The Wedding Photoshoot: Part 3 + Pumpkin Chickpea Burgers

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 16, 2009


I hope everyone’s Monday went well!

Tonight I decided to make an interesting sounding burger I read about on Fun Foods On A Budget! 

Pumpkin Chickpea Burgers



Here is my take on the recipe:

  • 2 cups chick peas, cooked
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Spelt flakes
  • 1 Sweet onion, cooked (I only used half in the burgers though and ate the rest) :)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin

I cooked the onion and garlic and then threw everything into my food processor to mix. Then I handshaped 8 patties and placed them on the skillet.

These burgers turned out quite bland for our taste so we added some Tipsy Whiskey BBQ Sauce on top and that added a great kick to them. Something was definitely missing in these burgers (maybe hot sauce???), but I am not quite sure what it is.

All and all they were ok with all my toppings (Spinach, avocado, BBQ sauce, pepper, tomato)….but so are a lot of things loaded with good toppings. :) I much more preferred my version of Black Bean Burgers that I made last month.

Anyone know how to improve these burgers and give them some kick??


With the sauteed sweet onion on the side:



Notice that I have re-introduced my toast since the photoshoot is over! :) I didn’t really miss it too much. What I need to do is make another batch of my organic spelt tortillas!!! Those rock.

The Wedding Photoshoot: Part 3


So what happened to my dress, you ask?

Well, it was finally time for the other two models and I to put our gowns on after lunch. I was pumped and a teeny weeny bit nervous that it may not fit. I reassured myself that it would since I had just tried it on the other day with Eric.

I knew that I needed Eric to hook the clasp for me, but he was no where to be found because he was in the changeroom putting on his suit.

So I asked the girls to hook the clasp but none of them could do it- they were scared of hurting me or breaking it. I was starting to get a bit worried that no one could clasp it up for me! Finally Eric showed up and I asked him to hook it.

Well, wouldn’t you know it he BROKE the clasp! hahaha.

It was like slow motion, I heard that dreaded ‘s-n-a-p’ sound and then the faint clicking of a tiny piece of metal hitting the tile floor.

My mouth gaped in horror. The girls tried to reassure me and one went to get a safety pin, but it wouldn’t go through the thick fabric of my dress.

Luckily my dress has a gazillion buttons that go over the zipper so once those were up the zipper held in place….all day long. It didn’t come down on me once. I was so relieved.

He is just too strong and powerful for his own good. ;)

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Jessica March 16, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Hate that the burgers were bland for you, I’m going to season them up well with the following seasonings: paprika, chili powder, fresh chives and parsley, red chili flakes and cumin.

I’m much more motivated to eat well and take care of myself when I have a goal in mind. I’m headed back home to my brothers wedding in about 5 weeks and looking forward to it has been great at keeping my eating habits in line.


Red Head, Yellow Dog March 16, 2009 at 9:49 pm

well the burger might have been bland but those toppings look like they made up for it! I looove adding fun toppings/sauces to things! yummm


zestycook March 16, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Sorry to hear about the bland burger! Yeah I usually try and get motivated for the summer months or if there is a special occasion! It does actually work :)


brandi March 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm

i would add some cumin, chili powder, hot sauce to those burgers :)

Isn’t it funny how things like that happen? It’s always something we don’t prepare for!

I’m always more motivated when I actually have “something” other than just normal life coming up – I don’t know why that is, but those little goals keep me going.


Haleigh March 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm

The burgers have a lot of potential! Maybe you should add a bit more ‘hot’ spices as well as a little hot sauce? I always like a kick to my veggie burgers.

And I am most definitely more motivated to eat healthy and exercise in order to look great when I have something coming up! :)


Michelle March 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm

for more flavor, try adding a few chopped olives, ground cumin, ground coriander, more garlic and a bit of salt


Molly March 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Did yours have pumpkin in them? I didn’t see them in the ingredient list. Lovely pictures at the end. :)


Darci March 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm

hey angela!!

thanks for the sweet comments on my wedding pictures! and yes it was hard to maintain my wedding weight. i got married in 2005 and in 3 1/2 years i gained almost 50lbs!!! about letting yourself go! but as you could see from my progress pictures i’m almost back to my wedding day weight…only 7.5 more lbs to go! and i hope to be able to maintain this loss now!

ps i love your blog!! you are so creative with your foods and so beautiful!!


Wiggs (The Beholder) March 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

OMG tiny babyyyyyyy!!! I love her!!!

Those burgers sound like they need a bit more brightness and some spice. I’d definitely add some paprika and cumin, and maybe chopped cilantro and/or lemon zest, too. I made something similar to that a couple of months ago and I had the same reaction – so when I made it again I added all of those things and they were DEE-LISH. (But I tend to over-spice my food, so you might want to use a lighter hand than I did.)


Wiggs (The Beholder) March 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Oh, p.s., your dress story made me laugh and gasp in horror at the same time. I felt like a spaz. :)


Carrie March 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Hey Angela, I think you would love Crunch’s Yoga Sculpt video! I live in NYC and took the actual class at Crunch and it was was more like a personal training session that used yoga moves if that makes sense! Highly recommend it!


Elina March 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I tried to lose some weight before the wedding, but I didn’t go crazy. I wasn’t at my goal weight then, so I’m still working on it :)


AGS March 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm

First wanted to say that you and Eric both look fabulous in the photo shoot. Love the photos and the clasp story (hey — both the flowers for my hair AND the wedding rings got lost on my wedding day. . . I was so happy, it didn’t matter, though).


AGS March 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Whoops — pressed enter by accident. Second: I’m going to do my own version of the “crap free” week. When I first read about it, all I could think was “why would you ever cut all sugar out of your diet?” But I’ve noticed I’ve been kind of over-doing it myself these last few days, and have decided to see how a week w/out sugary treats goes. Perhaps it will get me back on the road of “moderation”. Thanks for giving me the idea (and motivation).


Hallie March 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

At first, when I saw your question I thought, “nah I’ve never done that.” Then I remembered that I lost 30 pounds to look good in my prom dress! If course, it ended up being more than that, but at the beginning of my sr. year in high school, I told myself I needed to lose weight so I’d look good for prom. Little did I know that would lead to a total 180 in my diet and exercise habits (for the better, of course).


Leah March 17, 2009 at 3:03 am

Oh gosh! what a story!

It’s definitely motivating me to prepare for this summer!


Claudia March 17, 2009 at 7:02 am

Yes, I did some occasional modelling years ago, and there was this runway show, and I prepared 2 months for it and lost 3kg, but I only did it for the money, it was good paid (300 euro for 2 days), yes, and it was fun to experience something like that altough I’m not into this whole model-thing in general.

You are really a an inspiration to get fit and healthy…! I’m so jealous…I’ve been so lazy and not motivated the last months…but I’m living in Europe in a small country where we haven’t seen the sun for ages and that gets me really depressed.


VeggieGirl March 17, 2009 at 8:04 am

I WANT THOSE BURGERS!! But to add a kick = add some red pepper flakes.

Awww love your new niece!! So precious!!


Valerie March 17, 2009 at 8:48 am

Aww beautiful pic with your niece!

I haven’t lost weight specifically for an event – even though I have wanted to. However, I recently went to science formal at my school and I lost weight leading up to it – but I had already been losing weight for the last 8 months so I guess it doesn’t really count. I actually lost 4 pounds in 4ish weeks between buying my dress and going to formal!


Verity Kae November 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I just made the burgers with a few adaptations and THEYRE AMAZING. Ive found a new favourite food. =] Thank you for the idea!



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