One thing I did not anticipate when I moved out of my parent’s house was having to feed myself. Don’t get me wrong, somewhere in the back of my mind I knew it was true but I guess I managed to suppress those thoughts. Yes, I realize I am 24 years old AND a food blogger. I did successfully manage to survive living on my own for 5 years so those skills are there, but there’s something about moving back into your parents home that causes you to regress. As you know I love to bake, but part of the reason why I used to post so many baked goods was because my parents were feeding me meals. I should clarify that by “feeding me” I am referring to my Mom’s awesome cooking and my Dad’s fabulous chauffeur skills to one of our 3 spots: Burger Shack, Tabbouleh or Churassco (miss you!). But now I’m on my own and not just feeding myself, but that 6’3 dude who supposedly shares my space. It’s forced me to cook more meals and in the process I’ve discovered that I actually kind of love it. It also works in my favour because I cook and C takes care of absolutely everything else around the apartment. Fair deal, right? I think so… Lucky for me, C puts up with my insistence that we eat our veggies and fish and doesn’t get mad at me when I tell him a cookie is unhealthy when in reality it’s gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, made of air etc…Moral of the story is, think you hate cooking? Give it another shot! You can’t live off Mommy and Daddy’s cooking forever (says the girl who had her Mom drop fish off at her apartment yesterday…shhhhhh).
Serves: Yields: 10 burgers
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (any colour), cooled completely (1 cup uncooked)
- 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (not in oil)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Place in refrigerator to cool faster.
- Add cucumber to a food processor and process until completely broken up.
- Add in red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and parsley and pulse several times.
- Add in chickpeas and process until it all comes together into a sticky mixture.
- Add quinoa, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Process until mixture can easily be rolled into balls (about 40 seconds).
- Divide and roll into 10 balls.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add coconut oil or olive oil.
- Place several burgers in pan an flatten slightly with palm.
- Cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until outside is crispy.
- Serve warm on it's own or on a bun.
- Will keep for several days in refrigerator.
Do you enjoy cooking or do you make yourself do it? Have you ever moved out and then moved back into your parent’s house?