Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

I have enjoyed many a veggie burger, but those burgers were not fruits of my labor. I ordered them at restaurants, bought frozen in boxes, cajoled my mother to make them when she visited.

But I wouldn’t make them. They were too much work, too much chopping, too many peels in my kitchen trash bin. They sometimes cooked funny, and they were inevitably expensive because of all the ingredients.  💰 💰 💰

Not this burger. This burger is awesome. (okay, all those other burgers were awesome too, but listen to the reasons this one is awesome).

First, it’s cheap-cheap-cheap to make. I spent less than ten dollars on ingredients, and that makes about 6 burgers. There’s some frozen things in here (frozen chopped kale and frozen corn), but since you don’t use the whole package, it’s even cheaper the next time you make them. Just pull the leftover corn and kale out of your freezer and you’re good to go.

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

Second, it just might be the easiest veggie burger ever, because there’s so little chopping involved. A food processor/blender/what-have-you does most of the work. You only need to chop two things — a red pepper and a jalapeno. Well, I guess three if you count the onion, but you’re not chopping that. You’re making a single cut, tossing the peel (which practically falls off by itself), and then putting the cut bit in the blender. No onion tears! Extra points. You bake it in a loaf pan, and then slice it up. No flipping or oily splatters from a skillet.

Third, you can slice it up, freeze the individual slices, and then have burgers for days! Easy dinner. Just nuke it for a minute to defrost and then toss it under the broiler for some nice toasty char. I usually take my own dinner when I eat at my in-laws, because our diets are rather different and I don’t want to have them make anything special just for me. Anyways, I went over there on Sunday, exhausted after my first long-ish (slow, cold, plodding) run of the season, and it was wonderful to just heat this up without having to scrap together a salad.

I ate it with ketchup 😁

Which leads me to my fourth point….it’s versatile! You can have in tacos with salsa, plain over your favorite salad, or open faced on toast with ketchup and a pickle. Or no pickle.

And, yeah, I will conceded that this is NOT the prettiest burger that you’ve ever seen, but um, after it’s in your belly and you’re happy, are you really gonna care?

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

 

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

Yield: 6 burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, well drained
  • 1/3 purple onion
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen chopped kale (non-brick form)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp flax (optional but highly recommended)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. In a blender, pulse together the chickpeas, carrots, and onion. Be very careful and quick. You are aiming for a coarse grind, not a paste.
  3. Chop up the red pepper and the jalapeno.
  4. Combine the chickpea mix, both peppers, the frozen corn, the frozen kale, the garlic powder, and the salt. Add the flax if using.
  5. Press mix into a lined loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toasty golden on top
  6. Allow to cool slightly before slicing -- if sliced too soon, it will be a little crumbly.
  7. Turn the oven up to broil, and with quick hands, slice and shape a burger. Don't burn yourself!
  8. Broil for a minute or two on each side.
  9. Serve with love
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really easy veggie burger

 

Spicy Root Vegetable Stew

Spicy Root Vegetable Stew

It’s started to snow, and my first winter in the Midwest feels like it’s officially begun. I used to be able to get by with thick sweaters layered under a windbreaker, but that won’t do here.  Over the holidays I acquired a warm puffy coat with lots of pockets, and was pleased to be able to snuggle into its insulated depths. Some 1/4″ sheet metal screws drilled into old running shoes used to keep me steady in the slush, but now I have a pair of jangling snow cleats that are more appropriate for this weather. So now I suppose I’m ready for the frosty months ahead.

But I hadn’t yet made soup, and it was time. I love a simple root stew, chunky, the kind that you can eat with a fork it you really wanted to. Only a few ingredients can make an incredibly filling and comforting meal.

Spicy Root Vegetable Stew

Speaking of few ingredients, I am trying to be more budget conscious when I cook (no promises though) 😇😈. We need to be saving a little money now, and I feel like many families experience the same after the holidays. This soup is wallet friendly, and both hearty and healthy.

Spicy Root Vegetable Stew

This soup is good and spicy, kind that warms in you in more ways than one, the kind that makes you sweat just a little. The key element here is a single plump chipotle pepper plucked from a can. One little guy flavors the whole pot. Chipotle peppers are one of my treasured soup ingredients, but I often only use one at a time. I freeze the rest, either wrapping them individually in plastic, or stuffing them in an ice try.

I crumpled queso fresco over top, but you totally don’t have to. Since we’re going with the budget theme here, I encourage you to use any cheese you have on hand. Some traditional Mexican soups are also served with cream stirred in, though I have never liked this.  But if it sounds like something you’d enjoy, try stirring in some Greek yogurt. The cheese topping is the only animal-derived ingredient in this dish, so skip it to make it a vegan meal. Feel free to trade it in for some cashew cream, or even a delicate drizzle of tahini.

Spicy Root Vegetable Stew

Spicy Root Vegetable Stew

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely diced purple onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 5 medium carrots (about 1/3 lb worth of carrots)
  • 1 chipotle pepper from a can, plus 1 tbsp of the can juice
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups unsalted vegetable broth
  • salt to taste
  • to serve
  • crumlbed queso freso (of whatever cheese you have on hand)
  • warm corn tortillas, optional

Instructions

  1. Place the onion, the garlic, and 1/2 cup of the broth in a pot over the lowest heat setting. Cover. Allow to cook while you prepare the rest of the ingredients (about 5 minutes)
  2. Scrub and dice the potatoes and peel and slice the carrots. Add to the pot with another 1/2 cup of broth. Raise heat to medium and cook for another 12 minutes.
  3. After 12 minutes, chop up the chipotle and add it to the pot with the tbsp of juice, the can of crushed tomatoes, and a full cup of broth. Cover once more.
  4. After about 23 more minutes (aka you are approaching the 40 minute mark of cooking, total), add the last cup of broth and allow to simmer for a minute or two.
  5. Remove from heat. Add a little salt to taste.
  6. Serve with love and cheese.
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