Chickpea & Shiitake Turmeric Burgers


“Whenever we’ve become addicted to judging and mistrusting ourselves, any sincere gesture of care to the wounded places can bring about radical transformation. Our suffering then becomes a gateway to the compassion that can free our heart. When we become the holder of our own sorrows, our old roles as judge, adversary, or victim are no longer being fueled. In their place we find not a new role, but a courageous openness, and a capacity for genuine tenderness—not only for ourselves, but for others as well.”

– Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance 

Chickpea & Shiitake Turmeric Burgers with Chili Lime Sweet Potato Fries


1/2 cup cooked quinoa
16 oz chickpeas, soaked and drained or rinsed from the can
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 large shiitake mushroom
2 green onions
2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbs oat flour
1/2 tsp ground mustard seed
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbs olive oil
pinch of salt

2 sweet potato
1 juice lime
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbs light beer
4 tbs tapioca flour

  1. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°. Wash and slice sweet potato into thin strips, leaving the skin on. In a medium bowl, mix fries together with lime juice, beer, chili powder, and tapioca flour. The tapioca flour will form a hard crust on the outside of the fries, making them nice and crunchy when they come out of the oven. Place in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, turn the fries over and bake for another 15 minutes or until crispy.
  3. In a food processor, pulse chickpeas and shiitake mushrooms until coarsely chopped. Add quinoa, spring onions, garlic, lemon juice and cashews. Mix until coarsely chopped, then add raw cashews and pulse until incorporated into the mixture. Stir in mustard seed, turmeric, salt, and oat flour. Shape into patties and roll in breadcrumbs, covering the surface. Set in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, or until patties firmly hold together.
  4. Remove the patties from the refrigerator. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Cook the burgers for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until a crunchy crust forms. Pop in the oven with the fries for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Top your burger with avocado smash, dill and alfalfa sprouts, sweet onions, and cheesy tahini dressing. I also kept some tahini dressing on the side so I could dip as often as I wanted.