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Vegetarian burger patty (quinoa, panko and garlic)

Although for one summer I was a pescatarian (which wasn’t horrible, although it lacked variety and did get very tricky to go out to eat/side note, wordpress tells me that pescatarian isn’t a word which seems awfully silly) I have never before attempted to make my own vegetarian burger patties, and have instead opted for the beefy variety. In case you’re unaware, a pescatarian is a vegetarian who eats seafood products (fish, scallops, crab, etc.) but not other meat (chicken, beef, pork, etc.)

But back on topic. I came across these burgers on one of my favorite food blogs, which I’ve previously mentioned in posts, How Sweet It Is. I happened to already possess most of the ingredients, and I was sold on the idea of a veggie burger with garlic and red bell pepper in it, as those are two of my favorite ingredients to cook in just about anything. So, without further babbling or praise for my favorite food blog, I’ll share the recipe because these turned out delicious and were rather easy to put together.

Ingredients (for 4 patties):

1 can (15 oz.) white cannellini beans
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup chopped red peppers (the recipe calls for roasted, but I didn’t have time for that. I’m sure it would add to the flavor.)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon flour
Olive oil (for cooking)
Other desired toppings (lettuce, tomato, whatever. I like my burgers plain. Cheese or bacon would be a good addition though, in my opinion. Unless you’re actually a vegetarian. Also optional: buns)

Recipe:

1. In a bowl, combine bread crumbs, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper.

mmmm

2. In another bowl, roughly mash beans with a fork until smooth. This is not going to look pretty.

appetizing right?

3. In large(ish) bowl, combine beans, quinoa, garlic, and red peppers. Stir to combine. Add the bread crumb mixture and your beaten egg, and combine again. Finally, add the flour (I almost forgot!) as this is an important step to ensure your patty doesn’t crumble and fall apart when you cook it.

combine that stuff

ready for patty-cake

4. Form 4 roughly equal-size balls of…veggie patty. It’s ok if not all your beans are smashed.

play ball

5. Coat a medium-large pan with olive oil and heat to medium-high (about 7 on my stovetop.) Add your patties and flatten, making sure you press the sides with a spatula so it sticks together rather than crumbling at the edges. You may cook them all at once, but I did choose to do it separately, as it was my first time trying this and I didn’t want to ruin all of them at the same time.

patty

After about 5 minutes (depending on temperature) flip, and it should be golden-brown and crispy. Cook the other side to the same crispness and then remove from heat. Repeat for all patties.

crispy~

6. Enjoy!

mmm crispy patties for me!

Post & photos by: Melissa

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Snacking on chickpeas

I love trail mix and rice crackers, and in general all sorts of salty snack cracker/crunchy things. This, in turn, gives me the perfect opportunity to introduce chickpeas to the blog.

While watching tv on Tuesday, Colin stumbled upon a recipe for some delicious baked chickpeas on the show Five Ingredients or Less. We made these later that day and they turned out great! (But they’re also pretty spicy.) They make a great substitute for more high-calorie crunchy snacks.

Ingredients:

2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
A tablespoon each of cumin, ground red cayenne pepper, and paprika
A tablespoon of olive oil

(That’s it! Can you believe it??)

Recipe:

 

1. Open and drain both cans of chickpeas.

2. Remove any extra skins on the chickpeas and dry them with a paper towel. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. In a bowl, combine cumin, cayenne pepper and paprika.

4. Add the olive oil to the bowl and mix.

5. Add chickpeas to same bowl.

6. Coat chickpeas in mixture.

7. Place chickpeas on baking sheet/pizza tray/something you can stick in the oven.

8. Make sure chickpeas are spread evenly and put in oven for 10 minutes. These smell so good when they’re cooking!

9. Toss chickpeas in bowl and stick back in oven until you have achieved desired level of crispness.

10. You’re done! Enjoy this delicious snack at home, on the go, or while hiking in the outdoors.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz


Seasoned Summer Steak Frites

Summer provides so many great opportunities for grilling. Even if the morning is cloudy it often clears up right around dinnertime.

This is a quick and easy meal for a summer day. 🙂

The steaks were seasoned with a dry-rub consisting of black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin and smoked paprika.

Then, we stuck them on the grill.

Grill marks!

After they were cooked we plated them and finished them off with store-bought fries. Yum!

What do you like to eat with your steak? How do you season it?

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz