Monday, December 20, 2010

Move over, Boca!

For all of you avid readers, I apologize profusely for the lack of blogging that's been going on for the past several days.

On the bright side, I have a valid excuse. The past few days have been FULL of Zumba. Enough said.

Today, I made some homemade veggie burgers. Disclaimer: these are not as compact as Morningstar or Boca burgers. However, they taste great, and have no preservatives! And even better, this particular recipe does not involve soy!

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • frozen broccoli
  • frozen mixed veggies (peas/corn/green beans/carrots)
  • rolled oats
  • breadcrumbs 
  • shredded cheese
  • garlic
  • cumin
  • olive oil
Get ready to work up a sweat because this involves a lot of mashing.

First, mash the garbanzo beans.

Heat the broccoli and mixed veggies in the microwave until mash-able. And then mash.

Mix into the mashed garbanzo and add the rolled oats (about 3/4 cup).

I made breadcrumbs by blending two slices of toasted whole wheat bread.

I conveniently forgot about taking an after picture. 

Mix the shredded cheese with the breadcrumbs and add the mixture to the "mashed" mixture. 

Make the seasoning by sauteeing garlic and cumin seeds in olive oil.

And add this to the mixture. (This would also be a good time to add salt...which I forgot about. It's okay, it happens sometimes). Then form small patties and heat them on the skillet.

I cooked them until slightly browned.

These are fragile little patties. Be careful!

These can be served in burger form or with pitas. 

Serve with condiments of choice (mustard, mayo, or tahini) and a small salad (carrots/tomatoes/green chili/cilantro with lemon juice/salt/pepper) inside the pita and you have a complete and hearty meal!

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