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The Ultimate Bunless Burger {paleo + gluten free}

Pretty sure your Wednesday dinner NEEDS this ultimate bunless burger!

The ultimate bunless burger! For those nights when you just NEED a burger in your life. Paleo, guilt free, and super satisfying.
 
I mean, how excited would you be about dinner tonight if this ⬆️ is what you were coming home to?

Especially if it’s as easy as forming some patties, seasoning ’em, searing ’em and loading ’em up with your favorite toppings.

The ultimate bunless burger! For those nights when you just NEED a burger in your life. Paleo, guilt free, and super satisfying.
 
There’s something about a burger that is so dang comforting and familiar. Perfect October food. Esp when the rain is coming down like it has been in Seattle. Gray skies are in full effect around here.

I have to say – I reaaaally really missed burgers when I gave up gluten and transitioned to a mostly paleo diet.

Obviously there’s gluten free (and even grain free) bun options out there for those who can no longer enjoy fluffy brioche rolls – (😭 yes I do still mourn the loss of these foods from time to time! I think that’s perfectly okay, and even healthy. Recognizing the weight of the thing that you’re giving up for health benefits has the ability to further strengthen your resolve and commitment to your positive lifestyle choices! They definitely have the ability to exist simultaneously and work in direct relation to each other), but it did take me awhile to find the same joy in them as I used to find in a classic OG burger.

Occasionally I do splurge in the gluten free bread option for a burger, but more often than not, I choose the bunless or lettuce wrapped option. I just FEEL better when I don’t have all those carbs added to an already indulgent meal.

This ultimate bunless burger = all the flavors of a classic burger and none of that heavy stomach feeling that can really weigh you down

 

AKA a guilt free win/win.

And now I’m here to tell you that this bunless burger will rescue you from any remaining bun-missing feels.

And that you can easily make it at home.

And that I SWEAR you won’t even think about what’s missing when you cut that first bite of this ultimate bunless burger, runny egg yolk and all.

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curried coconut leek soup {paleo + vegan option}

Hey guys! Back again with September’s guest blog post for Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!

Today I’ll be sharing a recipe for curried coconut leek soup.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe on their blog!


Have you felt it? I happened to notice it last week here in the PNW. It was right around the time that we got our first rain in months – all those rain dances finally paying off, finally quelling some of the raging fires that have taken over the end of our summer. With the rain the sun suddenly seemed to be setting earlier, there was that distinct crisp chill in the morning air that is best paired with a warm cup of coffee, I began the quest to find the perfect pair of slippers, and I made my first batch of soup. Curried coconut leek soup to be exact. Autumn has arrived my friends, and while it’s always a little sad to say goodbye to the sweet sunny days of summer, this season always ushers in such a feeling of comfort and familiarity. 

And there’s nothing better to maximize comfort than with a cozy bowl of nourishing soup. 

Curried coconut leek soup! A simple, warming soup for the colder months. Made with leeks, turmeric, curry and coconut milk. Paleo and vegan option.

This one that I’m sharing with you today is pretty simple. As many great soups are. Because while it ultimately provides warm comfort, another great virtue of a pot of soup is the ease of which it can be prepared. This is one of those soups that came together rather organically because of an oh-my-gosh what am I ever going to do with 5 leeks before they go bad moment. Finding a delicious destiny for vegetables that would otherwise be compost bound is quite an awesome feeling. 

Curried coconut leek soup! A simple, warming soup for the colder months. Made with leeks, turmeric, curry and coconut milk. Paleo and vegan option. Curried coconut leek soup! A simple, warming soup for the colder months. Made with leeks, turmeric, curry and coconut milk. Paleo and vegan option.

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mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce {gluten free}

Well HELLO, my loves! I’m still here!

I haven’t fallen off a cliff or moved to the middle of nowhere with no internet I PROMISE.

Just took a break from blog land for a little while. But I did miss you, and I have to admit I have that guilty feeling in my stomach that I get when I haven’t called my mother in waaay too long. I know we’ve all been there. Maybe we can make it right with by sitting down with this some of these mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce. Anything topped with green sauce usually makes things right.

Mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce! Spicy crumbled chorizo layered over salad greens with a rainbow of veggies and all your favorite toppings.
 
This past two weeks gave me a chance to do something that had been missing for awhile – time to re-connect with myself, Patrick, friends, aaaand my inner wild child (<< all very important things, you know?)

Galavanting around to the soundtrack of our favorite bands was so fulfilling and just the kind of magic that I needed to feel like I had really had a SUMMER. Sitting inside every day on a computer and then going inside to work at the restaurants was starting to feel too predictable and even a little stifling.

Just the very fact of not picking up my cell phone for FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT was incredibly liberating, and really put me back in touch with the person that I am without all the filters and perfectly edited captions. I felt soooo much love surround me in the last two weeks and it was pure, raw, maybe-haven’t showered-in-a-little-too-long Nyssa, and it was so affirming and self realizing.

It sounds a little cliche, but summer festival season always fills up my heart and soul in a way that nothing else can, and this year did not disappoint. But I do have to admit that this mango chorizo taco salad bowl with green sauce is a pretty great thing to come home to, and I hope you’ll think so too.

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