Create: Upgrade your burger and fries

One of the reasons why we love Creative Kitchens so much is that, preparing food is already something we do, so being creative there doesn’t mean having to go buy a bunch of new art supplies and paints that I might only use once.

The creative part can be as simple as bringing a new intention to the actions you’re already taking.

Embrace, ‘It’s not what you do, but why you do it.’

For example, the next time you make the same Monday night meal, instead of turning into a robot as you pull ingredients out of the cupboard and mix them together, Practice the Pause and slow down, Savour the smell each spice, each vegetable, Linger just a little longer, and find one thing to be Grateful for. Make the time to Connect, and be Present. See how this changes your outlook on dinner and life.

Another way to get creative in the kitchen (and your life) is to swap out old ingredients for new ones that might bring you more Nourishment and Pleasure. Like a burger and fries.

Instead of beef and white potatoes being your main ingredients (which may or may not be what your body is craving or needing), try this alternative that is packed with vitamins, balanced nutrients, and also tastes divine!

Quinoa Zucchini Burgers

  • Cook the quinoa, a similar proportion to the size of the zucchini.
  • Grate the zucchini and add a bit a salt to it in a bowl to draw out the liquid and season it.
  • Beat an egg and add the zucchini (drain the liquid first), 1-2 tblsp of flour (you can use ground flaxseed, rye flour, or whatever ground meal you want to try).
  • Start adding in other delicious flavours such as roasted garlic, fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, mint, basil etc)
  • Consider spicing it up with some chili or hot pepper flakes!
  • Form into patties and grill for 3-4 min on each side.

Orange Fries

  • Pick your orangey veg of choice… sweet potato, carrot or swede/rutabaga (parboil the swede/rutabaga before roasting so its softer)
  • Slice to desired thickness, and then get creative with the type of oil and seasoning you use.
  • Oil Options:  Olive Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil
  • Seasoning Suggestions: Smoked Paprika, Curry Powder, Freshly Ground Coriander Seeds, Rosemary, or whatever else you fancy
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Mix seasoning with oil in the dish or a plastic bag and coat the veg. Bake in the oven at 200C/400F for 30-40min, turning occasionally.

(Burger recipe inspired by Blue Apron.)

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