Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Veggie Burgers! (Goal # 39)

Believe me it tastes amazing, please forgive my messiness...
Veggie burgers are tough to make, trust me this was not my first attempt, and I still feel they are not perfect (expect an update!). My recipe uses a quinoa base, they are not vegan since they contain eggs and cheese and we are working on making them stay together. Although they are not pretty enough for a food magazine, I feel I accomplished this goal because they are absolutely DELICIOUS!
These were the perfect dinner to accompany a delicious peppery Greek salad my friend Clara brought to our weekly -please don't judge- Bachelor(ette) TV Night. The patties paired wonderfully with any (or all) of the following: salsa, sriracha, mustard. ketchup, pesto, goat cheese... really anything you love to put on top of your veggie burgers. Check the recipe below to make your own!

Ingredients: Makes about 3 burgers

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (about 2 cups cooked)
1 tsp olive oil 
1/2 227 g pkg cremini mushrooms, coarsely grated (1 cup)
1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
3/4 cup coarsely grated carrot
1 small shallot, minced (or onion)
1 garlic clove, minced (powder works too)
2 egg, beaten
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 
3 tbsp cornstarch 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 

Cook quinoa according to package directions, omitting salt, about 14 min. Transfer to a large bowl.
Heat a large, wide non-stick frying pan over medium. Add oil, then mushrooms, zucchini, carrot, shallot and garlic. Cook until soft, about 5 min. Add to quinoa. Stir in egg, cornstarch, salt, cheese and cayenne.
Heat the same non-stick frying pan over medium. Firmly press quinoa mixture into a 1/2-cup measuring cup. Turn and release into pan. Gently press to shape into a patty about 4 in. wide. Repeat, cooking 2 patties at a time. Cook until golden and warmed through, about 4 min per side.
You can use portobello mushrooms as the "bread" or Boston bib lettuce wraps if you don't want to add any carbs to this awesome, healthy and tasty dish.



ps: If you are Venezuelan, use a TostiArepa, it really does the trick to make them stick together!


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