vegetarian

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers and Homemade Pickled Red Onion

If you are looking for a homemade veggie burger recipe, this recipe is full of flavor! What is great about it too, the base of the burger is sweet potato, rice, beans, and pecans can then be spiced up to your preference. Instead of the cumin you could use onion powder and garlic powder, or even try an Indian-style veggies burger with curry powder!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

The only trick to making the burgers is to press the mixture firmly together when forming them into patties, as the mixture will be a little sticky. Then during cooking, when you go to flip them half-way through, press them gently with a metal spatula before flipping and it helps them stay together. 

As a side note, the homemade pickled onions are a great addition as well and are quick and easy to make!  

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger with Home-made Pickled Red Onion

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger with Home-made Pickled Red Onion

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

Serves 12

Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed
1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinshed
1 1/2 cups white rice, cooked
1/2 cup ground pecans
1/2 cup scallions, diced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprkia
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
2. Add the black beans to a large mixing bowl and mash. Then add remaining ingredients and mix well. 
3. Use 1/3 cup of the burger mixture to hand form patties. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
4. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, flipping carefully half way through. 

Serving suggestion: Serve on mini rolls topped with sliced tomato and pickled red onions (As pictured above)! Other topping ideas: sliced avocado, lettuce, fried egg, cheese, Dijon mustard, etc. 

Nutrition Facts (per burger): 125 calories, 5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat,  5 milligrams cholesterol, 180 milligrams sodium, 16 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 4 grams protein 

Homemade Pickled Red Onions

Serves 12

Ingredients:
1  red onion, sliced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. In a small sauce pan combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine and bring the mixture to a boil. 
2. Place the sliced onion in a glass container and top with the boiling mixture. Cover and refrigerate. Let the onions marinade for at least 20 - 30 minutes. 

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Korean BBQ Cauliflower

During my travels for work in Ottawa, there is a favorite restaurant of mine (Pure Kitchen) that serves Korean BBQ Cauliflower that is so delicious! I have been trying to replicate that dish at home and I finally have gotten pretty close. If you try this recipe, I hope you love it as much as I do and would love to hear from you. 

The Korean BBQ Sauce recipe calls for Gochujang which is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented condiment made from chili powder, glutinous rice, meju (fermented soybean) powder, yeotgireum (barley malt powder), and salt. You can typically find this in the Asian food aisle at the grocery store. If you can't find it, you could use red chili paste instead!

Korean BBQ Cauliflower

Korean BBQ Cauliflower

Korean BBQ Cauliflower

Serves 6

Ingredients:
2 small heads of cauliflower, chopped into florets (about 8 cups)
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 medium scallions, sliced
1 cup Korean BBQ Sauce (See below)

Korean BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 cup lite soy sauce or gluten-free
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon Gochujang or chili paste
1 tablespoon corn starch - blended with 2 tablespoons water

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 
2. Place the cauliflower florets on a baking tray and spray lightly with olive oil. Roast the cauliflower florets for 20 - 25 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. 
3. In a small sauce pan, whisk together all of the Korean BBQ Sauce ingredients - except the corn starch. Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes more. 
4. Stir 1 teaspoon of the corn starch and water mixture into the sauce and stir, allowing the sauce to thicken. Note: use more of the corn starch and water mixture if needed.  
5. Heat a skillet and add the roasted cauliflower and about 3/4 of the prepare Korean BBQ Sauce. Stir to coat the cauliflower generously with the sauce.
6. Transfer the cauliflower and drizzle with remaining sauce. Top with sliced scallions and serve. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 90 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 470 millgirams sodium, 17 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 13 grams sugar, 4 grams protein

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Panzanella Salad

I absolutely love, love, love panzanella salad! Classically panzanella is a salad of bread and tomatoes although, I like to switch it up and use a base of all different vegetables, like pictured here: cucumbers, red bell peppers, sweet onions. This recipe goes great with Italian meals or even as a stand alone salad. You can serve it topped with grilled marinated chicken or tofu too!

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Panzanella Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1/2 sweet onion

5 mini cucumbers

1 red bell pepper

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey mustard

1 tablespoon agave nectar

sea salt and black pepper

4 slices of bread or rolls, cut into bite-size cubes

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

1 ounce fresh Parmesan cheese, cut into thin slices

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Prepare vegetables by chopping into bite-size pieces and place on baking sheet.

3. Whisk together in a small bowl: vinegar, olive oil, mayonnaise, honey mustard, and agave nectar. Then season with sea salt and black pepper.

4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette and drizzle the rest of the dressing over the chopped vegetables. Roast the vegetables for 20 - 25 minutes or until they are tender.

5. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the reserved vinaigrette and then add the cubed bread. Stir throughout cooking and continue to cook until the bread cubes are lightly browned. Then remove from the heat and toss with the Parmesan cheese.

6. After the vegetables are done add the prepared croutons and top with the Parmesan cheese slices. 

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Cheesy Veggie Sticks

I'm on a continual quest to work in more vegetables into our eating routine and these cheesy veggie sticks are my newest favorite! You could almost call them bread sticks although there is now flour or wheat in them - just veggies, egg, cheese, and spices.  The other bonus is that they are quick and easy to make. Here is how this comes together and the recipe is listed below!

First start with cauliflower that is pulsed to about the size of rice. You can find this in the produce section of some grocery stores, with the frozen vegetables, or you can pulse cauliflower in the food processor until it is about the size of rice. If needed press the cauliflower with paper towels to remove excess water. 

Then mix in the eggs, cheese, and garlic powder. The mixture will thicken and be 'dough' like.

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Next line a baking dish with parchment paper and transfer the dough to the pan. 

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Then press the 'dough' into the pan and spread it evenly throughout the pan. 

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Bake it for 25 - 30 minutes, until the mixture is golden brown and starts to get crispy. Note: Depending on how much water is in the cauliflower, you may need to bake it longer to get it nice and crispy, if needed, bake longer until the top is golden brown. 

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Then top with remaining Parmesean cheese and return to the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. 

Then cool and slice into sticks and they are ready to enjoy! 

Then cool and slice into sticks and they are ready to enjoy! 


Cheesy Veggie Sticks 

Serves 6 - 8

Ingredients:

4 cups cauliflower, pulsed into the size of rice

1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

2 eggs

1 teaspoon garlic powder

optional: sea salt 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 

Mix the cauliflower, 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese, eggs, and garlic powder together. 

Prepare a 9" x 13" baking dish or small sheet pan with parchment paper and transfer the cauliflower mixture to the prepared pan.  

Press the mixture evenly through the pan and bake for 25 -30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Top with the remaining cheese and return to the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. 

Cool and then cut into strips to serve. 

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Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Serves: 14

Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) package light (⅓ less fat) cream cheese, softened
6 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 15 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup part-skim mozzarella shredded cheese
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. In a small crockpot combine cream cheese, yogurt, garlic, salt, black pepper, and onion powder.
2. Then stir in the artichoke hearts, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Then stir to combine.
4. Cook the dip on high for 1 - 2 hours or until the dip is warm and lightly bubbly. Then adjust heat to keep warm for serving.

Serving suggestion: Serve with whole grain tortilla chips and sliced veggies for serving! 

 

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