Back in Portland, the land of great food! My PortlandBurger, a mindful meal in minutes. PLUS: Announcing “The Mindful Eater’s Guide To…”

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It's always so nice to get back to Portland after time away, especially if that time has been in other cities, rather than the forest. I've yet to find another city that compares when it comes to getting your hands on good food. The other night, while making the burger pictured below (poorly, my phone's camera is giving out on me), all from delightful ingredients I had purchased at the People’s Co-op in Southeast Portland, I had a flash of inspiration. I was so excited about the idea that had come to me, that I almost burnt my burger patty, and once everything was done, I spent so long speaking into my voice recorder that my food was cold by the time I got to it.


The Idea, an Announcement I’m excited to make!

The idea, which I’m very happy to share with you is the “Mindful Eater’s Guide To…”, a Steemit-Exclusive series about the best options for conscious eaters, in cities around the world. I am excited to be launching this project with @kerrismiles, and possible expanding out to other creators so we can cover the whole world! The first season will be covering the beautiful Portland, Oregon, and we’ll be covering cities including Ashville, Boulder, Toronto, and many, many more. For each season (city), I will be doing a number of episodes (posts), covering restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other places to get your grub on!

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is my philosophy making a truly conscious choice about everything that you eat. This means being aware of ingredients, being aware of where the money is going that you spend on food, being in gratitude for the food you consume, and listening to your body to know what you “should” eat. Removing animals from your diet, getting things as locally as possible, making sure that the money you spend on food is not financially supporting companies & practices that you do not morally support are all a great start.

Steemit-Exclusive & promoting Steemit all along the way

Not only will The Mindful Eater’s Guide feature 100% totally new, original content, but that content will be posted ONLY to Steemit, and we will be sharing links to that Steemit content on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and a huge variety of other places, driving lots of folks interested in travel, mindfulness, food, and more to get a look at our beautiful platform. I am going to share this content in a lot of places that I don't normally share my Steemit articles.

The Mindful Eater's Guide to Portland will launch tomorrow (Saturday 6/10) with Papa G's Organic Vegan Deli

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Now, the thing you’ve really been waiting for: the vegan recipe :-)

The PortlandBurger! A Mindful Meal in Minutes

burger ingredients


  • Hillary's Root Vegetable Burger - These guys aren't local, but they are gluten-free, soy-free, organic, and vegan, making them one of the best options nationwide for a veggie burger. It doesn't hurt that they were about $1.50 off at the co-op.
  • Organicos Bakery Multigrain Sandwich Bun - Portland-based GF bakery; delicious but a little crumbly
  • Iggy's Katmandu Kraut - Another Portland brand, I'm SO glad it was on-sale and I tried it. Spicy yet sour, still plenty of crunch to it. My favorite kraut in quite a while that I didn't make from scratch.
  • Natural Value Dijon Mustard - Not the most local or delicious stuff on the market, but it's got clean ingredients, and it was only $2 a jar.
  • Home-made Thai Peanut Sauce - I made this the other night for some homemade pakora, and WOW! For the simple & basic version, simply mix these things in a bowl:
    • Peanut Butter
    • Soy Sauce/Coconut Aminos/veggie stock+balsamic+molasses+salt
    • Ginger
    • Lemon Juice
    • Paprika
    • Black Pepper
  • Collard Greens - Got them 50% at the co-op :-)


  • Using a tiny bit of coconut oil, heat your burger patty on med to med-low in a small pan
  • Toast your bun/bread
  • Spread mustard/sauces on buns
  • Shred up collards and put them on one bun
  • Fork some kraut onto the other bun
  • Put your burger patty on top of the kraut, slap it all together, and enjoy! In this case with some organic Salt & Pepper Kettle Chips (another Oregon brand)

Highlight of the Meal: The Iggy's kraut is absolutely delightful, and if any of you live in Oregon, or happen to pass through, I highly recommend trying some.


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Wow a Vegan burger! I've never tried it but I'm certainly more interested now that I've had my share of veggie burgers ;) Very informative post @kennyskitchen!


Hilary's is definitely a great brand to start with for something you can make at home, they've got very clean ingredients, a variety of flavors, and they're available all over the US, and some places outside.


Cool, I'm not sure if they have one in DC but I'll keep an eye out for it when I go to San Jose this week. Thanks for the heads up!

Last time I visited Portland it was nothing short of vegan food extravaganza! Burger recipe looks delish too. I tried Taro burger patties out in Kauai recently, pretty good. Currently obsessed with Beyond Meat burger patties. This is awesome Kenny, looking forward to the exclusive. PEACE, MEAR


and yo, hit me up for LA tips!


That's definitely how I feel whenever I'm here :-) I'm super excited to share a ton of the places I've found with the amazing Steemit community. Helps Steem, helps the restaurants, helps me :-)

I haven't tried either of those brands, I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

Oh, and I'll definitely be doing a season of "The Mindful Eater's Guide" in LA, already found a couple spots on my way to Acapulco this winter, and I'd love to discover some more!

Much love brother!


Brother, hit me up next time you're in LA. I live in Silverlake, vegan capital of the world in my opinion behind Portland etc. I can only find the Beyond Meat brand at Whole Foods, which sucks; my local health food store is Lassens and while great sometimes get knocked out of the exclusive deals Whole Foods make with certain brands like Kite Hill. But that changed recently with some urging from conscious customers like you and me, everything can change when we speak up. Peace brother.

vegan burger is healthy and taste good too...great post, thanks for sharing


I certainly love a good veggie-burger! Thanks for your support!




Personally, I stay away from any laboratory-created "foodstuffs"


Fair Enough

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Thank you!

Awesome, this is a great resource. It's hard to figure out good ways to eat vegan - I've done a vegan diet before (and was pescatarian for 6 years in my youth), but right now I must admit that right now I'm on a pretty meaty diet.

Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes. Any chance you'll do an NYC episode?