil K. James 07.22.2011

    Perhaps we could improve on this burger by using meat? Just kidding, looks delicious.

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  20. Shio 02.29.2012

    This recipe was AMAZING!! I could not believe how flavorful it was, thank you for finding this yummy recipe!!! And BTW your recipes and workouts are quite awesome! Who knew vegan eating could be so flavorful! :)

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