Daily Archives: September 12, 2011

Treehouse Family BBQ

This past weekend summer was still raging in Vancouver and with 25○c + temperatures we organized a Treehouse Family BBQ!

There are currently seven of us living in this crazy awesome house (varying ages, professions, interests, maturity levels… haha) but we all get along great! *knock on wood* We decided to have a potluck style BBQ and all make something for the grand BBQ. We had a wonderful variety of dishes: Kale salad, veggie skewers, fresh corn, pita pizzas, garlic bread, homemade baked fries and black bean quinoa burgers.

Along with this great health kick I’ve been on since I’ve arrived in Vancouver, I’ve started to experiment more and more with healthy, clean eating recipes! Since most of our household is vegetarian I decided to make Black Bean Quinoa Burgers as my contribution!

Recipe time!

  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 sweet potato cubes (frozen)
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp italian spice
  • dash of pepper, basil and cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Step #1: Sautée your favourite things! Mine this time consisted of red onion, garlic, olive oil, sweet potato pieces (frozen I had in the freezer).

Step #2: Chop fresh parsley (I’ve found a new love for parsley… in everything)

Step #3: Rinse black beans

Step #4: Mix in black beans, parsley and any and all spices! I used italian spice, fresh cracked pepper, basil and a bit of cayenne pepper!

Step #6: Mash entire mixture and add in one cup of cooked quinoa. Mix together nicely and form into patties.

Step #7: Bake at 350○C for 30 minutes. You could at this point pop them on the BBQ for a few minutes to get the charcoal flavour but because we had the veggie skewers on it, I just baked the burgers!

We ate them on thin burger buns, topped them with avocado, sliced hot-house tomatoes, spinach and a bit of tatziki.

While we were preparing I decided to try my hand at a fruity, refreshing, summer-y cocktail!

In the mix: Soda water, peach/melon V8, fresh iced tea and a small amount of white wine. Topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries.

It turned out quite good actually – everyone wanted one!

One of our BBQ guests brought us an amazing polish cake for dessert and we had a big fruit salad to complement it!

I can’t recall the name of the cake, but it was made from large wafers with caramel, jam and custard lightly spread in between the layers, then topped with melted chocolate and pecans.

I hardly ever have desert, but I couldn’t pass up this light desert and tea to end the evening!

I don’t know why, but Faith and I have adjusted to Vancouver remarkably well. We know our way around the city like the back of our hands and are comfortable trying new things and going new places. We get along with almost anyone and are so fortunate to have found our Vancouver home filled with great people.

A lesson I’ve learned, time and time again is that the way to reach your goals, no matter what they are is to surround yourself with good people because even when you stop believing in yourself – they won’t.
I’m happy to report I’ve found those people here in Vancouver.


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