If you happen to be in a part of the country where the weather is reaching the point where it cannot seem to decide whether it is summer or fall, you may want to visit your local farmers market to sample the best of both summer and fall. In the accompanying photo, the heirloom tomato (yes, that plateful of tomato wedges came from just one huge heirloom tomato!), little sweet pepper slices, acorn squash, and tiny but yummy sugar pears all came from the Historic Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market in Overland Park, Kansas.
Inspired by a recipe on VegWeb.com, the stuffing for the baked acorn squash is simply leftover cooked Lundberg’s Wild Rice Blend heated in a pan with about a half inch of water and a few handfuls of Aldi’s Southern Grove Nut & Dried Fruit Blend Trail Mix (pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries) and generous sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and real maple syrup. It takes care of the fall aspect of the meal, along with the three cute little sugar pears, and the tomatoes and pepper slices take care of the summer aspect.
The vegan, gluten-free patties in the photo are gluten-free, soy-free, vegan quarter pound Original Organic Sunshine Burgers. Fully cooked and browned and then frozen, they consist of organic cooked brown rice, organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic carrots, organic spices, and sea salt. They are delightful as is, or you may want to serve them with your favorite vegan margarine or your own homemade mushroom gravy.
If you are concerned that this meal may not have enough protein, think again. First, each Sunshine burger contains 12 grams of protein. Second, for vegans, a complete protein most often comes from a combination of protein sources. In this meal, the protein sources are sunflower seeds and rice in the burger and the wild rice mix and all those delicious nuts in the stuffing. Each one quarter cup of the trail mix contains 4 grams of protein, for example. Have you ever tried to stop at just one quarter cup of trail mix? If you are keeping track of your protein intake or otherwise just want to make sure that you have consumed enough protein, simply add a glass of soymilk to this meal. Enjoy!