Yesterday for lunch I made homemade Lentil Zucchini Burgers. They were hearty, healthy and packed with flavor. This recipe is a new favorite! I can't wait to try them again, maybe even replace the zucchini with mushrooms or add both! Oh yum.
As a vegan, I'm always looking to find new "meat" replacements that are made from plant-based ingredients and fortunately I've had wild success! Lentils work very well. I made this meal with love for my hubby Jerry. He has been diligently working on a new book of his, a project that has burned in his mind for 10 years, and finally submitted it for publishing. When his draft arrived yesterday he ran down the stairs like a child would on Christmas day! It was so cute! :) I couldn't help but make him a lunch to remember after all his hard work.
Here is a sneak peek. I'm so proud of him, I can't help but share! I know it's not a vegan cookbook but he does include a chapter with insights on food.
Back to food! If you want a delicious burger than give this recipe a try, it's worth it, trust me! To begin take 1/2 chopped onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup zucchini and 3 diced garlic cloves. Sauté with salt, pepper and thyme to taste for 3-5 min. Remove from heat. Place 1 cup pre-cooked lentils in a food processor and pulse leaving some lentils intact. Place in a large bowl with the zucchini mixture, add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice and 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Mix well and form into patties.
Tip: I use the top of a mason jar to help form a circular shape and then flatten from there. They will smooth out as you bake them.
Add BBQ Sauce on top for added flavor! Bake for 20 minutes, flip and coat with BBQ sauce. Bake 15-20 minutes. Top with your favorites! I used mustard, sweet onion, fresh tomatoes, 1/2 of a jalapeño and a healthy drizzle of BBQ sauce.
Proceed to top with another patty if you are very hungry! (Note nutritional information reflects 1 patty)
Be happy, you saved a cow! Top with more tomatoes or avocado, whatever you please!
Lunch or dinner fit for a king! Or in this case an author! :)
Here is the recipe. A big thank you to my sister Janelle for the thoughtful gift! Organization rocks!
Tip: Add "Egg" replacement for binding agent. I found this to be helpful. I used potato starch + cool water mixed well. Flax meal, Chia meal or Ener-G Egg Replacer would work fine as well.
*Preheat oven to 350˚
Adapted from PPK
Veggie burgers are a staple in our home. I used to buy them at the store and then started experimenting with making them at home. I love making them because they are very forgiving plus it's really easy to mix up the ingredients and come up with many variations!
"JJ's Patties" were inspired with my step-son in mind, focusing on good digestion and high nutrition. The smell and taste are irresistible and Jerry and I can't help but eat one or two. JJ will look at our plate with a look indicating "what do you think you are doing?" haha! Therefore...they are JJ's Patties!
I typically pre-cook all of the patties and then freeze the extras so I have them on hand for any occasion. Use your favorite toppings and throw it on a bun, lettuce or enjoy as is!
Toppings used above:
Sliced Red Onion
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste
IT WAS THE BOMB!
Last night we feasted on BBQ Tempeh "Cheese" burgers with all the fixin's. Served on top of a bed of lettuce with raw onion, jalapenos, pickles and fresh tomatoes from the garden. We enjoy these so much that I typically double the recipe
I used the following toppings but always love to mix it up!
The Blackened "BB" Burger recipe I made in the past made such a large quantity I was able to freeze extra patties. I heated the patties and served them on a bed of lettuce with fresh vegetables and jalapenos. Quick, easy and delicious!
Blackened "BB" Burger - Ingredients:
Blackened Black Bean burger made with Tempeh and vegetables. This is a burger that will have you coming back for more and more! Plus it makes a healthy serving so you can plenty of leftovers or can share!
Blackened "BB" Burger on a bed of organic spinach, tomatoes and homemade wedge potatoes smothered in fresh herbs and green onions.
Homemade Wedge Potatoes:
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