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Kale and quinoa burgers with sweet potato fries makes a delicious and tasty lunch. The burgers are from the Strong Roots frozen range.
How often do you eat vegetarian food? I don’t often eat vegetarian meals. Many people believe cooking with vegetables is limiting. This is not true, vegetarian meals can be tasty and filling.
These kale and quinoa burgers are proof of that. They sound strange but are very tasty. The crisp quinoa coats a layer of mixed vegetables. The burger works perfectly in a bun making a healthy and low fat lunch. Sweet potato fries make the perfect side dish.
Strong Roots is a start up food company from Ireland. Their aim is to revolutionise frozen food with fresh flavours and locally sourced food. Currently they have four products in the range:
The one I find most exciting is the ripened avocado. These are avocado halves which have been frozen when perfectly ripe. You can just take them out of the bag, leave for two hours and they are ready to use. This is so much easier than buying an avocado and having to wait for it to ripen.
Both the oven baked sweet potato and the garlic roasted sweet potato are useful to have in the freezer. These make great side dishes for many different meals.
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The kale and quinoa burgers with sweet potato fries are really easy to make. The burgers and fries bake in the oven for thirty minutes, They are then ready to serve. The secret to a good burger is in the trimmings. Everything from the choice of bun, sauce and side ingredients can make or break a burger.
First you need to choose the right bun. It needs to be firm and not fall apart when the burger is eaten. It also needs to have taste or the burger will feel bland. I find that brioche buns are a great choice. They absorb the sauces well and add a subtle flavour to the burger.
A good burger needs sauce. Ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard, which is the best? I like to make my own burger sauce by mixing equal amounts of ketchup and mayonnaise. I then stir in little dash of mustard. Spread this on both sides of the bun. For extra flavour a dollop of tomato relish is perfect.
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Trimmings can make or break a burger. Salad is perfect, add a few slices of tomato, cucumber and crispy lettuce. Gherkins are optional. Some people love them and others hate them. I love them and add lots to my burger. Fried onions or onion rings are also a great addition. A slice of cheese is also nice.
This kale and quinoa burger went perfectly with the salad and made a lovely lunch. The burger is full of flavour and I didn’t feel I was missing out on the meat. My son also thought it was tasty which was surprising. He normally does not like kale.
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I was sent the Strong Roots range to try out. My opinions are honest and my own.