chickpea quinoa burgers with thai peanut slaw

Quinoa Chickpea Burgers with Thai Peanut Lime Slaw

“What’s the point in winter once Christmas is over?”, I whisper to myself as I put on two coats, a big-enough-to-cover my big-enough head scarf and three pairs of socks (frozen toes anyone?) in order not to die in an attempt to go outside.

I agree that the “let’s hide under our blankets and drink warm beverages as if it was our job” part is quite nice. The part where I have had to run on the treadmill  for three days in a row because it’s raining buckets outside… not so much.

And the fact that it is pointless for me to buy pretty clothes, because, hey, it’s not as if you could see them under all those coats anyway… that sucks too. 

 

 

I’m still trying to decide what I dislike the most: is it the freezing weather which makes me feel like a popsicle all the time? Or is it maybe those dark black clouds (like my soul in winter days!) covering the sky and making me not want to go outside? Actually, I think that the rain is the worst part. Like, some people think it’s all cool and nice, the rain. Yeah, go tell that to my iPod after I attempted to go for a run last Sunday. Never in my life had known it was possible to rain that much… my iPod is still sitting in a bowl full of rice, for the record.

See? Winter = not nice. Warm soups and stews are lovely when the season starts and we’re all actually excited that it’s starting to feel cold and all that jazz. “I’ll be able to wear my new boots!” we claim with joy. “Blankets, tea, coffee, warm cookies YAY!”. Yes, we’ve all been there, don’t deny it. I was so excited about it at first… but now I want it all to be over.

 

 

Someone please take winter away. Bring back spring and sunny days and happiness and stuff. I want to see tons of recipes for ice-cream in my Pinterest feed. I need colorful salads, with fresh seasonal produce. I’m longing to see flowers everywhere; blue skies and no clouds.

Pretty please.

If I have to put up with another more of these super cold windy winter days… I’m going to hide under my bed and pretend I’m a human burrito. Which, by the way, I’m getting really good at. I mean, it’s so cold outside that rolling one’s self into a blanket is what’s up here now. Don’t judge, this is what the cold does to my brain cells.

Dumb, dumb everywhere.

 

 

I should stop complaining about winter because I don’t think there’s any of you listening to me by now. It’s ok, I’m whiny and I know it… But it’s about time we talk about this great burger + slaw combo.

This, guys, is my way to tell winter “you suck, go home now”. Instead of crying because I’m cold and stuff, I resolved making my self a big bowl of this colorful coleslaw: crisp, fresh and drizzled with the most awesome Thai dressing ever.

This combo is utterly amazing, and you shouldn’t miss it if you’re a big fan of Thai cuisine. With soy sauce, ginger, peanuts, maple syrup (you can use honey if not vegan!) and lime juice, this slaw surely packs a big punch of flavor that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

 

 

Bonus points for the fact that it is super colorful and will definitely take the winter blues away. At least as long as there’s salad left on your place. Once it’s over, you have to go back to real life.

Or to the fridge, so as to make yourself some more salad.

Yeah it happened here.

Don’t we forget about the patties though! I went for a pretty basic recipe to make all the flavors in the slaw shine trough, but in this case, “basic” doesn’t mean boring! With quinoa, chickpeas, oats and cornmeal, these have the most wonderful texture ever. Not to mention they pack a lot of fiber/protein/vitamins too! Then I added some diced bell peppers, but you could use here any veggie combo you’d like. Let your imagination run wild here!

 

 

These burgers keep fresh in the fridge for days, which is perfect, because that means it makes a week worth full of lunches for this busy student here. No one in my household likes quinoa (weirdos), so yeah, they were all for me. They’re perfect to snack on trough the week too. Actually, I like to take them to school to snack on during breaks.

Yeah, people think I’m weird. No, I don’t care. I know they’re all secretly jealous because boring ham sandwiches can’t compare to funfetti quinoa patties hehehe.

Have I mentioned that these are vegan and gluten free? I myself don’t have any dietary restriction, but I do love to play around with vegan/gluten free recipes which end up tasting incredibly awesome. And because I feel bad when you my vegetarian friends have to leave comments in a recipe for chicken nuggets #whooops.

 

 

Go make these. Perfect way to kick winter in the butt, trust me!

 

Thai Peanut Lime Slaw
Serves 6
Fresh, crunchy and incredibly yummy!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 head of a red cabbage
  2. 1/4 head of a green cabbage
  3. 1 + 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  4. 1 red onion
  5. 1/8 cup toasted peanuts
For the dressing
  1. 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  2. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  3. 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground chili flakes
  5. 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
  6. juice from 1 lime
  7. 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Julienne all of the salad ingredients and toss them into a bowl.
  2. Stir in all of the ingredients of the dressing in a jug and mix until creamy.
Notes
  1. Do not pour dressing on your salad unless you're going to eat it inmediately. It'll get brown otherwise!
  2. Honey can be used in place of maple syrup.
earthly taste http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
Chickpea Quinoa Burgers
Yields 9
These burgers are so good you'll choose them over meat everytime!
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  2. 1 cup low-sodium vegetabl broth
  3. 3/4 cup rolled oats
  4. 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  5. a 15oz. can cooked chickpeas
  6. 1 tablespoon dark sesame seed tahini
  7. 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  8. 1 flax egg
  9. 1 + 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  12. 2 cloves garlic
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to instructions on this post. That way it comes out perfect every time!
  2. Add all of the ingredients but the diced bell peppers and the quinoa to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Stir in diced bell peppers and quinoa and mix with a wooden spoon until it's all combined.
  4. For patties with your hands. You should get about 8-9.
  5. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a pan and when it's warm, fry the patties until golden.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you don't like bell peppers, you can use your favorite combo of veggies. Peas, zucchini,carrots... all work.
  2. Eggs work perfectly if you don't have flax eggs on hand.
  3. These will keep up to 5 days in the fridge.
  4. This recipe is vegan + gluten free.
earthly taste http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. Unlike yours truly, who will spend hers studying for exams and crying because of the rain.

Happy Friday!

 Consuelo

51 Comments

  • Reply Carmel Moments February 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I have no idea what this tastes like obviously. But you haven’t definitely got my attention with those beautiful photos. Lime slaw sounds delish! And I’ve never thought to use quinoa in a burger. Great idea!

    • Reply Consuelo February 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you Melanie dear! I’m so glad you like these. Happy Friday! :)

      • Reply Amy February 20, 2014 at 12:36 am

        My comment sent prematurely. Oops! Anyway, I started the quinoa cooking and went to step 2 where I added “the rest” of the ingredients, including the cup of broth. I thought it seemed crazy but did it anyway. Now I have mush and not enough ingredients to start over. I’m actually an experienced cook so I feel especially stupid. Had I read the quinoa instructions you listed I would have realized you wanted the broth to go in the quinoa. But I cook it so often, I didn’t bother looking- until it was too late.

        • Reply Consuelo February 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

          So sorry I didn’t clarify it in the recipe and it didn’t turn out as it should have :–( I’ll fix that now. And sorry again!

        • Reply Amy February 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

          It was my fault. I made them the following day, using carrots. They were a huge hit. The kids thought they were breaded chicken patties and ate seconds! Great way to get them to eat healthy food!

          • Consuelo February 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

            So happy to hear you and your family liked them! xx

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry February 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    oh my! These burgers would kick winter in the butt any day of the week.

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite February 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Oh man I was just thinking how I want to make my own veggie burgers! And I love thai flavors! It’s like you’re reading my mind or something! Totally pinning this so I remember to make it!

    And yea, winter stinks. We’ve been getting a ton of snow here in NY! C’mon spring, get here already!

  • Reply Autism United February 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Burger makes me think summer, summer makes me think, no snow.
    Great looking quinoa chickpea burger, can’t wait to see if I can make.

  • Reply Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) February 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Well I know what we’ll be having for dinner one night next week. Pinned!

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife February 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    These make me think of summer days! Take THAT nasty winter.

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes February 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    umm thai peanut lime slaw? hi, let’s be friends :)

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen February 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Hope the rain goes away and you have sunny skies next week! This burger looks amazing and I love the slaw. Pinning!

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal February 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Well these are just gorgeous! And that slaw? Perfection.

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor February 14, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I love a good slaw and this one looks so good with that burger. Have a great weekend, Consuelo!

  • Reply Laurel y Menta February 15, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Creo que volvemos a estar de acuerdo contigo Consuelo: el invierno es demasiado laaaaaargo, muy cansino…. Estamos deseando que llegue la primavera, que el sol brille de una vez, que haga calorcito, que veamos flores por todas partes…. En fin, no sigo…
    Las hamburguesas, con esa ensalada y ese aliño, de 10. Muy originales.
    Un besito.

  • Reply Renee@Two in the Kitchen.com February 15, 2014 at 1:26 am

    These sound delicious!! And so healthy! I saw your pic on food gawker Consuelo, it looks amazing!!!

  • Reply cheri February 15, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Fantastic sounding recipe. Thanks for sharing. Will have to try!

  • Reply Cindy February 15, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I just haven’t reached the point where I’m ready for winter to be over. In my home state it is hot for nearly 9 months of the year, so winter is always welcomed. Either way these Quinoa burgers would be yummy! Great idea and combination. I must try! Pinning!!

  • Reply Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner February 15, 2014 at 4:31 am

    HAHA – I like that a human burrito! Our winter has been freezing…. I love the side salad you paired with the burger!

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon February 15, 2014 at 4:44 am

    These burgers look like the best veggie burgers ever! I am seriously so excited to try making these :) I always wish it was summer all through winter and then as soon as a hot day comes along wish it was winter again! Although two coats does sound very very cold…

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce February 15, 2014 at 5:24 am

    one super healthy burger! love this!

  • Reply erinsilvius February 15, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Oh my yum. These are brilliant. Love love love the flavor combination here. And I hope you’re iPod is on the mend! Not fun. About as much fun as the dreadmill. Booo! Stay warm and let’s hope summer comes ASAP! Have a fantastic, restful weekend!

  • Reply tohercore February 15, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Yum, bookmarking these ones, they sound right up my alley! Lovely photography too x

  • Reply Ashley February 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    haha I’m ready for the snow / ice to stop but not to give up my boots! haha I love wearing them! These burgers look so good Consuelo, especially with that peanut slaw!! Happy weekend friend : )

  • Reply Monica February 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I am totally, 100%, with you on the end of winter! We are supposed to get yet another 2-4 inches of snow (on top of the foot of snow we got 2 days ago)…i am really over it. And I am also with you on the quinoa chickpea burger! Love it!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments February 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    These look fabulous, Consuelo! We made quinoa cakes at school and I loved them. I’m the only one that likes it at home, too, and I would happily eat them all. :) Pinning!

  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life February 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I love veggie burgers that look “meaty” – not that they’re trying to pass themselves off as meat (not a fan of those), but that they look substantial and super satisfying in their own right. These + that delish slaw looks like one perfect meal! :)

  • Reply Jessiker Bakes February 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Yes! This burger looks so good and I love that it’s like a real veggie burger and not the terrible frozen ones. I can’t relate on the weather right now since I’m actually glad it’s raining to cool this country down but it’ll get warm soon!

  • Reply Nicha February 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I know exactly what you mean when it comes to winter. I have a rainy instead of snowy February this year, which is odd but better because it is at least warmer. Your burger and salad seems like a very good combination. Crunchy inside and on the side. Love it!

  • Reply Mireya Merritt (@HealthyMireya) February 16, 2014 at 12:15 am

    For me the sauce is the best part of your salad, but the vibrant red and orange colors also make me feel like running into the kitchen to make it now.

    • Reply Consuelo February 16, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Aw thanks Mireya! :–)

  • Reply josefinetm February 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I’m SO tired of winter too! Especially when you think of how awful it is to run in the winter time. Treadmills just aren’t as funny to run on and running in meters of snow or pouring rain is SO not nice.
    But well, let’s spice the winter up with some nice food, right? These burgers look so good. Pinned!

    • Reply Consuelo February 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Yes, I HATE treadmills with a burning passion :–( And running under the pouring rain (which I have been doing for the past three weeks ugh) sucks because now my nose is runny all. the. time :–(
      Thanks Josefine! Enjoy your Sunday! x

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen February 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    oh my gosh, two AMAZING recipes in one post?! you are spoiling us, consuelo. also, i totally resonate with your winter blues – this is just the worst time of the year! :( i bet these burgers would be the perfect pick me up though, definitely bookmarking this recipe!
    the hobbit kitchen x

  • Reply Layla @BrunchTimeBaker February 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    What a great recipe!! this is the kind of recipe I would be proud to make using quinoa and chickpeas!

  • Reply Kelly February 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Hehe, I’m with you and ready for winter to be over and warmer weather to arrive :) These burgers look fantastic Consuelo, I love that you made them with chickpeas and quinoa and they sound perfect with that peanut slaw! Hope you are having a great weekend so far :)

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner February 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I just made chickpea patties the other day! Love your idea of adding quinoa and I must try that next time. :)

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) February 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Love the new website design! I am SOOO over winter too. I got to escape to Florida for the weekend and realized I’d almost forgotten how lovely sunshine feels. Making these burgers for lunch this week. I love Thai food!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven February 17, 2014 at 4:02 am

    a) LOVE THE NEW HEADER!!!!

    b) All of these healthy recipes are making me droooooool. I love a blogger who can make me drool over healthy recipes!

    c) winter S-U-C-K-S. So over it!

    • Reply Consuelo February 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you dear! xx

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.come February 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Consuelo, these look fantastic! I’m trying to get more vegetarian meals on my menu (I was vegetarian for years, but now that I eat chicken again, it’s been too easy to fall back into the habit of adding chicken to a meal) and these look perfect! Also, I fried an ipod a few years ago after running with it in the rain. It did eventually start working again…kind of…but it’s sort of temperamental now! Good luck!

    • Reply Consuelo February 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      I think it’s all fixed now, thanks! And so glad you like these by the way! xx

  • Reply blahnikbaker February 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Oh my gosh!! The new blog looks AMAZING!!! I love it!!! And well, this meal too. The winter blues are depressing me too and I am trying to get more citrus/ exciting meals in my life to make up for it!

    • Reply Consuelo February 17, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Yay, thanks dear! x

  • Reply ✽. aimée .✽ / WallflowerGirl.co.uk February 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Sounds super delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo February 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE February 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I dislike the clouds more than the cold! It helps if it is sunny and cold…but if its cold and cloudy..YIKES! Love this recipe…First time on your blog, and I love how you put the nutrition facts. Awesome! I love Thai Peanut anything…I will have to try 😉

    • Reply Consuelo February 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you very much Kelly! x

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment February 18, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Hey Consuelo, did you change your blog design again? I really like it! So clean and simple! It really showcases your beautiful photos and recipes 😉 Sorry things are so gloomy out your way, but girl, I think you’d hate it even more here. There’s definitely no running going on, the snow plows have pushed 3+ feet of snow over all the sidewalks! I’m so ready for Spring too and your bright and beautiful burgers are making me crave it even more! Love that crunchy slaw… 😀

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