Earth Day and Veg. Burger Review

Review: Hilary's Eat Well HEMP-AND-GREENS-BURGER

Happy Earth Day! (And Hump Day!) I feel like every day we keep spinning is technically Earth Day. I am thankful to be alive and healthy; I hope you are just as blessed.

I know today isn’t Food Porn Friday, but I really want to highlight this awesome burger I had last night.

Have you heard of the brand Hilary’s Eat Well? I had never heard of them until this weekend when I picked up two of their frozen burgers from Target. I was definitely a little hesitant, because I’m not usually a big fan of frozen burgers. These burgers were hard to pass up trying though, because they’re gluten free, yeast free, dairy free, and egg free (among other things). So I went for it.

Best purchase all weekend!
I was ravenous last night after the gym, so I chef’d them up on the stove. I didn’t use oil, but I did add some oregano and pepper to both patties while they were cooking. The patties are a little big for the buns I use, but somehow I managed to pack them in with caramelized onions (also no oil), tomato slices, and lettuce. It was a food orgasm in my mouth.

I ate both of those bad boys. I realized after the fact that I probably could have stopped at only one patty, because damn was I full! They’re perfect for anyone looking for a quick meal; an extra vitamin boost; or even as something to take to a cookout.

Hilary’s Eat Well has a ton of different types of burgers on their website. I had the Hemp & Greens Burger last night. I also have the Root Veggie Burger in my freezer for later this week. I forgot to take pictures of my burgers before I ate them, but I did get a couple shots of the package and ingredients list. I’ll try to get better about this.

Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good: These cooked really nicely in a non-stick pan without any additional oil. They had a bit of a crunch to them, but it was a nice characteristic. These burgers are huge. You probably wont need sides or extra helpings after eating the two patties each package comes with.

The Bad: These patties are almost too big. It could have been the buns I used, but the patties were jutting out of the sides. This might not be a con for anyone else out there, and it will certainly not stop me from eating these again, but I think you should be warned. Use big buns.

The Ugly: This one is definitely a user error. The pan I was cooking the burgers on was too small to fit both patties. Like the genius I am, I used it anyway. The result was one of the patties breaking in half first, and then into thirds. I had to stack the pieces onto the bun. This made for an ugly burger, but a damn yummy meal. Just as a precaution, use a medium to large pan if you’re going to cook these on the stove.

So that’s it, my first product review on Fit & Fancy Life. Yay! (My dogs just looked at me funny when I fist pumped while rereading that. So judgmental…) I hope you have a great Earth Day, and let me know if you’ve tried other products from this company. I’d love to get your suggestions.

April @ fitandfancylife Signature

*Disclaimer: I don’t get paid to do product reviews or name-drop Target. I legitimately found the product on my own, ate it, and wrote a review of it. Also, I love Target. It’s one of the few stores I like. I’m not sure if it’s because their online store is fantastic, they have Starbucks, or the fact that there’s one across the street from my apartment. Regardless, this is a legit review.

Food Porn Friday:

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This week has just been a really dreary week with rain, rain, and more rain. As a result, my food porn stash has grown quite significantly. Here’s my favorite three recipes for today’s Food Porn Friday.

 

Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Protein Bars (sugar free, gluten free, vegan)
Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Fudge from Desserts with Benefits

I always did like to start with my dessert. These are amazing! They make being healthy feel so naughty. On her blog, Jessica, tells you everything you might need to know about these little devils. She includes the nutritional facts, ingredients, and a comparison to her recipe versus regular fudge. And people think we just eat salad…. Make sure to check out the recipe and other goodies by Jessica here.

Simple Potato Leek Soup
Potato Leek Soup by The Kitchen

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a quick weeknight meal. It even gets the boyfriend approval stamp. Once you get past the fact that there’s optional bacon sprinkled in the picture, it’s pretty great. All you need for this recipe is three ingredients, one pot, and one blender (or hand blender). How simple is that? Check out this recipe, by The Kitchen, here.

Raw Vegan Pad Thai
Raw Vegan Not Gross Pad Thai

So I recently discovered Laura Miller’s YouTube channel, Raw Vegan Not Gross, and have been on a serious video marathon ever since. The video only came out yesterday, but this is on my weekend cook list for sure. The video is roughly four and half minutes long, and I think that’s about as long as this recipe actually takes to make. It’s super simple, healthy, and makes a ton. Check out this recipe and Laura’s other videos here.

That’s it my lovelies. I’ll try to remember to post photos of my vegan and vegetarian meals so you all can see that I do actual make these yummy treats. If you’re a foodie like me, I’d love to see what you make too! Follow me @fitandfancylife on Instagram so I can follow you and your own Food Porn collection.

April @ fitandfancylife Signature

Food Porn Friday

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I like porn as much as the next person, but there’s a certain type of porn that gets even the most prudish of individual’s heart racing. Food porn! And lucky for people like me, food porn has a whole genre of vegan and vegetarian options to drool over. Meat free, guilt free, and oh so sexy.

Some of these I’ve made before and there’s some that are on my baking bucket list. The original recipes for each are in the descriptions and you should definitely visit these blogs if you’re looking for more goodies.

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip cookie Dough Bars. (No Bake & Gluten Free)

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Richa’s chocolate chip cookie dough is the answer to all your PMS chocolate cravings. You could make them into bars, actual cookie shapes, or be a bum and eat it as one giant cookie (which I recommend). You can find her recipe here.

 

Creamy Mushroom-Fontina Pasta

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I admittedly make this a lot. I’m a pasta and shrooms addict. I do make a couple modifications for J and I, but it’s still damn delicious. We leave out the wine, add half a cup of water, and reduce the butter to only a table spoon (in order to cook the shallots). It’s still wonderful. Make it tonight…or right now. You can get the original recipe from Brown eyed Baker here.

 

Post Workout Sweet Potato Brownies

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FitMenCook is probably one of my favorite YouTube channels. Kevin is a super talented guy that makes to-the-point recipe videos. His channel has recipes with and without meat. Make sure to sift through his veggie recipes and definitely make these Sweet Potato Brownies! I’m categorizing these as vegetarian, due to the honey, but you can probably replace it with Maple syrup. (If you do, let me know how it turns out!)

 

Peanut Butter & Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches (Gluten Free & Vegan)

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never really liked regular ice cream sandwiches. I’m a chocolate kind of chic, and the vanilla ice cream kind of kills them for me. These Peanut Butter & Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches are a whole other story though. Try them the original way or add some chocolate to the banana ice cream for some variation. Either way, check out the Izzy’s recipe here.

 

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