April Cooking By Color – Red
Hope you had a delicious weekend and a Happy Meatless Monday! I was pretty exhausted from a fun-filled day at Texas VegFest and needed some time to relax yesterday (more on the festival soon!). Big thanks to everyone that came to my cooking demo, bought Blissful Bites, came up to me and said hello, and to all the organizers, volunteers, speakers, vendors, and to my partner in crime Austin B. I let him come up on stage with me to talk about his amazing vegan journey as an athlete and people were hanging on his everyone word! It was his first time to speak in front of an audience about his veganism. It was awesome.
Today I want to tell you about Goodseed. It’s a local Austin company making whole food plant-based burgers and breakfast patties. Right now they have two products but will soon release multiple flavors of burgers. If you don’t have these at your local natural food store I highly recommend you start requesting them!
Made with only the best, wholesome ingredients these burgers are some of the best I’ve had. They aren’t like Amy’s which are very meaty-like but more like the kind of grain and lentil burger you would make at home. But they stay together so nicely! With ingredients like millet, lentils, brown rice, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, carrots, beets, dulse, and orange zest (among others) you know you are eating a quality product. They are soy-free, gluten-free, non gmo, full of superfoods and essential fatty acids. Yes please!
I paired these burgers with a beet cilantro pesto for red month! You might just lick this straight from the blender. It has the perfect combination of earthiness and sweetness making it an excellent topper for a burger but also great as a pasta sauce for a raw noodle bowl (which is what I did with the leftover pesto the next day). I julienned purple cabbage and zucchini and tossed with the beet pesto for a wonderful lunch.
If you live in Austin, run to Wheatsville and grab you some Goodseed burgers. You can now get them at the Alamo Drafthouse too!! Support local & small businesses and feel good. You can find a list of where to find Goodseed on their website! I really want these company to succeed so head to your local natural food store and fill out a comment card requesting Goodseed burgers. You will not be sorry you did! Now for the recipe!
Goodseed Burger with Beet Cilantro Pesto
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 25 minutes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup grated beet (packed)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Dash maple syrup
Dash garlic powder
Dash cayenne (optional if you want it spicy)
Water, as needed
Sea salt, to taste
Drain sunflower seeds and place in blender or food processor (I used my Magic Bullet) with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy adding water as needed to get the consistency you prefer. See photo for how I like it. Use as a spread for a burger or as a pasta sauce!
What is your favorite burger topping? What is your favorite thing to do with beets? Have you tried my beet hummus?
I forgot to mention that I used One Bun for the bun here. I really dig this low cal bun/bread alternatives when I’m needing a bun for something. They were great toasted with pb, banana, and cinnamon for breakfast!