This summer has been a little on the crazy side of busy (in the best way possible!) and I’ve been super delinquent in getting my 1 year (!!) Life with Lars post up. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed when I go to sit down and write those posts every couple of months because I just can’t confine him to a few hundred words. He’s so much more than that to me and most of the time I don’t even know where to start.
So while I’ll probably write an update sometime in the next month or so, for now I’ll give you the abbreviated version.
- He’s walking!! He started walking a week or so before his first birthday and we pretty much haven’t sat down since. His little waddle just cracks me up and while he caught on shockingly fast, he is still falling left and right which makes me want to have him wear a helmet 24/7.
- He’s saying mama and dada and when we ask “How big is Lars?!” he throws his hands up in the air and we say “SOOOO big!” Cutest. Thing. Ever.
- He’s eating allllll the things. Gone are the days when I have to make special meals for him, because he pretty much eats what we eat. He’s still lukewarm on meat but does pretty well with veggies and can eat more fruit in one sitting than I can. His favorites: yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, homemade cheese crackers, homemade graham crackers, pasta, any cheese besides string cheese, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and he’s just starting to get back into oatmeal and bananas after a little stint of refusing them for about a month.
- He’s super curious, always exploring, and very interested in other people. Tonight we were out to dinner and he turned completely around in his high chair and just stared at this poor woman trying to eat her dinner with a huge smile on his face. Luckily she didn’t mind.
Okay, enough about my little guy (but really, I could never talk too much about him!) and onto the food. Buffalo Quinoa Burgers. Mmmm so spicy and SO good! It’s really no secret that I love everything buffalo-fied (liiiiike here, here, here, and here) and these are certainly no exception. They even got a “MMM these are GOOD!” from my meat-loving husband.
I topped ours with GO VEGGIE Sriracha slices which gave the burgers even more of a kick, and also kept things on the healthier side, along with lettuce, tomatoes, and a healthy drizzle of more buffalo sauce. We also ate ours on toasted pretzel buns which if you’ve never had them – RUN to your grocery store and get them. They are everything you think they would be. So yes – buffalo quinoa burger + pretzel bun is where it’s at.
These Buffalo Quinoa Burgers are a super fun and spicy way to jazz up your Meatless Monday. They’re pretty simple, made with chickpeas, quinoa, breadcrumbs, egg, green onions, red onions, and buffalo wing sauce and can be whipped together and ready to cook with the help of a food processor in less than 10 minutes. That is weeknight winning right there, folks!
- 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 small red onion cut into chunks
- 3 green onions chopped
- 3 tablespoons buffalo sauce
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- canola oil for sauteing
- 6 GO VEGGIE Sriracha slices or your favorite cheddar cheese
- Place garbanzo beans, red onion, green onions, and buffalo sauce in food processor and pulse until onion and garbanzo beans are roughly chopped. You don't want it to be a paste so don't overmix it.
- Combine mixture with egg, breadcrumbs, and quinoa and stir until well combined.
- Form mixture into 6-8 patties. I like to make mine smaller because I feel they are easier to flip. I use the lid of a mason jar to form them, by placing a piece of plastic wrap inside of the lid and then pressing the veggie burger mixture into the plastic wrap. Then just pop out the plastic wrap and you have a perfectly formed veggie burger! Alternately, you can just shape them into burgers with your hands.
- Heat oil over medium-high heat.
- Cook patties for 4-5 minutes on each side. For the last couple of minutes, place the Sriracha slices on the patties and cover, allowing it to melt.
- Serve on buns with lettuce, tomatoes, and additional buffalo sauce.