McCurry Burger

Helloooooo πŸ˜€ Thank you for all of the sweet wishes regarding my upcoming move- it’s definitely bittersweet, but I’m SO stoked to be near family and civilization.

Last night, in honor of Indian Food Wednesday, we enjoyed some Tandoori-spiced Chickpea Burgers


aka the McCurry burger πŸ™‚

To make the burgers, I put 1/4 sweet onion and 1/4 bag of organic baby carrots in the food processor and pulsed,

to that mixture, I stirred in 1 1/2 C cooked long grain brown rice (about 3/4 C dry)

brown rice

Spice action!


I seasoned the mix with Juliet Mae Tandoori spice (new in my OpenSky store)

and stirred in a can of organic chickpeas that had been blended in the Vitamixalicious


+ 1 T Nama Shoyu, 2 T hemp seeds, hefty sprinkle of Garlic Gold nuggets, sea salt and pepepr

In the fridge for 30 minutes to set,

Into 4 hefty patties:

burgers (2)

Baked for 20 minutes at 350; flipped and baked for 20 more minutes.

Served with roasted veg:

burger and veg

The pilot also had organic chicken seasoned with the Tandoori spice:


He liked it πŸ˜€

If dinner looked a little small… it’s because we had some of these beforehand πŸ˜‰


Just to make sure they tasted ok for the HLS peeps πŸ˜€

Today is going to be a whirlwind!

The plan:

-Turbo + Bfast

-Drop off Vieserton

-Finish packing

-Run last-minute errands and to the post office

-Pray my Rent the Runway dresses get here

-Drop off Bella

-Leave for Jacksonville!

See ya from J-ville πŸ™‚



Something to do: You have until noon EST to send your favorite workout DVD review– I’ll be posting these tomorrow instead of today since it’s been a little frantic up in herrrre πŸ™‚

Something to think: Think about working out as something you do for YOU, not just to burn calories. When you work out, you feel better, you treat others with more kindness and patience than you might have otherwise, problems seem much more manageable after a good workout, and getting your sweat on does crazy awesome things for your health. The calorie burn and physical benefits are just icing on the cake, beebs πŸ™‚

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  1. Kristina on August 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    have a FABULOUS weekend – I *SO* wish I was going (wedding this weekend) but it’s already blocked in my 2011 calendar! πŸ™‚

    safe travels, look forward to reading your recaps and seeing your DRESS !! πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on August 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I can’t agree more with your last paragraph! It is so true. I always feel more confident, happier in general, lessed stressed, and more positive when I exercise consistently. That’s what it’s all about for me!

  3. Mallory on August 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

    your pictures with your new camera are looking fabulous!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 9:08 am

      thank you! i still have no idea how to use it hahaha πŸ™‚

    • Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

      I agree!!!! They make me want to re-create your food even more (if that’s possible πŸ˜‰ )

      Have a safe flight to Chicago! XOX

  4. Laury @ thefitnesdish on August 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Wow…great pics!!!!! Loving the depth of field πŸ˜‰

    Wish I was going to HLS this year!!! I may try making my first batch of roons’ from Ani’s new book! Yours always look so fantastic! Have fun!

  5. Little Bookworm on August 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Those burgers sound amazing, definitely bookmark the recipe! πŸ˜€ Could I replace the hemp seeds with something else though?

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

      flax would be lovely πŸ™‚

  6. Laura T. on August 12, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Cant wait to meet you at the HLS!! Anyway I can get my hands on some of your famous roons?

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

      can’t wait to meet you, too. of course, just tell me you want some when you see me. i’ll have macaroons and garlic gold samples

  7. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on August 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Those burgers look so good!!!

    I totally agree with you: exercise just makes me feel good — it something I can do for myself. (I think Chalene says that on TurboFire haha) — it gives me confidence and makes me feel powerful!

    I agree, your pics look great!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 10:13 am

      yes that’s probably why i’ve been thinking about that! she’s leaves messages in my brain during the workouts πŸ˜‰

  8. Shannon on August 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Hey let me know how your Rent the Runway dresses turn out and if you like using that service if you have time! I get their emails every day and have been tempted but haven’t used it yet!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 10:13 am

      i’ll post a final review after i use the dresses fo sho. i haven’t received the dresses yet and am already not very impressed. the price of one of my dresses went down $100 and they aren’t doing anything to price adjust– i called customer service twice and both people i talked to very unfriendly and not willing to help :/

  9. Whitney @ Whitinspired on August 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I have been dying for a wedding or fancy event to come up so I can take full advantage of rent the runway. Hubby might kill me if I just order dresses to wear around the house and around town πŸ™‚

  10. jenna on August 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

    your macaroons are looking heavenly! i hope your dress makes it in time!

  11. Heather (Heather's Dish) on August 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

    your meal looks perfect!!! seriously, amazingly perfect…i think i know what i’m making tonight!

  12. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on August 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I’m with you. I think burning calories is a nice side effect of exercise but it’s about so much more than that for me. Without exercise my knee pain is so much worse. And for people who aren’t broken, it allows you to keep doing all the things we take for granted until we’re hurt. Like walking.

  13. Beth @ Will Run for Books on August 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Yummmm…why must the fiance hate indian food??? πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  14. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on August 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Ha, love the name “McCurry” burgers! I love pretty much ANYTHING with curry, so these are going on my “to make” list!

    I hope your dresses show up! I’ve looked into Rent the Runway, too, but I’ve been too nervous to try it yet… I can’t wait to see what dresses you picked! πŸ˜‰

  15. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on August 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I laughed so hard when I saw the title McCurry burger! hehe. Have fun on your crazy busy day πŸ™‚

  16. Run Sarah on August 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Those burgers look amazing! Can’t wait to try them out, yum! Love the name, too.

  17. Tina on August 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I think McD’s should feature a McCurry Burger. That place needs all the help it can get on health items after all. πŸ˜‰

    And after I started working out for ME I began to enjoy it so much more. And when I enjoy it, I go more…so it’s a win win.

  18. Paige @ Running Around Normal on August 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Those burgers sound delicious! And I loove me some roasted zuchinni. Hope the dress is delivered today!!

  19. Nicole @ Making Good choices on August 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I totally agree with you, working out is something I do for myself, it’s my “me” time. It’s so important for me to get it in whether it’s 20 minutes of yoga or a nice long run. Those burgers look delish!

  20. Sharon on August 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I missed the recipe for the macarrons somewhere. Where do I find it?

    Too, I agree totally with the exercise comment. You do handle life better when you have taken some time to charge your battery so to speak.

  21. Shanna @ Shanna LIke Banana on August 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Another HLSer? I’m so jealous!

    Congrats on the upcoming move to Orlando..I’m a firm believer that change is always for the good.

    And I tend to start my workouts with the intent of burning calories but mid-way through I just start feeling great and don’t want that feeling to go away πŸ˜‰

  22. Megan (Braise The Roof) on August 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Yum, those burgers look awesome. They’re giving me inspiration for another recipe I’ve been wanting to create… πŸ˜‰

  23. Jennifer N. on August 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Exercise gives me a clean house! After working out I feel so good I feel as though as I could take on the world–which means the loads of laundry and toys strewn ’round the house. One of my favorite side effects!

  24. Lana Wilson on August 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    McCurry burger <–hehe!! Looks delicious!!!

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Even if exercise didn’t burn calories, I think I would still do it because I love the way it makes me feel!

  26. Dawn on August 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Have a safe trip! I’m looking forward to meeting you this weekend!

  27. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Hehe love the McCurry burger! I also feel like my primary motivation for exercising is just doing something that’s good for me. Like Chelsea (above), even if it didn’t burn calories, I’d still do it for the endorphins and the huge rush of energy and good vibes I get! πŸ™‚ Have a fantastic time at HLS!

  28. Veronique @ Hooked on Health on August 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Those McCurry burgers look wonderful! Very creative name πŸ™‚
    Definitely a good idea to use up some chickpeas. I have a can of em waiting for me at home and I think I know how to put them to use now!

  29. Lisa @ Lisa's Foods on the Move on August 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I love veggie burgers and Indian food, so those would be the perfect barbecue addition.

    Just found your blog today, and it’s great. I agree with what you said about exercise – it’s much more meaningful if it’s more than just burning calories. I love to go for walks with friends, or when I go for a run that’s almost a meditation. They’re perfect to balance out my day.

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      let me know if you try them!
      welcome to the little blog πŸ™‚

  30. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Oh congrats girl on the move…I am sooo happy for you! Relocating, even temporarily, is stressful on the outset but once you get settled, you will be loving it!!! and it will be more sweet than bitter, I am so sure πŸ™‚

    Just wanted to remind you to keep your whereabouts, and private info, private on your blog. I have had some sh*t going on and it’s been a huge wakeup call for me. I am telling a few of you lovely ladies who I know don’t have time to read all the posts in the ‘sphere to just be mindful of your safety and privacy. Love you hon!!!



  31. Alycia @ Fit n Fresh on August 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Those look delicious! And I’m loving the new SLR pics! Classyyyy πŸ™‚

    See you at HLS! Yay!!

  32. Pearl Lee on August 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    those burgers look fantastic!

  33. Julia on August 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Gina,
    A while back you wrote how 1 oz of broccoli is equivalent to 1 oz of steak in regards to protein. I am guessing that maybe you are talking about an incomplete protein? Or something that is measured differently then typically seen on a nutrition facts label? I have dabbled in veganism/raw foods diet but I do find that my energy levels decrease if I don’t get enough protein, so I am curious about the stat you mentioned.

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. I also want to thank your husband and all of the others who are fighting for our country–as well as all of their wives who keep everyone strong.

  34. Mac on August 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    The meals look fantastic! It definitely helps me when I don’t think of a workout and “work”, aka a calorie burner.

  35. laura on August 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Simple but gorgeous looking meal!!x

  36. Elli @ 16 and Losing It on August 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Those burgers look fantastic. Its always a good to be reminded that working out doesn’t have to be just a means to an end! It normally starts out that way but I know when I don’t workout I am a totally different person! I love the way it makes me feel!

  37. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on August 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Those burgers look fantastic! LOVE Indian spices πŸ˜€


  38. A Teenage Gourmet on August 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I received Sun Warrior samples in the mail today. I can’t wait to give them a review. πŸ™‚

  39. Crystle on August 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm


    Just want to say that I love reading your blog. And I really appreciate your “Something to think” portion of your posts. It helps to put things in perspective, as well as give a little motivational boost!


  40. amy on August 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I’m in J ville. We need to meet up for lunch.

  41. Ann on August 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I looove RenttheRunway!! Take pictures of your outfits!! Clothes <3 I hope you have fun at HLS πŸ™‚

  42. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on August 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Those curry burgers look delicious!!!

  43. Krystina on August 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    wow your pictures are looking fab!

  44. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on August 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    your pictures are looking a million times better with the new camera! Love it!

  45. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on August 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Working out is the spice of life!! I totally agree with you!
    Have a great trip!
    You pictures look so good….you can totally see the difference. I need to get me a better camara ASAP!

  46. LisaG on August 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Can’t wait to hear updates on your trip. Stay safe and well. I like your “something to think” part too.

  47. on August 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    mmm put that in between some toasted buns and call it a day hehe <3 mmm

  48. Joanna on August 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Nice quote about working out.

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