Quinoa Burgers

So, I’ve been a vegetarian on and off since I was about nine years old. At this point in my life, I probably just qualify as a picky eater, but my family and I still joke that I’m a “part-time vegetarian.” I’m extremely grateful to my mom – who cooked for the family basically every night growing up – for working around my pickiness and experimenting with new recipes to find things I could eat.

One of those recipes is this one for quinoa burgers, which let me enjoy all the condiments and sides of cookouts without having to eat hamburgers and hot-dogs. It’s a personal favorite of mine and I decided to make it this week because it’s something I know I’d be happy to eat for days, which can be great when you’re trying not to go to the grocery store as often during the pandemic.

Potstickers

This is a recipe I have fond memories of my mom making growing up, although she most often used this filling to make egg rolls. However, recently she mentioned making potstickers with it and of course that inspired me to make some of my own. It’s an incredibly simple recipe and works well for me because I can either keep the filling in the fridge and make a few each night or make them all at once and freeze them until I want to eat them.

Broccoli Cheese and Noodle Soup

For me, broccoli cheese soup is one of those quintessential childhood recipes that my mom always made. It’s quick, simple, and easy, which is a great combo now that I’m in college and have to cook for myself. Now that it’s fall I just had to make it (okay, we’ve had one weekend of weather below 70º, but I’m trying to be aspirational). This is also a recipe that goes great with my mom’s homemade bread — as you can see in the picture — but I’ll post that recipe another time.