Wednesday, April 28, 2010


So I have to admit, James and I are carnivores, but this week has a been a little different.........more veganish you might say. You see, James flys out tomorrow for another out of state race and I head out Friday for a little "race" in D-town. Therefore, our fridge is bare and I really don't want to buy a bunch of food before we leave. The good news is, we are definitely EATING UP all our VEGGIES (don't want t leave them here all by their lonesome!).
Anyway, I was reading the lovely Vegan Angela's blog the other day and saw her recipe for Jiffy Burgers. Just so happened that I had most of those ingredients in my fridge, yea! I thought I'd give it a try (with a little switcher-roo in the veggies and flour). Check it!

Homemade Veggie Burgers (aka Jiffy Burgers)
Also adapted from here

cup (240 ml) cooked, drained beans (I used chickpeas)
1 cup (240 ml) chopped mixed vegetables (I used carrot, celery, cucumber, Kale, and tomato)
1 small onion, cut into chunks (I actually only used 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup (120 ml) raw sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp (15 ml) raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp (15 ml) Bragg’s, tamari or soy sauce
1/2 tsp (5 ml) dried dill weed
1/2 tsp (5 ml) dried basil
1/2 tsp (5 ml) dried tarragon
1/4 tsp (1 ml) fine sea salt
dash cayenne ( I actually used a curry spice instead)
1 tsp (5 ml) finely ground flax seeds
1/4-1/2 cup (60 ml-120 ml) flour (I used buckwheat)

Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.
Place everything except the flour in the bowl of a food processor and blend until almost smooth and only small flecks of vegetables remain (I like my burgers fairly homogenous; if you prefer chunkier burgers, process a bit less). Sprinkle with 1/4 cup (60 ml) flour to start, and pulse to combine; check the texture of the mixture with your hands. It should be very moist but still hold together. If the mixture is too wet, add more flour until desired consistency is reached.
Shape the mixture into 6-8 burgers, depending on how big you’d like them. Flatten each burger to 1/2 inch (2.5 cm) thickness and place on the cookie sheet, spacing evenly (these won’t spread as they bake).
Bake about 15 minutes on one side, then flip and bake another 10-15 minutes on the other side, until burgers are lightly browned. These may also be cooked on a flat grill; spray with olive oil spray and grill 8-10 minutes on one side, then flip and grill another 5-8 minutes on the other side.
We topped it with a little avocado and chalula sauce.

So what were the results for first our "veganish" meal??? Delicious!!! And the hubs agreed! We will definitely be  making these again. Plus, we used up a ton of good vegetables and now I feel resourceful, yea!
Thanks Angela for this "jiffy" of a recipe!

Going along with "veganish" and "jiffy" theme, I wanted make the hubs some gluten free goodies to take while traveling. Joanna had this awesome recipe post this morning for Jiffy Peanut Butter Bread so I thought I'd see if I had any ingredients that were similar. Turns out, I did! Here's my Gluten Free /Vegan version. Thanks Joanna. This recipe is a keeper!

Almond Butter Currant Bread

1/2 cup Raw Almond Butter
1/3 cup Sugar (or your favorite sugar substitute)
1 1/2 cup Milk (I used unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
1 cup Amaranth Flour
1 cup Coconut Flour
4 t Baking Powder
1/2 cup dried currants
1tbsp cinnamon
1 t Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend peanut butter, sugar, and milk together. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients then add it to the peanut butter mixture, blend. Pour batter into a bread loaf pan coated with non-stick spray. Bake for 45-50 minutes

Gooey Goodness!

Well, I think I got rid of a lot perishables in our fridge and pantry, phew! Just need to eat a few more bananas and we're set.

Happy Hump day!




Allie (Protein Girl) said...

I made totally NON-vegan veggie burgers last night from a Mark Bittman Walnut Burger recipe. My personal touch? Sauteeing them in a bit of olive oil with added bacon drippings. Ah to be a vegetarian!


That bread looks yummy.

Bre said...

oh yum! those burgers look so good!! Do you think they would freeze well??

Jenn said...

I love getting rid of all the vegetables in our fridge! It makes me feel like a half way responsible adult. Those burgers look good. When I have up meat for Lent I would "make" the Dr Prager's (sp?) burgers and top it with avocado b/c avocado ROCKS!

april said...

Those burgers look delicious! I used to love Boca Burgers but now my stomach doesn't like them too much. I should try homemade!

Anonymous said...

GIRL your freaking recipes ARE AMAZING!! mm! LOVE veggie burgers!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Anonymous said...

I NEED to make that bread now. It sounds like all of my favorites!! P.S I just tried the gingerberry Kombucha. I'm in love!

SSB said...

Those burgers look great. And so does that bread. I wish I had more time to try all your recipes.

Dana said...

Hey, just found your blog. Do you make your own kombucha?

Ricki said...

So glad you liked the burgers! They remain one of my favorites. If you're feeling really adventurous, I also recently posted a recipe for beet burgers--equally delicious (no, seriously!) ;)

Lindsay Cotter said...

Oh yum! I we love beets so we'll definitely be trying those out!

And Bre, I'm sure they freeze well. They would be great just by themselves, in a salad, etc.

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious!

Alyson @ Nourished Fitness said...

I think when not preparing to compete I could fairly easily be vegan, there are just so many delicious options and recipes these days. Everything here looks so good.. esp that bread.. drools :)

Ricki said...

So glad you liked the burgers! They remain one of my favorites. If you're feeling really adventurous, I also recently posted a recipe for beet burgers--equally delicious (no, seriously!) ;)

Gabriela said...

Loved the recipes, girl!
Thanks for sharing :)

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La. said...

I tried a vegan meatloaf and it was TERRIBLE! It took me awhile to try another vegan meal. I'd like to incorporate more fresh veggies into our lifestyle! I am to bring a dessert to a gluten free family so Friday I will begin trying something NEW!