Experimenting with Homemade Veggie Burgers: Trial 3

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I’m back with another Vegetarian burger recipe/ inspiration: the Mexican burger:

DSCF1294I served this with sweet potato fries (my new addiction), avocado and a side salad and featured it as a favourite meal in my second favourite experiments of the week post.

Ingredients (to make 4 burgers):

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 of a large can of black beans
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1 small/ half a red onion diced
  • 2 carrots
  • Chilli Powder

Boil the carrots and sautee the spinach and red onion. Then use a potato masher to mash together all of the ingredients together so you end up with something like this:

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Add a beaten egg to the mixture to allow the burgers to hold their shape better (and of course for extra protein). Now, as always, divide the mixture into small patties for either storing in the fridge if they will be cooked in the near future, the freezer or for cooking immediately.

DSCF1284Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes on 200 degrees celcius and serve, my personal serving suggestion shown at the beginning of this post.

FEOTW- 25/05/2014

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So here is another summary of some ‘food experiments’ I have been enjoying recently. I’ve been so busy with exam revision that this post is 2 weeks of meals combined into one, and not as wide of a selection as I would have liked. Though, the purpose of this post category is to show highlights of foods that don’t quite make an individual post.

First things first I have a confession to make: I am seriously addicted to sweet potatoes. Why they have not been a cupboard staple for me up until recently I will never know, all I do know is they are completely delicious. I’ve tested out sweet potato mash, sweet potato jackets but my favourite has to be the sweet potato fries:

mexican bowlHere is what I’m going to call the ‘Mexican Power Bowl’: Chilli sweet potato fries, black beans, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and grilled and sliced mushroom, aubergine and pepper. All topped with some avocado mashed with a little mayonnaise. mmm. Expanding on the south western theme was my homemade black bean burger (the post for which is in the works) with an avocado topped side salad and yes more sweet potato fries:

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It was a sad day when I ran out of Quinoa which I still haven’t had the chance to replace, still this ‘Quinoa Power Bowl’ was the perfect post-workout meal, giving my brain and body a healthy, nutritious and protein enriched boost. Roasted sliced carrots and mushrooms, sliced cherry tomatoes and black beans with quinoa cooked with a few drops of tomato puree for added flavour.

the quinoa power bowl

Anyone else get bored of breakfasts easily? This week I trialled ‘baked banana oats’ and breakfast certainly wasn’t so boring:

baked banana and peachAs above I served my baked banana oats with sliced peach and Greek yoghurt. How to make? Simply mash a ripe banana, sprinkle in some rolled oats, add a drop of milk and a dash of cinnamon then add anything additional, above I added a few raisins. Then bake in the oven on 180 degrees for around 10-15 minutes (the smell is heaven):

WP_20140525 1^ The banana mess before it has crisped up. I also tried this over a handful of blueberries and honey drizzled greek yoghurt to form a makeshift blueberry pie. This time I omitted the raisins and sprinkled some pumpkin seeds over the top:

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Thanks for reading and I hope that this post has given you inspiration for some meal ideas. Let me know what foods you have been enjoying recently.