I ate sugar…..not once, not twice, but three times! Oopsie. Each time it was an accident so hopefully I’m forgiven :). Rather than stress about it, I’m just using these times as a reminder to myself that I really need to think about what I’m eating and what it might have in it. It’s amazing how many products are made with sugar! It makes me grateful that I don’t have a food allergy because I realize how easy it is to forget—or not think about it—and eat something I’m not ‘supposed’ to eat. I guess if I had an allergy I would me more cautious, but you get the point.
On to my slip-ups. The first time happened on day two when I made some delicious homemade veggie burgers for lunch. I have been wanting to try the Temes Family Carrot Burgers for a long time after my friend Lindsay as been ranting and raving about them for so long. The burgers called for breadcrumbs and without thinking, I dumped a handful of breadcrumbs from my pantry into the bowl. As soon as I mixed them in I realized they probably had sugar and sure enough, I was right. Despite my goal of not eating sugar, I am not willing to waste perfectly good food, so I cooked them and ate them anyway. In addition to the breadcrumbs in the burgers, the recipe also says to coat the burgers in breadcrumbs before they are cooked so that time around I remembered to use panko breadcrumbs that don’t have any sugar.
Anyway, these burgers were a nice break from any other veggie burger I’ve had before. Other than the fact that the burgers are shaped into patties, they aren’t trying to be a burger in any other way. Some veggie burgers I’ve had in the past try too hard (in my opinion) to resemble a regular burger, and usually don’t taste that great. These burgers were totally different—savory with a hint of sweetness. I ate them topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and topped with applesauce. I also dipped each bite into some balsamic vinegar—ala Amanda—yum!
My other slip-ups happened on days three and four. While substitute teaching the other day, a teacher offered me a Ritz cracker at snack time. I was pretty hungry so I ate it, but afterward I realized that it probably had sugar in it. I came home and checked the box of Ritz that has been sitting in my pantry for months on end (I think I bought them for a project with my English students) and saw that they certainly do have sugar in them. Busted again. At least I stopped after the one, right?!
Last, but not least, my husband and I went out to eat at a Turkish restaurant last night. We love their hummus and without thinking I dove right in to the warm, homemade pita bread and slathered some hummus on it. For dinner I had a chicken kebab wrap. Honestly, it wasn’t until this morning that I realized the pita and wrap probably both have sugar in them. I have already decided that I’m not going to worry too much about not eating sugar when I go out to eat, but I still plan to be conscious about what I order and try to avoid ordering things that I know are made with sugar. Last night’s slip-ups could have easily been avoided had I thought about it. I’m going to blame the fact that I have two big finals due this week for grad school and was focused much more on them than whether or not my pita was made with sugar!
And now for the delicious carrot burger recipe thanks to the Temes family:
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup shredded carrots
1 slightly beaten egg
1 cup bread crumbs (plus ¼ – ½ cup additional crumbs to roll patties in)
2 tbsp finely chopped onions (or a handful of dried onion flakes)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp worcester sauce
½ cup sunflower seeds (optional)—I used walnuts because that’s what I had on hand.
Combine all ingredients (including the 1 cup bread crumbs, but reserve extra). Form mixture into four balls and shape into patties. Coat patties with additional bread crumbs. Fry/cook in butter in a saute pan, until browned (they often burn a little, or get kind of black, but thats ok).
Serve on buns and/or topped with cinnamon and applesauce.
*Also delicious dipped in balsamic vinegar.