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Top 3 Website Marketing Services in Sacramento

For any of the hard working Sacramento professionals out there, marketing is a part of your everyday work life and the day-to-day focus of your company. Sactown has many exceptional companies and a lot of exceptional people, like you, working at those businesses. You already realize the value of marketing, but with a marketing focus using the latest technologies in mind, your business will have an even better shot at setting itself up for continued success.

Web Marketing Sacramento

Broken down below are Three Types of Website Marketing Services that will benefit any Sacramento based company.

Each strategy provides an excellent opportunity for investment of ideas and investment of money to move a company forward.

#1 Facebook Paid Traffic

The first type of digital marketing that companies in the community can turn to is Facebook advertising. Facebook ads are great for many reasons. They allow companies to set their budget. They also help build brand awareness, and their reach can be tailored to a local focus. You can also reach out to a broader audience that is part of the more than 1 billion Facebook users.

It is not just the targeting of Facebook ads that can be specific. Reports of marketing efforts through Facebook can always be gathered in an easy to access method. Facebook metrics can always be viewed. The metrics show the impact of marketing results, both generally and based off of specific criteria.

#2 Google Paid Traffic

Google Advertising is a second type of marketing that can be put to good use for businesses in Sacramento. Similar to Facebook, Google Ads can be very specific. An effort to reach exact targets can be made, and like Facebook, Google Ads have a huge audience to choose from with marketing efforts. The technology also provides very detailed feedback through its own metrics reporting system.

When it comes to paying for Google Ads, no payment is needed until an ad has been clicked. Pay-per-click is Google’s primary means of billing Google Advertising customers.

#3 Free Google Traffic

One last marketing strategy we would like to leave with you is Search Engine Optimization. Search engine optimization (SEO) is when companies are able to maximize their ability to drive website traffic from Google, Bing and other major search engines. It is the process of trying to make a company’s website among the top results found through search engine searches.

There really is no one task to ensure SEO success because Google has hundreds of ranking factors. Proper keyword research, mobile speed optimization, decreasing bounce rate, and even links from other sites help you compete in the search engines.

Conclusion

Digital marketing companies in Sacramento can help with any of the web marketing services above. My favorite traffic sources are Google traffic – especially free Google traffic. But, you have to be selective. Do a quick search for Sacramento SEO and do your due diligence for one of the best agencies in town.

Sacramento is a busy commerce city. Consumers in the Sacramento community continue to grow existing companies. It’s your job to get in front of the buyers that need your local services. Use one of these traffic sources to serve them and good luck!

COOL IDEAS FOR YOUR KIDS BEDROOM

COOL IDEAS

Children’s bedroom is one of the ideal places where they tend to learn facts and concepts about life. Such places in the house need to be designed and made in the right manner keeping their interests and likes intact. But apart from that, there are certain things that you can contribute to making the place a hub for happiness and enjoyment. So here are some cool ideas for your kid’s bedroom.

Their Imagination

A kid’s bedroom will be their world for a very long time. They will be spending a part of their life in the room during moments of happiness, disappointments and a lot more. So it should be the ideal kind of place that they look up to, and the best manner in which you can achieve that is by consulting them. They are small parts of the room that can be filled by their imagination, and you should not avoid them from doing so. Informing them about the feasibility of their imagination is also the best way in which you can give them a blend of reality.

 

The Importance of Instruments

Instrument are one of the best ways through which you can spend a couple of minutes. They are the type of equipment that will remain as a friend during all times and will never leave you. So inculcating the habit of learning an instrument in children will go a long way in improving their talent and passion for life. The easiest way to achieve this is by installing a musical instrument in their room. Each time they play it, you will hear the sound of melody from the living room.

Comfortable Rugs

A kid’s bedroom is a place of comfort and relaxation as they tend to move all around the place. For this purpose, you must place rugs that are soft so that they remain protected if they trip and fall while playing. Soft rugs also enhance the look and feel of the room in the best manner possible, making it a habit for you to sit on the floor each time you visit to share some knowledge and advice. Hence buy some rugs for your kid.

The Theme

The Theme

A kid’s room should not be the same as your bedroom. They need to have a theme, unique colour and all that which makes them happy. So you need to select the ideal theme in this regard. The theme should be something which they look up to and feel the required amount of comfort upon visit. Choosing a theme should also be done based on their interests because you do not want them to be disappointed each time they enter the room.

AMAZING SPRITZES TO MAKE THIS SUMMER

SPRITZES

Boring summers can be the worst things to tackle. They make you feel useless, and you will end up lying in a corner all day long. But there are certain things that you can follow to transform and kill boredom and one of them is Spritzes. Yes, that’s right. There is a list of options when it comes to making Spritzes that do not require a lot of effort. So, here are those options that you can follow to make this summer fantastic.

St-German Spritz

German Spritz

This is a beautiful cocktail that is sure to taste delicious, and you can make it in a matter of no time. All that you need here is 2 ounces prosecco, 11/2 ounces of St.German (obviously), some soda water, garnish and lemon twist. All these ingredients mixed together will make the best drink that every guest will love to taste. So grab a bottle of St-German right now.

Cucumber Ginger Fizz

The Cucumber Ginger Fizz is another great drink to have this summer, and we are sure it will light things up for you. Some ounces of soda water, 2 ounces of cucumber juice, half ounces of lime juice and ginger syrup and some garnish lime are all that you require to make this ideal drink. It can also be described as the best non-alcoholic drink that you can offer to someone who does not enjoy the occasional drink.

White Wine Spritzer

White Wine Spritzer is one of the easiest drinks that you can make within a few seconds. ¾ cup white wine, ¼ cup of club soda, garnish and lemon wheel are its ingredients. This ‘easy to make drink’ is ideal for situations when guests arrive unexpectedly. Such circumstances might be surprising, and you will be confused regarding what to offer. So go back and spring up a bottle of White Wine and make this excellent drink.

White Wine Spritzer

Negroni Sbagliato

The Negroni Sbagliato is one of the best drinks that you can make with Negroni. If the taste of Negroni has not disappeared from your mouth, then we are sure that this combination is going to delight you to a large extent. 11/2 ounces of sweet vermouth, Campari, prosecco and some garnish orange twist are things that you require for this delicious drink. This mix is also a social media sensation, so make it and post it.

Lanique Summer Spritz

25 ml of Lanique, 50 ml of Prosecco, garnish lime, and any tonic of your choice makes the famous drink known as the Lanique Summer Spritz. Each sip makes you feel the freshness that you have been longing for a long time. So what are you waiting for? Get up from that couch and make some Spritz.

 

TOP 3 SMALL BUSINESS IN CLEVELAND OHIO – VOTED MOST USEFUL

Small Businesses in Cleveland – The report on the 2019 Small Business Profile from the US Small Business Administration shows enormous prospects for small businesses in Ohio. Ohio has 949,749 small businesses and employs around 2.2 million people.

There is a need for better amenities. Residents have been clamoring for professional services for their homes and hygiene around their home. It has been challenging to select the better amongst the crowd. People have a harrowing time in searching for information and narrowing down the vendors from the group.

However, there have been several small businesses going out of their way to serve the community. We have undertaken the pains to select the top three Small Business across sectors and have brought them in front of you. Do read on for more!

Pescara Plumbing, Inc. Cleveland Ohio

They offer affordable residential and commercial plumbing services in and around Cleveland, Ohio. They cover the entire gamut of plumbing activities and includes the following amongst others:

  • Water Heaters installation and repairing
  • Bathroom remodeling
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Leak detection
  • Drain cleaning and sewer repairing
  • Shower installation and repairing
  • Camera leak detection
  • Backflow testing

Embarking on a mission to provide clean and affordable service to its clients, Pescara Plumbing ensures your property is clean like before; the task will be carried out with speed and skill. To top it off, they provide highly skilled service at the lowest cost. So, if you’re ever in need for plumbers in Cleveland Ohio – you know who to call!

Cleveland Ohio Roofing

They are roof repairing and restoration specialists and are active in helping in NE Ohio residents in their roof problems. Their founder has a rich experience of over ten years and is instrumental in bringing the company to where it is today. They have years of experience in the following activities:

  • Residential roofing
  • Venting
  • Roof repairs/leak fixes
  • Roof tune-up or preventative maintenance
  • Inspect and repair gutters
  • Chimney repairs
  • Installing chimney caps
  • Commercial roofing:
  • Flat roofing
  • Tapered insulation
  • Preparing and repairing built-up roofs
  • Metal roofing

Bed Bug Barbecue, Inc.

They provide bed bug extermination services around Cleveland, Ohio. With extensive hands-on experience in eradicating bed bugs, they offer environment-friendly and professional service. Their processes are safe for older adults and children as they have zero chemicals; zero emissions policy. They have been providing services to residential as well as commercial establishments with equal ease.

They are experts in:

  • Bed Bug Extermination
  • Bed Bug Eradication
  • Bed Bug Heat Treatment
  • Killing Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Eggs

Their USP happens to be their commitment to 100% chemical free and 100% guaranteed removal of bugs. This stems from their years of experience in this field and a proprietary heat treatment technique that makes them amongst the best in Ohio. They also offer first-bed bug inspection for free!

Conclusion

While undertaking this voting, we found that numerous small businesses are very professional and take projects diligently. They were faced with the problem of not being able to reach out to the general public at large. We have reached out to these small businesses through this voting, and it will be our continuous endeavor to ensure that they begin to thrive.

 

SLOW COOKER CARNE ASADA TACOS WITH PICKLED ONIONS

I’ve decided I need to start having more dinner parties or at least people over for dinner more. A friend from work had me over for dinner last weekend and it was so lovely and such a great way to start the week… if there is a great way to start the work week.

The problem I’ve run into with having more than one person over for dinner is that I have two chairs at my kitchen table. This was intentional as I have always planned on getting a bench for one side because I’m so into the bench + chairs look. I’m super into communal tables and the bench gives that vibe.

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Sunday Night dinner parties with Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos.

So I know I haven’t talked about it yet but I went to Sayulita a few weeks ago just because I needed to escape every day life + surf + get a tan + eat a ton of tacos. Isn’t choosing what type of tacos to eat kind of difficult? Fish tacos are always number one because… fish tacos. I love vegetables so I’m always so tempted to get whatever veggie taco is on the menu. Then there’s steak tacos.

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Who can resist steak tacos? (Besides vegans).

Traditionally carne asada tacos are made from skirt steak and just seasoned with salt and pepper and seared. I don’t have a real grill and wasn’t going to do beef injustice by killing it on my grill pan (which I have done before). Then I remembered the slow cooker and thought, “hey all these taco stands in Sayulita are cooking their meat all day so maybe I can too?”.

These Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos are one of my greater culinary feats but I am going to have to say – the pickled onions may have stolen the show. I wanted to make pickled onions without sugar and luckily, they were insanely delicious.

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The best pickled onions ever.

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Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos

5.0 from 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos with Pickled Onions

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Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
6 hours
Total time
6 hours 20 mins

Author: Cassie
Recipe type: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: Mexican, Gluten Free
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
Slow Cooker Carna Asadas
2 lb flank steak
1 orange, juiced
1 onion, chopped and separated into 2 parts
⅓ cup cilantro, chopped
1 serrano pepper, chopped
2 tbsp garlic, divided
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp olive oil, seperated
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Salt + pepper to taste
Pickled Onions
2 large red onions
1 cup red wine vinegar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp pink himalayan sea salt
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp sesame seeds
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
To assemble tacos
12 corn tortillas
8-12 oz store-bought salsa verde
queso fresco
avocado, sliced
Instructions
Slow Cooker Carna Asadas
In a large bowl mix together half the onion, half the garlic, half the olive oil, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper.
Add raw flank steak into onion mixture and massage mixture into steak with your hands for 3-5 minutes.
In a large skillet, add half the olive oil on high heat.
Add flank steak to skillet and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat.
In slow cooker, add the rest of the onion & garlic, orange juice, lime juice, serrano pepper, apple cider vinegar and crushed red pepper flakes and mix until well combined.
Add seared flank steak to slow cooker and mix until everything is well combined.
Cook on low heat for 6 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
Remove flank steak and let cool. Once cooled, place on cutting board and shred meat with two forks.
Assemble tacos with cooked meat and store with juices from slow cooker in refrigerator up to one week.
Pickled Onions
Spiralize the onion (or chop into half moon shapes) with Blade C.
Place onions in a glass bowl with lid.
Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and shake to combine.
Let sit in refrigerator at least four hours before using.
To assemble tacos
Heat corn tortillas on a skillet on warm heat. Remove from heat.
Add carne asada, pickled onions, salsa verde, avocado, queso fresco, avocado or any other toppings desired to warm corn tortilla.

MINT ARNOLD PALMER AKA MINT LEMONADE ICED GREEN TEA

When I was in Portland over the 4th of July weekend, I had an intense craving for lemonade. I usually only crave lemonade once per year, typically around July I suppose. I’m not into sugary drinks (or sugary anything, really – slightly sweet is more my game) so I don’t usually enjoy lemonade.

When my dad picked me up from the airport after my insanely delayed flight, he lamented about how we had no food in the house since I hadn’t been home and asked if I was hungry. I was luckily smart enough to eat at the airport (only smart enough because my plane was delayed three plus hours since Delta can never seem to find their crews), but since we didn’t have any food, I didn’t have anything to take to lunch at work. We have a great cafe, yes, but I also did not want to be seen by anyone not in my immediate area since I had slept on a plane. Also I wanted to be sure that my dad was eating something healthy, so we stopped by Panera for salads to take to our respective offices.

I ordered an iced coffee but when I went to pour it there was an unsweetened acai green tea staring back at me. Unsweetened, you say? I had to try. So begins craving iced tea for a week straight.

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Arnold Palmer in this photo or John Daly? You decide.

You can make this Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea into a John Daly with a little bit of vodka.
5.0 from 1 reviews
Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea

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Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
15 mins

Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea, a perfect paleo treat for a hot summer’s day. No refined sugar!
Author: Cassie
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo
Serves: 5
Ingredients
5 cups filtered water
4 green tea bags
2 lemons, juiced
¼ cup mint leaves
¼ cup honey
Instructions
Bring water to a boil.
Add tea bags and turn off heat. Let sit for a few hours, until cool.
Push excess water out of tea bags with a spoon.
Pour tea into a medium sized pitcher.
Add lemon juice and honey. Mix well.
Add mint leaves and mix again.
Pour over ice and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 54 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 14.4 g Sugar: 13.9 g Sodium: 2 mg Fiber: 0 g Protein: 0.2 g

THE HEALTHIEST CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

One year ago today (I’m writing this on Sunday morning) I sat down and wrote my first blog post on Almost Getting it Together. I also ran the Montour Run Half-Marathon (which I ran this year, I’ll recap tomorrow – today is for celebration) and discussed running a half-marathon unprepared (foreshadowing?). I wrote a few posts, bit the bullet and bought my domain name, then six months later began working with my designer to make my blog look more professional and moved to self-hosting (which I am thankful for every day).

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It’s not a Blogiversary without sprinkles.

One of the biggest things blogging has taught me is to be patient. I used to have no patience whatsoever. I used to have a fear that if something didn’t happen within a certain time frame, the world was going to end. I’ll let you in on a little secret – I’ve ruined a good number of relationships, recipes and belongings by not being patient. I’m learning how to not feel the need for instant gratification. My mantra currently is “Patience, Pisone”. Yes, there are times I’m ready to give up on whatever it is because I just want it now but what is that going to serve me? I’m not going to get what I want because I gave up, so was it really worth it to not be patient?

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Fun fact: I almost accidentally made this photo title the President of WVU’s Twitter handle.

As far as patience with blogging goes, I couldn’t come out of the gate and be Sincerely, Jules or Cupcakes and Cashmere or Edible Perspective. It’s been a lot of hard work to grow my blog, a lot of time and even more passion. If you ever need a reality check on what it’s like to grow as a blogger, go look at the very first posts bloggers have written. Would I love to blog full-time some day? Yes. But that isn’t going to happen overnight.

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One thing that still needs patience and work? My food photography skills.

Angela asked if I was going to make a special recipe for my Blogiversary. I honestly didn’t plan on it until she mentioned it. I actually considered going all out and making a recipe with real butter and sugar and all of those things, but Almost Getting it Together started because I made a pan of black bean brownies once that were insanely delicious and everyone at work told me to start a blog for my recipes. (I am capable – and willing – to make those things, just for the record.) I had to stay true to my roots! (I should have recreated those brownies for my Blogiversary but I wanted something with sprinkles.)

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Note the icing on my finger. I couldn’t wait to try these.

This is to thank everyone for coming to my blog. Almost Getting it Together finally gave me the creative outlet I wasn’t getting anywhere else. I look forward to reading your comments every day. I’ve made friends who have talked me through some crazy shit (Davida talking me down at 2 pm on a weekday over FaceTime with a glass of wine or Erin standing on the street in Oakland with me, telling me I’m making the right decision, even if it feels so hard.) It makes my entire day when someone has tried my recipe and loved it or someone in my life tells me they like my blog (dove love to all my sorority sisters at homecoming last year who told me they loved my blog!).

Sooo… real quick let’s chat about these cupcakes. Gluten free, refined sugar free, oil free… and I still want to eat the entire pan. The texture isn’t super cake-y, more devil’s food cake-y thanks to the egg whites. There are 82 calories in each of these cupcakes… and 4 grams of protein. I know, I’m pretty talented. That means you can have a couple of these and a glass of champagne and not feel guilty. You’re welcome.

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The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
35 mins

82 calorie chocolate cupcakes with less than 7 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein! Refined sugar free, gluten free and oil free!
Author: Cassie
Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 18
Ingredients
Cupcakes
1 large zucchini, shredded
1 cup Gluten Free Baking Flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg + 2 egg whites
⅔ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup honey
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp salt
Peanut Butter Frosting
8 oz plain 0% Greek yogurt
¼ cup peanut butter
2 tbsp cottage cheese
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray with coconut oil.
Mix gluten free flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
In a medium size bowl, mix egg, applesauce, vanilla, and honey together.
Make a well in dry ingredients and add wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
Add shredded zucchini and continue mixing until well combined.
Pour batter into prepared tins, filling ⅔ of the way full.
Bake for 20 minutes until a fork inserted comes out clean.
Let cool completely.
While muffins are cooling, mix Greek Yogurt and peanut butter in a food processor until well combined.
Add cottage cheese, maple syrup and vanilla and continue mixing.
Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with peanut butter frosting.
Top with sprinkles and enjoy guilt-free!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake Calories: 82 Fat: 2.4 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 12.1 g Sugar: 6.7 g Sodium: 72 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 4.0 g

CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD ENERGY BITES [RAW, VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE]

Whenever I think about making energy bites, which I do every three weeks or so because a batch lasts me that long, I usually just think about what I have to use up and what sounds good. These ones I was basically just eating straight out of the food processor like some sort of animal. Next time I need to make a batch, I really need to recreate these.

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These guys get me to run some mornings.

This month’s Recipe Redux theme was things that pair with chocolate. Bananas are an immediate choice. So is peanut butter… of course I used both because I feel the need to eat nut butter and chocolate with everything always.

If I had more time, I probably would have recreated the most amazing dessert I think I have ever had (except maybe sans this insane goat cheese dessert I had once) that was on the menu at Lazy Bear last week, but alas, the past few weeks of my life have been a little… crazy. Thank you for all your kind comments on my Lemony Snicket-esque string of bad luck (props to Suz for that awesome pop-culture call out). So instead, you guys get these balls of deliciousness that I made in November. Whoops. I’m really classic at that.

After my juice cleanse and pretending I was going to get my life back in order, I bought a jar of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter because… why not? I’ve actually had it for a month and it’s only a quarter of the way eaten, which means I’ve probably had three servings spread out over a few weeks, so I’ll chalk that up to a win. I’ve been having some dark chocolate at night or maybe a baby spoon full (and I mean baby, like a couple teaspoons) of chocolate hazelnut butter. I really need to remember I keep chocolate-y energy bites around for that same reason.

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Remember when I would have awful chunky energy bites?

Chocolate Banana Bread Energy Bites [Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free]

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Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
10 mins

Author: Cassie
Cuisine: Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 24 balls
Ingredients
1 cup dried bananas
1 cup dried figs
1 cup cashews
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Vega Recovery Protein Powder)
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
½ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp sea salt
Instructions
Soak dried figs and bananas in filtered water for 15 minutes.
Drain figs and bananas and place in food processor with cashews. Pulse until crumbly.
Add protein powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, cinnamon and sea salt to food processor and continue to combine until a ball forms.
Place ball in airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Form into 1″ balls and store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or the freezer for up to two months.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 84 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 10 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 7 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2 g

CUBAN BLACK BEAN AND QUINOA VEGGIE BURGER

I was never much of a veggie burger person, even whenever I was a vegetarian (once in high school, once in college). Actually, in high school I did it totally wrong and just ate like cheese and crackers and that was about it. Anyway, for some reason I was just craving veggie burgers a few weeks ago.

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Please ignore the fact I haven’t invested in high quality mustard yet. It’s a real commitment issue with me.

I could say there is a great really veggie-focused, organic place by my apartment… but that is basically a blanket description for anywhere in San Francisco. The one in question though is called The Plant Cafe Organic, which Gina introduced me to during a vaguely hungover brunch following Halloween. She told me they were known for their veggie burgers.

As we all know, I didn’t have kitchen things for about a week after I moved to SF. So I was eating basically every meal out. Plant Cafe had wifi, amazing salads, whatever… all of those things. Long story short, I started eating there every day, maybe twice a day, because I am a creature of habit and when I’m exhausted I can’t make decisions (I can’t make decisions even fully rested, let’s be real). You know what I never had though? One of their veggie burgers. So I need to get on that.

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Naked veggie burger if your body composition isn’t 20% mustard like mine.

I’m not really into cooking meat for myself, at least if it isn’t grilled. And I don’t have a grill. Because I live in a studio apartment in the city. (I did buy a grill pan from West Elm, but it isn’t the same). So now I am experimenting in other forms of protein, mostly eggs, tofu and… homemade veggie burgers.

I ate my Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers over salad (of course I did) with ketchup and mustard. They are a little spicy, so you might want some avocado if you are susceptible to that kind of thing. I’m also linking up with Tina for Meatless Monday because it seems like 9 times out of 10 I’m posting a meatless recipe on Mondays.

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Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger

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Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger

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Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
40 mins
Total time
50 mins

Author: Cassie
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: gluten free, vegetarian
Serves: 5 patties
Ingredients
½ cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup water
1 can black beans (I used Cuban style from Trader Joe’s)
⅔ cup pumpkin puree
¾ cup almond meal
¼ cup buckwheat flour
1 egg
1 tbsp roasted garlic
1 tbsp dijon mustard
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions
Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Place in pot with water and cook according to package directions. Once cooked, let cool.
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Add cooled quinoa.
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil or Slipat.
Form patties with mixture. Place on baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes, flipping carefully halfway through, or until tops begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pattie Calories: 250 Fat: 9.7g Saturated fat: 1.0g Carbohydrates: 32.3g Sugar: 2.6g Sodium: 461mg Fiber: 8.3g Protein: 11.4g