Veggie burgers can be a delicious way to add healthy proteins, grains, and vegetables to your diet, but buying the pre-made stuff can be expensive (and less healthy, as some of those fake meats are science experiments with long, unpronounceable ingredient lists). I am constantly experimenting with ways to make my own at home for the sake of variety. My experiments don’t always work, but sometimes they do. This one is a success, and has the best consistency so far of any of my veggie burger attempts. And all without flour!
This recipe is loaded with protein and fiber; even the fat in it is the good kind (Omega 3 from olive oil and walnuts). I usually will sautee some onions and garlic for these recipes, but accept that many people (myself included) sometimes want something quicker with less prep time. So this recipe calls for onion and garlic powder instead, which is perfectly acceptable. Try not to judge.
This simple vegan sandwich is so packed with delicious, savoury ingredients, I guarantee you won’t miss the meat or cheese. It is also extremely fast and easy to prepare, and will only dirty one pan. I suppose you could put it in a panini press for a nice grilled sandwich, but it’s not necessary. I dare hardcore carnivores to try this and not love it.
It is usually fairly easy to get people to eat something vegan if white pasta is involved, and this dish is no exception. This can be made even healthier with whole wheat pasta, but there is nothing wrong with indulging once in a while. So go nuts and eat some white pasta, okay? This is delicious enough that you may not miss the parmesan cheese, so give it a try without. If you think it tastes like feet, you can add some later, okay?
Here is another hearty soup that is both filling and tasty without containing any meat or dairy. If you automatically assume anything vegan has to taste like tofu or a salad and insist on eating meat all the time, then fine. Grill up some chicken breast, dice it, set it aside, add it back after the soup has been pureed, and simmer an additional 10 minutes or so. But you really don’t need to bother. The beans are loaded with protein and fiber, and will fill you up just fine.
I can already hear the groans from the dairy lovers. This can’t possibly taste like anything except feet, right? Doesn’t it reek of nuts? Didn’t you just puree some nasty tofu? Why are you ruining Alfredo sauce this way? To answer your questions:
- Feet gross me out, so I’ve never gotten close enough to know what they taste like.
- No, it doesn’t reek of nuts. It is made with cashew cream, but that’s watered down with stock to cut the sweet nutty taste.
- There is no tofu in this.
- Not everyone can eat dairy, whether due to personal ethics or potential for diarrhea. So dont judge.
This is actually quite good, or else I wouldn’t be sharing it. It works as an Alfredo substitute, but can also be baked with pasta for a vegan mac and cheese substitute. No, it doesn’t taste exactly like cheese, but that doesn’t mean it tastes bad. And I’ve been trying for months to find a way to approximate a creamy sauce without it tasting disgusting (I’m looking at you, science experiment that is Daiya Cheese). So this was success. Proceed if you want to give it a try.
I made blackeyed peas as a side dish last night, and had plenty left over, so I wanted to conduct another cooking experiment. Admittedly, many homemade veggie burgers often end up too mushy and fall apart, or they’re entirely flavorless. Or possibly both. My other problem with vegetarian cooking is that vegetarians and vegans often resort to unhealthy, processed fake meat products that are hardly much healthier than their meat equivalents (I’ll save my rant against seitan for another day). Aside from Morningstar Farms (or other similar products) being quite expensive and contributing to the myth that “healthy eating is beyond my budget,” they are not made from whole ingredients.
This affordable recipe actually forms decent patties that crisp up well, and are quite flavorful. They are also made from scratch from just a handful of whole ingredients you can actually pronounce. Mushrooms are loaded with B and D vitamins (naturally occurring, unlike dairy), and also come packed with antioxidants. Blackeyed peas are loaded with fiber, potassium, iron, and protein. So give them a try!
The content of this 2011 documentary by Lee Fulkerson should surprise no one. Its mission is clear and very much in your face, which could be exactly what the Western world needs. Drawing from research and interviews of several doctors, nutritionists, and patients, the film paints a harsh picture of the meat and dairy industry in the US. Even if you are not considering a vegetarian diet, this is definitely worth your time.