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21 Day Vegan Kickstart: Day 7

21 Day Vegan Kickstart: Day 7

21 day vegan kickstart portobello mushroom burger

Day 7 Of The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Collaboration

It’s day 7 of the 21 day vegan kickstart, where anyone who joins has the opportunity to kickstart their health in 2021.  We have two more easy vegan recipes to share with you that are full of health and flavor.  The guest Chef for day 7 was Heather Borders, MBA, RD, LD/N, founder of Kailo Nutrition.  She shows us how to make a Lentil Cucumber Salad and the perfect Portobello Mushroom Burger.  Let’s take a look at the magic Heather made in the kitchen…



Let’s Meet Our Chef

Heather Borders, MBA, RD, LD/N

Heather Borders is a former astronaut trainer turned medical device marketer who went back to school in 2013 to become a Registered Dietitian after reversing high cholesterol through diet in 2011. After several weeks of eating plants, cholesterol plummeted and she was inspired to help others improve their health by overcoming the common challenges associated with implementing sustainable lifestyle changes.

Heather founded Kailo Nutrition in 2013, a private practice offering personalized nutrition counseling to Florida residents (telehealth options available), grocery store tours, group and private cooking classes, and personal chef services.  She has been a Food For Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine since 2012, teaching cooking classes focused on diabetes, cancer, kids’ health, and overall wellness. She completed Rouxbe’s Plant-Based Professional Culinary certification in 2014 and has attended many plant-based nutrition conferences, including the annual PCRM Conference on Nutrition in Medicine.

Heather has dedicated herself to applying her professional experience and personal passion for healthy living towards health, wellness, plant-based nutrition, and preventative medicine. She loves trying new foods, recipes, and has a budget specifically for cashews and Medjool dates.

Heather Borders is a Registered Dietitian with her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of North Florida. She also has an MBA and Masters of Mechanical Engineering from Rice University as well as a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University. Heather lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her custom woodworker husband, Lee.


Heather Borders, MBA, RD, LD/N
Heather Borders, MBA, RD, LD/N


21 Day vegan Kickstart Day 7:  Recipe 1

Let’s talk about the Perfect Portobello Mushroom Burger Heather made for us today.  I mean, WOW.  This burger looks so incredible, topped with all sorts of goodness.  It has it all… heartiness from the portobellos, smokiness from the paprika, sweet tanginess from the balsamic vinegar, and a rich lushness from the roasted red pepper. For an extra protein punch, spread garlicky hummus on one side of the bun.  The recipe is posted below, give it a try.


21 day vegan kickstart portobello burger
The ingredients for the Perfect Portobello Mushroom Burger.


Cooking the portobellos
Cooking up the portobellos.


21 day vegan kickstart portobello mushroom burger
The finished Perfect Portobello Mushroom Burger. So yumz!


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Perfect Portobello Burger

This burger has it all: heartiness from the Portobello, smokiness from the paprika, sweet tanginess from the balsamic vinegar, and a rich lushness from the roasted red pepper. For an extra protein punch, spread garlic hummus on one side of the bun.
Course Main Courses
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 149 kcal


  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced along the length
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika can be substituted for smoked paprika
  • 2 Whole wheat buns
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms de-stemmed
  • Malt or Balsamic Vinegar to taste
  • 1 Red Pepper can be substituted for yellow or orange
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion Optional


    Add about 1/4-inch of water to a sauté pan and bring it to just
    above medium heat. Add the garlic, salt, and smoked paprika to the water and
    stir. Add the portobello caps. Cook until the portobello is no longer raw on
    either side. Replenish the water as necessary so that the portobello and garlic
    are not left to cook in a dry pan. Once the portobello is cooked, allow the
    water to evaporate from the pan.

    Immediately remove it from the heat and stir the portobellos around so that they pick up the residual salt and smoked paprika on the bottom of the pan. Remove
    everything from the pan as soon as possible and set the portobellos and garlic aside. Sprinkle or quickly dip the bottom buns in the malt vinegar. Add the portobellos, roasted red pepper halves, and lettuce to the buns and serve.

    Over medium-high heat, sauté the sliced onion until it is golden brown and very
    soft. If it starts to stick, add a very thin layer of water to the pan and
    repeat until the onion has fully cooked and is thoroughly browned. Add the
    onion to the burger once the portobellos are done. You can also toast the
    buns either in the oven directly on the rack at 350 F for 2 to 3 minutes
    or in a dry pan over medium heat for about 2 minutes.



Serving: 1gCalories: 149kcalProtein: 7gFiber: 18g
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


21 Day Vegan Kickstart:  Recipe 2

Now le’ts talk about this Lentil and Cucumber Salad.  This is a great recipe in the 21 day kickstart because it is so simple to make, and has such a unique flavor.  I would never think to put lentils and cucumbers together in a salad, but it is actually a fabulous combo!  This salad is packed with fiber and protein, so it is sure to keep you feeling full for a good period of time.  Pair it with some pita bread and you’ve got the perfect healthy meal.  The recipe is below, so be sure to give it a try.


Ingredients for the Lentil and Cucumber Salad.
Ingredients for the Lentil and Cucumber Salad.


The plated Lentil and Cucumber Salad
The beautifully colorful plated Lentil and Cucumber Salad.


Heather and her Lentil and Cucumber Salad
Heather and her Lentil and Cucumber Salad.


Lentil Cucumber Salad

This colorful lentil salad is easy to make and packed with protein and fiber! Pair it with whole-grain pita and fruit.
Course Lunch, Main Courses
Servings 4 servings
Calories 198 kcal


  • 1 cup brown or green lentils
  • 1 cup tomato diced
  • 1 cup cucumber peeled and diced
  • 1 cup orange or red pepper cubed
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olives chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar


  • Clean the lentils to make sure they have no stones and pour them into a large pot of water.
  • Boil gently for 20 minutes or until tender. Strain and let cool on a tray in the refrigerator.
  • In a large bowl, mix the lentils with the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the salad cold.


Serve cold, either alone or with a salad of your choice.
Optional: Serve with a gluten-free pita.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 198kcalProtein: 13.2gFiber: 9.9g
Keyword gluten-free, nut-free, vegan
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


Thank You For Joining In On Day 7 of The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart

This was an awesome Day 7 with two incredible vegan recipes full of vibrance and health.  I for one can’t wait to make these recipes sooner than later.  If you want to join in the the fun, consider signing up for the kickstart.  It’s a great introduction to a plant-based lifestyle in a healthy and smart way.  And if you want to try some other easy vegan recipes, or are trying to find a vegan chef to inspire you, be sure to take a look at the #LunchBreakLIVE page.  Until next time…keep cookin’!

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