“What’s the point in winter once Christmas is over?”, I whisper to myself as I put on two coats, a big-enough-to-cover my big-enough head scarf and three pairs of socks (frozen toes anyone?) in order not to die in an attempt to go outside.
I agree that the “let’s hide under our blankets and drink warm beverages as if it was our job” part is quite nice. The part where I have had to run on the treadmill for three days in a row because it’s raining buckets outside… not so much.
And the fact that it is pointless for me to buy pretty clothes, because, hey, it’s not as if you could see them under all those coats anyway… that sucks too.
I’m still trying to decide what I dislike the most: is it the freezing weather which makes me feel like a popsicle all the time? Or is it maybe those dark black clouds (like my soul in winter days!) covering the sky and making me not want to go outside? Actually, I think that the rain is the worst part. Like, some people think it’s all cool and nice, the rain. Yeah, go tell that to my iPod after I attempted to go for a run last Sunday. Never in my life had known it was possible to rain that much… my iPod is still sitting in a bowl full of rice, for the record.
See? Winter = not nice. Warm soups and stews are lovely when the season starts and we’re all actually excited that it’s starting to feel cold and all that jazz. “I’ll be able to wear my new boots!” we claim with joy. “Blankets, tea, coffee, warm cookies YAY!”. Yes, we’ve all been there, don’t deny it. I was so excited about it at first… but now I want it all to be over.
Someone please take winter away. Bring back spring and sunny days and happiness and stuff. I want to see tons of recipes for ice-cream in my Pinterest feed. I need colorful salads, with fresh seasonal produce. I’m longing to see flowers everywhere; blue skies and no clouds.
If I have to put up with another more of these super cold windy winter days… I’m going to hide under my bed and pretend I’m a human burrito. Which, by the way, I’m getting really good at. I mean, it’s so cold outside that rolling one’s self into a blanket is what’s up here now. Don’t judge, this is what the cold does to my brain cells.
Dumb, dumb everywhere.
I should stop complaining about winter because I don’t think there’s any of you listening to me by now. It’s ok, I’m whiny and I know it… But it’s about time we talk about this great burger + slaw combo.
This, guys, is my way to tell winter “you suck, go home now”. Instead of crying because I’m cold and stuff, I resolved making my self a big bowl of this colorful coleslaw: crisp, fresh and drizzled with the most awesome Thai dressing ever.
This combo is utterly amazing, and you shouldn’t miss it if you’re a big fan of Thai cuisine. With soy sauce, ginger, peanuts, maple syrup (you can use honey if not vegan!) and lime juice, this slaw surely packs a big punch of flavor that will make your taste buds dance with joy.
Bonus points for the fact that it is super colorful and will definitely take the winter blues away. At least as long as there’s salad left on your place. Once it’s over, you have to go back to real life.
Or to the fridge, so as to make yourself some more salad.
Yeah it happened here.
Don’t we forget about the patties though! I went for a pretty basic recipe to make all the flavors in the slaw shine trough, but in this case, “basic” doesn’t mean boring! With quinoa, chickpeas, oats and cornmeal, these have the most wonderful texture ever. Not to mention they pack a lot of fiber/protein/vitamins too! Then I added some diced bell peppers, but you could use here any veggie combo you’d like. Let your imagination run wild here!
These burgers keep fresh in the fridge for days, which is perfect, because that means it makes a week worth full of lunches for this busy student here. No one in my household likes quinoa (weirdos), so yeah, they were all for me. They’re perfect to snack on trough the week too. Actually, I like to take them to school to snack on during breaks.
Yeah, people think I’m weird. No, I don’t care. I know they’re all secretly jealous because boring ham sandwiches can’t compare to funfetti quinoa patties hehehe.
Have I mentioned that these are vegan and gluten free? I myself don’t have any dietary restriction, but I do love to play around with vegan/gluten free recipes which end up tasting incredibly awesome. And because I feel bad when you my vegetarian friends have to leave comments in a recipe for chicken nuggets #whooops.
Go make these. Perfect way to kick winter in the butt, trust me!
- 1/4 head of a red cabbage
- 1/4 head of a green cabbage
- 1 + 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1 red onion
- 1/8 cup toasted peanuts
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chili flakes
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
- juice from 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons water
- Julienne all of the salad ingredients and toss them into a bowl.
- Stir in all of the ingredients of the dressing in a jug and mix until creamy.
- Do not pour dressing on your salad unless you're going to eat it inmediately. It'll get brown otherwise!
- Honey can be used in place of maple syrup.
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup low-sodium vegetabl broth
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- a 15oz. can cooked chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon dark sesame seed tahini
- 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
- 1 flax egg
- 1 + 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 cloves garlic
- Cook quinoa according to instructions on this post. That way it comes out perfect every time!
- Add all of the ingredients but the diced bell peppers and the quinoa to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Stir in diced bell peppers and quinoa and mix with a wooden spoon until it's all combined.
- For patties with your hands. You should get about 8-9.
- Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a pan and when it's warm, fry the patties until golden.
- If you don't like bell peppers, you can use your favorite combo of veggies. Peas, zucchini,carrots... all work.
- Eggs work perfectly if you don't have flax eggs on hand.
- These will keep up to 5 days in the fridge.
- This recipe is vegan + gluten free.
I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. Unlike yours truly, who will spend hers studying for exams and crying because of the rain.