HCI Grad’s Plant-Based Burger ‘N Sweet Potato Fries Recipes

In celebration of Health Coach Week at HCI, we’re featuring two awesome recipes from HCI Grad Sarah Kaminski’s plant-based blog! 

Sarah’s creative, juicy plant-based recipes and heartfelt blog posts about her personal journey to healing are a true inspiration to aspiring Health Coaches that healthy food does not equal boring and tasteless.

Here, Sarah shares her purely plant-based burger and fries because being a Health Coach does not mean you have to supplement your diet with expensive vitamins or eat like a rabbit.

Sarah’s recipes range from rich and nutritious plant-based soups to all kinds of healthy breakfast treats to simple but substantial main courses ranging from black bean and spinach stuffed sweet potatoes to vegan mac ‘n cheese that your toddler would love!

First, check this out… Sarah says this is the #1 question she gets asked when sharing with people that she eats a plant-based diet:

“Where do you get your protein?!?”

Her answer…

Think about this for a second. Where do some of the world’s largest living things get their intense strength and power? I’m taking elephants. 🐘Giraffes. Rhinoceros. 🦏Gorilla. 🦍Hippopotamus. Elk. 🦌and when they roamed the Earth, Tons of DINOSAURS. 🐲

🙌🏻🙌🏻Yup, you guessed it! Plants! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

One cup of lentil soup will deliver nearly 20 GRAMS of protein. When combined with a balanced diet, deliver a complete protein profile, which is exactly what the body needs. 👻

So here’s the deal. A 100% plant based diet isn’t for everyone (we aren’t 100%!).

What IS for everyone are the benefits we reap from incorporating MORE plants into our diet. 🥒🍈🌱


Sweet Potato & Bean Burgers

The white bean veggie burger you’ve been waiting for.

We are always looking for new veggie burger recipes. These take the cake–they freeze well and are a hit with the wee one. Courtesy of my man Mark Bittman.

What you’ll need:

2 c cooked kale or spinach
1 cannelli beans, drained and rinsed
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium sweet potato
1/2 c fresh breadcrumbs (literally pulse day old bread in the food processor)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Pinch cayenne
A little bit of whole wheat flour to bind, if needed

To prep: 

**These steps can be done up to 3 days ahead of time.**

1. Roast sweet potato at 350* for 35 minutes, or until a fork slides out smoothly.

2. Finely chop spinach or kale. Lightly steam in 1-2 inches water. Drain and rinse. Squeeze out all excess water.

To prepare:

1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor to blend. Shape into 4-6 patties, adding a little bit of flour to bind if needed.

2. Pan sear or grill, about 5 minutes on each side. If you are planning to grill, plan to refrigerate patties for about 30 minutes.

3. Serve with all the fixings you desire– our favorites are avocado, fresh sliced tomato, and homemade pickles.

* Serves 4-6 happy vegan bellies.


Sweet Potato Fries

Easy peasy, and an amazing twist on the traditional based sweet potato.

What you’ll Need:

2 sweet potatoes

drizzle olive oil

sea salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 425*  Slice potatoes to desired thickness (think pretty thin), arrange evenly on an un-greased baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt.  Bake for 20 minutes or so–cook time will really vary based on thickness of the potatoes, so keep your eye on them!

* Serves 2-4 happy vegan bellies as a side dish


Want some home-made pickles to go with your plant-based burger ‘n sweet potato fries? Sarah’s got you covered. Check out her recipe for super crunchy home-made Basic Dill Pickles.


Sarah Kaminski began her Health Coaching practice in 2015.  She believes that in order to live a fully nourished life, you have to focus on the inside, which radiates OUT!

Mindset and stress management are an integral piece of all of her programs.  Her expertise are around gluten free living, dairy free living, as well as dialing in balanced nutrition for those wanting to adopt a plant-based or vegan lifestyle! 

She has worked with hundreds of clients, helping them to reach their fullest potential, in body and mind!

Sarah studied and earned her Holistic Health Coach certification through Health Coach Institute.  She also holds 3 levels of Mat Pilates Certification, has 10 years teaching experience around the city of Pittsburgh and holds BA and MEd degrees in Education.

To connect with Sarah, check her out:  www.sarahkaminski.com


To find out more about Health Coaching, call  (877) 914-2242.

*If you’re an HCI student or grad and you’d like to submit your own recipe for consideration on our blog, email us at hciblog@healthcoachinstitute.com *

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