Lovin’ on Some Sunshine

Hey everybody! Hope you are all having a good week/count-down to Christmas! The temps are dropping around here and word has it we may be getting a white Christmas this year.

Whoop-idy freakin’ doo!

You guys know my thoughts on winter weather and everything that it brings. Tell me I’m not alone when I say that I would trade a snowy white Christmas for a warm sandy beach in a friggin heartbeat! I see more fun in watching sand run between my fingers as I create a mystical sand-castle than feeling the temporary paralysis of those fingers as I try to make a snowman out of snow that won’t even stick together enough to make a one snowman butt! (Tennessee snow is NOT good snowman-making snow)

Obviously, I was in need of some sunshine in my life today and since the weatherman couldn’t wouldn’t help me, I decided to find some myself!

A few months ago I discovered Sunshine Burger on facebook. It is a company out of New York that makes flavorful vegetarian burgers from seeds and grains instead of traditional soy beans. On my last trip to Whole Foods, I found them in the frozen section and knew I had to try one!

With my last bowl (*tear*) of Spicy African Peanut Soup at lunch today, I finally made my way through all the leftover soup I made last week and decided tonight would me the best night to enjoy a little “sunshine”!

The directions really don’t get any easier! You can microwave, bake, grill, or cook on the stovetop, none of which take over 15 minutes. Since I’m still a Procrastinating Penelope and still have yet to buy a new microwave, I went with the stovetop…five minutes per side and she was ready to eat!

Served with baby spinach on a sprouted grain bun and a side of baked sweet potato fries seasoned with some smoky paprika!

The burger was perfect…unlike any veggie burger I’ve had before! It was very juicy with just the right amount of flavor. No bland burger wanna-be here! I can’t wait to try out the their other products.

By the way, that glob of brown stuff on my burger would be this heavenly condiment:

One of the best barbecue sauces I’ve had and without any preservatives or HFC’s!

Dinner was not the only “ray of sunshine” included in my day today. Breakfast was a new one that I got over at Christin’s blog.

Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Pudding

What’s in the bowl?

  • 3/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • splash of vanilla
  • pumpkin pie spice and extra cinnamon to taste

I stirred all the ingredients together and then topped this creamy chocolatey pumpkin-ny goodness with some PB&Co “sun” and Pumpkin Spice Molasses Quinoa Granola!

The protein-packed bowl kept me full ALL morning! Thanks for the great idea Christin!

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