Athlete’s Fuel – Sunshine Burgers

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The following post is sponsored by Fit Approach LLC on behalf of Sunshine Burgers.

When I first started really being conscious of what I ate back in my early 20s, there wasn’t much out there for veggie burgers. At most, you’d find one that was filled with chemical fillers, soy and not one single veggie in it. No wonder anytime a veggie burger was mentioned, a wrinkled nose was soon to follow.

Thankfully, the market has changed a LOT since then.

When I buy veggie or bean burgers, I want just that – veggie and beans. I don’t want weird ingredients. I want whole food that I could easily make in my own kitchen. One of my favorites to have on hand in the freezer for quick weeknight meals is Sunshine Burgers. The ingredient list is short with everything that I can pronounce.

Sunshine Burgers are a vegan burger made with organic whole-food ingredients that are gluten free. In addition, they are wheat, soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanut free. All of their products are Non-GMO Project Verified. That’s free of a whole lot of stuff so what is actually in it? A base of sunflower seeds and cooked brown rice are used to hold all the ingredients together.Β  Most have beans but two flavors, Garden Herb and Shiitake Mushroom, do not.

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Most importantly, how does it taste? In my opinion, it is one of the best tasting plant based burgers out there. Even my meat loving hubby agrees! It’s full of protein to help fuel our active lifestyles. As a runner, protein is what keeps my body healthy under the strain of each workout. Adequate protein intake accelerates muscle growth and speeds recovery by helping rebuild muscle fibers stressed during a run. Since protein helps muscles heal faster, runners who consume the right amount are less likely to get injured. And I’m all about not getting injured anymore!

Sunshine Burgers are great as a burger on a bun. But with so many new flavors, I wanted to play around a bit.

The Shiitake Mushroom Burger was calling my name. I just love mushrooms! This “Cheesy” Mushroom Quinoa Bowl just came together by accident. I hate calling it a recipe because it’s more of “Let’s throw that in because it sounds good” type of meal. Actually, that’s how most of my “recipes” are born.

We usually have a large batch of prepared quinoa on hand for meals during the week. I also like to make up a pot of “cheesy” sauce. I usually make a variation of THIS recipe. It is so good and goes great with everything. If you want a ‘cheesy’ taste without the dairy, it’s the perfect alternative in my opinion.

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"Cheesy" Mushroom Quinoa Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Sunshine Burgers (I used Shittake Mushroom) - thawed or warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • Half of red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped Mini Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • "Cheesy" Sauce
  • 2 cups prepared Quinoa
Instructions
  1. Spray a large skillet with olive oil.
  2. Add red onion and brown for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add Sunshine Burgers and "crumble" into the skillet. Stir.
  5. Once combined, add "cheesy" sauce and prepared quinoa.
  6. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes till all ingredients are warmed.

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As you can see, this recipe comes together in no time at all for a healthy, protein packed, plant based meal that satisfies.

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39 comments on “Athlete’s Fuel – Sunshine Burgers

  1. I’m so glad you posted this today! I had eaten black bean burgers in the past and I had totally forgotten about them. They were delicious and full of protein, like the ones you’re talking about today. I will absolutely add these to my shopping list b/c they’re healthy and FAST!!
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  2. I’m not a fan of veggies burgers {usually because they are loaded with soy} but THESE look amazing. I clicked over and the ingredients are so good. Yay for a new generation of veggie burgers!
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  3. I’ve never seen those before – where do you buy them? They sound pretty good! Not sure how I would handle the base though, if you say it contains sunflower seeds. In the last couple of years I have a thing now when I eat them that my throat feels a little tight…but if they’re just an ingredient in the base I wonder how much is actually in there. Probably better safe than sorry in my case, but I bet my wife would love these!
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    1. I buy mine at Hannaford, Shaw’s or Market Basket. I think one of the first ingredients is sunflower seeds…maybe not a good idea to experiment with them just to be on the safe side!

  4. Ooooh athlete fuel! You caught my eye! I am always looking for new ways to add nutrition to my diet, and veggie ones are even better! I have never heard of sunshine burgers, but they look wonderful! I would love to give them a try! Your review is so well written, and very convincing! I am gonna have to find these now!
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  5. I’ve heard about these on several blogs this week and look forward to trying them! I’ve gotten away from veggie burgers due to all the extra ingredients but haven’t found anything to replace them with, other than making my own, which I don’t often have time for. I’ve never thought about crumbling them to use in a recipe like this. It looks delicious.
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  6. These sound great! I’m always looking for a tasty veggie burger for those days I really don’t want to take the time to make my own. And your recipe sounds good (and apparently we create recipes the same way πŸ™‚ ). But I have to say that after clicking over to the other Angela’s cheese sauce, Mac and cheese is kind of calling my name right now.
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  7. These look good for a quick meal…which seems to be my life right now. I obviously like anything that doesn’t have all the junk. I am going to check these out. I always forget about preparing a big thing of quinoa for the week.
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    1. Why do so many companies think veggie burgers = soy? Dr. Praegers is my other favorite although Sunshine Burgers are a little bit heartier and more flavor. Give them a try. You’ll be surprised!

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