Wednesday, May 29, 2013

JJ's Patties - Veggie Burgers packed with nutrition!

Veggie burgers are a staple in our home. I used to buy them at the store and then started experimenting with making them at home. I love making them because they are very forgiving plus it's really easy to mix up the ingredients and come up with many variations!

"JJ's Patties" were inspired with my step-son in mind, focusing on good digestion and high nutrition. The smell and taste are irresistible and Jerry and I can't help but eat one or two.  JJ will look at our plate with a look indicating "what do you think you are doing?" haha! Therefore...they are JJ's Patties!

  • 1/2 cup flax meal 
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 pckgs Tempeh
  • 4 carrots - peeled
  • 2 leaves chard - de-stem
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 2 cups kidney beans (pre-cooked)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup oregano
  • 1 onion (feel free to use 1/2)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 lemon - squeezed
  1. Mix flax meal and warm water with fork. Set aside to form egg substitute.
  2. In a food processor chop the tempeh, vegetables, beans and fresh herbs. 
  3. Pour the chopped ingredients into a large bowl. Add the egg substitute and kneed the mixture to form a dough mixture. 
  4. Refrigerate for an hour +.
  5. Form a patty. Tip: I use the top to a mason jar to form a circular patty shape.
  6. Preheat oil in a pan or try oil free and preheat water or vegetable broth in a pan over medium-high heat.  
  7. Once the pan is hot, add patties and cook for 5-10 minutes. 
  8. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the bottom is nice and brown.
  9. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes+, until desired consistency.
I typically pre-cook all of the patties and then freeze the extras so I have them on hand for any occasion. Use your favorite toppings and throw it on a bun, lettuce or enjoy as is!

Toppings used above:
Sliced Red Onion
Sliced Tomato
Sliced Avocado
Sliced Jalapeno
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste

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