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. Most have beans but two flavors, Garden Herb and Shiitake Mushroom, do not.
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.
- 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
- Spray a large skillet with olive oil.
- Add red onion and brown for 1-2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add Sunshine Burgers and "crumble" into the skillet. Stir.
- Once combined, add "cheesy" sauce and prepared quinoa.
- Cover and let sit for 5 minutes till all ingredients are warmed.
As you can see, this recipe comes together in no time at all for a healthy, protein packed, plant based meal that satisfies.
Have you had Sunshine Burgers before?
Veggie burgers – love or not so much?