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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6 Responses to Lovin’ on Some Sunshine

  1. Oooo, I love your swirly peanut butter design. I’m super glad you tried and loved it, and mad thanks for the shout-out! xoxo

    Oh, and Sunshine Burgers rock ruff and stuff, for real!

  2. I am TOTALLY with you on the sunshine! Washington weather isn’t really all that desirable, just all the beautiful green that results from so much water. BOO! Thank you for sharing, you know I’ve seen these Sunshine burgers and wondered if they are any good. I love creative ways of changing things from the “usual”. This protein pudding looks pretty good too!

    • The barbecue flavor was good, but I really want to try their falafel burger! I think it would be tasty with some red onion and feta cheese! Yum! I was very impressed with the protein pudding. I’m all for quick breakfasts that keep me full!

  3. Tancy says:

    Why are you promoting the use of a microwave? Doesn’t the microwaving process chemically alter the food composition, rendering it to be nearly without ANY nutrition whatsoever?

    • I am not “promoting” the use of a microwave by any means. I never relied on my microwave oven when it did work. Mostly, it was just used for boiling water. The simple fact is that any cooking method will reduce some fraction of nutrients in foods. It is actually proven that cooking vegetables in a small amount of water retains more vitamins than boiling the same vegetables on the stovetop. It is true that the ONLY way you are going to get ALL of the nutrients that a food has to offer is to eat it in it’s raw state at the peak of ripeness. There are raw foodists out there, and I applaud them for their decision to live as healthy and natural as possible, but for me it is a commitment that I simply do not have the time for. I hope that I was able to get my point across in this, but please, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at kissmybroccoli(at)gmail(dot)com.

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