Sunday, July 29, 2012

McDougall Veggie Burger

This recipe comes from McDougall's "The Starch Solution".  It is a great veggie burger that doesn't fall apart. I topped mine with avocado, onion, mushrooms, and lettuce and tomatoes from my garden.  It made 12 so I baked them all and then I am freezing the leftovers.

20 ounces firm tofu, drained
1 package (12.3 ounces) silken tofu, drained in a fine mesh strainer
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 pound mushrooms chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp veg worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
whole wheat buns and condiments for serving

Preheat oven to 350.  Have 2 non stick baking sheets.

Combine the drained firm and silken tofu in a food processor and process until smooth, stopping several times to scrape down the bowl.  Transfer the tofu to a large bowl and mix in the oats and spinach.

Put the onion, mushrooms, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet with 1/2 cup of water.  Cook over med heat, stirring frequently, until the onion softens and all of the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 12 min.  Add the onion-mushroom mixture to the tofu mixture, along with the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, paprika, lemon juice, and pepper.  Mix very well, using your hands if you wish.  (The mixture is very sticky)

Use moistened hands to shape the mixture into 12 1/4 patties, arranging them on the baking sheets.  Bake for 20 min, flip the burgers, then bake them for 20 min on the other side.

Serve the burgers warm.

*To reheat frozen burgers, put in microwave for 2 min or on a dry griddle for 5 min.

Asian soba noodle dish

Today I was struggling for what to make for lunch.  I didn't want another salad!  The problem with eating plant strong is you get tired of salads.  So I grabbed a bunch of stuff from the frig and went to work.  Turns out, I made a yummy dish that the whole family loved.  Quick, easy, and that's my kind of meal!

Soba noodles (I use the organic soba noodles from Costco-3 packets)
shelled edamame- 1 1/2 cups
Spinach-3 cups
Shitake mushrooms-1 1/2 cups (you can substitute portobello mushrooms as well
Chickpeas-1 can organic chickpeas rinsed and drained
Teriyaki sauce
Vegetable broth
chili paste (optional-if you like spicy)

Heat the soba noodles in pan with vegetable broth.  When they are heated through, add the edamame, mushrooms, and chickpeas.  Add teriyaki sauce-just enough to coat everything.  If desired, add 1 tbsp chili paste.  In separate pan, saute spinach with a little vegetable broth just until wilted.  Mix spinach  with noodle dish once noodle dish has simmered for 10 min.  Serve in bowls.  Serves hungry family of 5.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quinoa Taboule

This is a great fresh tasting salad perfect for summer.  I use it as a side dish at dinner.

2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
1 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped scallions
2 tbsp. chopped fresh mint
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 tbsp. minced fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground white pepper

Toss together all ingredients.  Chill for 1 hour or more to allow flavors to blend.  Makes 6 servings.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Banana Bread muffins....delish!

Another tasty muffin from Happy Herbivore cookbook.  Instead of making it a loaf, I did muffins.  Easier for me to serve to my kiddos and also better portion control!  Enjoy!  I love these muffins before a workout, or for a healthy snack when my kids are craving cookies. :)

1/4 c. non-dairy milk (I use almond milk)
1/4 tsp lemon juice
4-5 spotted or browning bananas (I use 4)
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. raw sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Optional ingredients: 1/4 tsp almond extract plus 1 tsp of cherry extract (I added cherry extract.  I didn't have almond)

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease or spray a standard 8 in loaf pan or use muffin liners if you are making muffins
2. Whisk the non dairy milk with lemon juice-set aside
3. Cream bananas with both the sugars using a spatula until smooth and creamy.  Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, whisk spices, flour, baking soda, and baking powder together.
5. Add milk/lemon juice and banana mixture to the flour mixture.  Add remaining ingredients and just stir until just combined
6. Pour into loaf pan or muffin cups.  If doing loaf, put a tent of foil over pan
7. Bake for 45 min to an hour for loaf or 18-20 min for muffins.  insert toothpick to make sure it comes out clean to know when they are done.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Black Bean Dip...Just in time for 4th of July!

2 cans black beans (rinsed/drained)
2 diced tomatoes
2 diced avocados
1 can diced jalapenos (drained)
2 tbsp cilantro
1/2 red onion (diced)
2 limes
salt/pepper/garlic to taste

Mix together and add juice of 2 limes and garlic.  salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with baked tortilla chips