Since we began practicing Meatless Mondays, while trying to stay clear of processed foods and adding gluten and dairy free to the mix, we have tried to make and failed miserably at many homemade veggie burger recipes. They fell apart, they tasted like dirt, they made you think twice about leaving the house the next day due to the incredibly high fiber content. So when I told Jer we had homemade veggie burgers on this week’s meal plan he was justifiably skeptical. But I had faith.
I found a recipe on http://www.blommi.com for gluten free vegan veggie burgers, and with some tweaking for our personal tastes and timelines, made a fabulous meal that Jer said, and I quote, “needs to be on your blog”. This recipe is fabulous not only for its ease, great taste and texture, but also for its inclusion of chia seeds. Chia seeds are a super food, packed with Omega 3s, a necessary nutrient for us all, and especially nursing moms for baby’s brain development.
So here is Me and Baby E’s Vegan Veggie Burgers, adapted from Blommi.com.
1 Tbps Olive Oil
1 Large Sweet onion, diced small
1 Zucchini, diced small
2 Cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
15 oz. cal Cannellini beans
1 Cup cooked Quinoa (1/2 cup rinsed quinoa plus 1 1/4 cup water. Boil water, add quinoa, simmer for about 15 minutes or until fluffs with fork)
2 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp Chopped basil
Place oil in skillet over medium heat
Once hot, add onion, zucchini, garlic, and thyme. Saute until vegetables are soft (about 15 min)
Add beans, and stir. Use a potato masher, mashing the mixture until most of the beans have been smushed.
Stir in quinoa, chia seeds and basil
Refrigerate mixture for at least 2 hours to overnight. (Chia seeds will thicken the mixture by creating a gel. It takes at least 2 hours for the gel to form. We gave the mixture 2 hours and it formed nice patties that held together well. Overnight is great, but 2 hours works!)
Form in to patties (7 to 8 total)
Fry the patties in a small amount of olive oil over medium heat, until the outside is brown and crispy
We served this sans buns, with our homemade sweet potato fries.
Sweet Potato Fries:
3 Medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick fries
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of pepper
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees
Mix potatoes, oil, salt, pepper and seasoning.
Place on cookie sheet in oven for 15 minutes, toss fries, and cook for another 15 minutes
This is a meal we will definitely repeat. Not only is it delicious, but also family friendly as baby E can enjoy tasting a veggie burger and noshing on some sweet potatoes!