Though a homemade veggie burger always tastes better than the packaged kind, there are some packaged veggie burgers that I like. Off the top of my head, I am a fan of:
• Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
• Morningstar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Patties
• Morningstar Farms Sausage Patties
• Morningstar Farms Chik’n Patties
• Boca Chik’n Patties
Yes, I know that these are like the fast food of the package veggie burger world with an ingredient list a mile long with all sorts of weird crap, but I like them and they’re easy. I will often put one on top of a salad for some extra protein at lunch.
So, when I saw some new flavor of Boca burgers that advertised that they only had 2 Weight Watchers points (normally the sort of veggie burgers I buy have 4), I grabbed them. I should have known better.
This was quite possibly the worst veggie burger I’ve ever had or at least had in a long time. Bleh. No wonder they are only two points. Two points of disgusting.
In order to remedy my bad veggie burger experience, I decided to go the homemade route and made Green Curry Veggie Burgers with Black Beans and Walnuts. Much more than two points each, but worth it. I halved the recipe, which made four patties. They were a little hard to cook because they were so soft and they broke apart very easily, but they were really tasty.
They’re not the prettiest thing, but neither is the pre-packaged kind.
What’s your favorite pre-packaged veggie burger?
I know I write about this a lot, but I have a love/hate relationship with running. Maybe love/hate is the wrong term. The amount that I run just seems to ebb and flow. Sometimes I’ll sign up for race after race and I’ll be running a lot and other times, I run once, maybe twice a week at most. Lately, I’ve been in a running once or twice a week phase. It wouldn’t be a problem except that I’m running the Peachtree (a 10K) on July 4th. I guess I should probably train a little better! I haven’t run more than three miles at a time in several months. Oops.
Normally, I don’t like doing races where I don’t feel prepared but the Peachtree is different. It’s one of the world’s biggest 10Ks with 60,000 participants. I’m in Wave E, which starts 20 minutes after the first wave, but it goes all the way to like Wave X, which starts like two hours after the first wave. So it’s crowded and if you’re in the back, it’s nearly impossible to run. Since I’m closer to the front, there will likely be more runners than walkers (you can submit a qualifying time to get a better starting placement). But I still feel like it’s a crowded race and PRing is not on my mind.
I’m not really feeling running lately, but I did want to do something new to switch up my routine. Enter Best Body Bootcamp.
If you’re not familiar, it’s an online program that you do on your own that’s run by my friend Tina. Today was the first day. It was a 30 minute or so cardio workout that I did during my lunch hour at the gym. I definitely worked up a sweat. There was also an optional 20 minute cardio part. I signed up for this tennis team at work (I suck at tennis, but there was an opportunity to join the “practice” team if you were a beginner so I did that) and I thought that would be my cardio, but it got rained out, so I just took Murphy for a walk to satisfy my cardio requirement. And also because he demanded it.
One thing that I really love about Atlanta is how many outdoor festivals there are during the warmer months. There is one seriously every weekend and they are mostly free. This weekend was no different and we went to the Midsummer Music and Food Festival in Candler Park. (Kind of a strange name since it’s technically not even summer yet and definitely not mid-summer, but I’ll let it slide!)
We walked around the festival first, seeing what was there. It was a mixture of some hippie art booths selling dresses and things like that and food trucks mostly.
After deciding that there was nothing that we wanted to buy, we set up our blanket by the stage. We got there around 5:30 and it wasn’t too crowded yet.
Our friends Emily and Brian joined us a little while later and we hung out and listened to the bands, before heading to the food truck area to get something to eat. I ended up getting something from Mix’D Up.
I had the Santa Fe, which was a black bean patty with avocado, pico de gallo and cheese. It normally came with chipotle ranch dressing but I got it without.
It was pretty good. What I really wanted was a tofu banh mi sandwich from a different truck, but they were out. I also had a King of Pops strawberry lemonade popsicle.
As it started to get later, it definitely got more and more crowded.
The only band playing that I really knew (well knew one song) was Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and they came on at 9.
Definitely more crowded then! They were good and played a 2-hour set which is pretty long for a free festival, I thought. I wonder what festival we’ll go to next weekend!