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Sunshine Stack

I love to cook. I always have. But when it comes to making lunch just for me on my days at home, I often bypass the whole mess and just snack, or heat up some leftovers. There’s really nothing wrong with that, I guess, but today I felt like making myself a real meal. Maybe that’s because it’s rainy outside. We need the rain badly, though, so instead of sunshine outside, I thought I’d incorporate a few rays into my lunch.  

Sadly, I’m down to my last Southwestern Sunshine Burger. :( I found a single box in an out-of-the-way health food store, which I have a feeling I’ll be revisiting soon.

Sometimes, I put my Sunshine Burger on a bun. But the beef I have with buns is that they often seem like nothing more than a vehicle for the real star of the meal, and they contain a lot of empty carbs for something I don’t really enjoy. Don’t get me wrong…I like a good hunk of bread as much as the next guy, but a burger bun just doesn’t excite me too much.

But who needs a bun when you’ve got a fat sweet potato?!

So I rubbed the taters with a mere touch of coconut oil and salt, and set them a bakin’ in the oven (along with a few extras for baby’s dinner later): about 20 minutes at 350º, then another 15 or so at 400º, turning throughout for even browning. I baked the Sunshine Burger along with them until it was nice and crispy.

Hmmm….what jives with the burger’s Southwestern flair? Salsa! 

But I don’t have any salsa. 😐

What I do have, and need to use up, is this array of goodies, which I ran through the food processor to create a little somethin’ somethin’ that sort of resembled a salsa.

  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/8 cup fresh onion
  • 1 clove of garlic from our garden
  • 4 yellow pear tomatoes from our garden
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • several sprigs of cilantro Oops. Cilantro was just a little too far past its prime and is now in the compost.

Directions: Hit “pulse” a few times instead of “on” so as not to scare the baby. 

Once my burger and tater bun were baked to perfection, I simply stacked them up!

  1. sweet potato
  2. 1/2 Sunshine Burger
  3. veg “salsa”
  4. 1/2 Sunshine Burger
  5. more “salsa”
  6. the last of my cheddar cheese curds (insert teary-eyed emoticon here!)
  7. another hot round of sweet potato to top it off

It still could have benefited from a touch of real tomatoey salsa, but all in all this was a pretty fantastic lunch. I’m not sure why I don’t treat myself to a real lunch more often, especially considering this was made entirely of ingredients I had in the house, and it only took a few minutes to put together. From now on, I think making my own healthy lunch a priority is a new goal. 

Because I’m worth it!

And now that I’m feeling all inspired and self-esteemy, I’d like to take Chocolate-Covered Katie up on her challenge to post a no-makeup pic on my blog! OK, so this one is not a full face no-makeup pic, but it’s not exactly flattering. And there’s NO makeup, plus I think it was taken on a no-wash hair day, so it fits the bill.

I took it to document (just for my own use) the crazy hair loss that started about 3 1/2 months after I gave birth. Did you know that some lucky women’s hormones cause them to lose clump after clump of hair after childbirth? I knew this going in, because it happened when I lost my first pregnancy, but I didn’t expect to lose so much. This is during the period of regrowth, and trust me when I tell you this pic doesn’t do it justice! I have full-on bangs now that I never intended, and a full head of short hair underneath my long hair! 

Here it is….with no self-disparaging comment, although I’m tempted. I look at my weird hair as just another reminder of how lucky I am to be a healthy mommy to my healthy boy!

…and for the sake of comparison, the mascara and eyeliner version. 


Do you eat your burger on a bun? If so, do you really want the bun, or do you just eat it because it’s there?



  1. i LOVE how you stacked the sweet potatoes like that with the beans inside and everything else yummy!

    my mom had the same thing happen to her when she was pregnant- its amazing how hormones can do that! thankfully yours really doesnt look bad at all!

    thank you for the sugar doll award love!! thats my second one :) :) love ya!


    ps. i dont mind burgers on a bun if its really tasty and theres a good wheat free one available. but i love switching it up and being creative.. mushroom buns are pretty cool too :)

    • My hair is really noticeable when I straighten it, because then it’s smoother and those short little hairs are really obvious! I don’t really mind it, though. It’s kind of funny, and who could really say anything, right? It’s just Mother Nature, at her silliest.

      Two Sugar Dolls just means you’re extra sweet!

  2. I often eat veggie burgers without a bun because I want to taste the veggie burger too. The bun gets in the way, and sometimes they make me too full (especially if there are delicious sweet potato fries to be eaten).

  3. Aww this is an amazing post!
    (Oh, and I feel your pain on the hair loss. I got a very bad perm in 7th grade, and it made a lot of my hair snap in half. I had to use a ton of pomade eery day to keep it down. But I didn’t get a cute baby out of it!)
    I love your positive attitude :) :).

  4. You are so beautiful, Wendy!!! :)

    Oh, and you’re a genius. Love this sweet potato idea!

  5. ooo what a great idea! I love how you used sweet potatoes instead of the bun! I actually like english muffins as my “bun” and for a boost of fiber/whole grains. I also eat sweet potato fries with it. I enjoy the bun but only if it’s a whole grain, no HFCS variety :)

  6. I find that the bun to veggie burger ratio is much too high. So I prefer to use half the bun, if anything. Some people tell me its “eating disordered” which is just a little annoying…..
    I LOVE the sweet potato idea! I should try that next time!!
    You are so gorgeous!!!


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