Jun 272011

This is another one of those posts where the picture does not do the recipe justice. I’ve got to work on that. Trust me, these were the best veggie burgers I’ve made in a long time, and I’ve made a lot. I am pretty sure it was the flavor from the generous amount of sage and the texture from the chopped nuts.

I made these burgers using the recipe for White Bean, Pecan, and Sage Burgers from Real Food Has Curves, and just swapped the walnuts for pecans. The mixture came together in my food processor fairly easily. Instead of frying the burgers, I baked them at 375F for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. I am sure they would be great cooked in oil, but it was just easier for me to pop them in the oven.

I placed a burger in a whole wheat pita pocket filled with lettuce and cucumber, and then added a dollop of plain yogurt. It was a nice light summer meal, with leftovers for the next day. The whole combination reminded of falafel, and next time I may form the bean mixture into balls and bake them that way. But any way you make these they are bound to be great!

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Jun 172011

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a great way to support local farmers. Plus, picking up a large variety of produce each week helps to ensure you get your servings of fruit and vegetables. I strongly believe in supporting local food, but it wasn’t practical for me to participate in a CSA this year.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to live vicariously through others as they enjoy the experience. I love hearing on Twitter and Facebook what everyone is picking up from the local farms. One of my coworkers is part of a CSA for the first time. She brought in one of her items to share, but wasn’t sure exactly what it was. She thought the farmer said “celery something” and some Googling revealed that this is celery leaf. The leaves and slender stalks are part of the celery plant. This herb tastes like celery, but without the stringy texture. The flavor is stronger than I expected, almost peppery.

I decided to put the celery leaf in a simple chicken salad wrap. I combined chopped chicken with a dab of mayonnaise, a dab of mustard, and chopped celery leaf, using both the leaves and stalks. Then I wrapped it up with some spinach, just to make sure there was enough green. It was a very tasty lunch, and the celery leaf really did perk up the otherwise boring chicken salad.

Thanks to MJ for sharing, and I look forward to hearing about next week’s pick-up.

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May 242011

I came home from Fitbloggin to a pretty much empty refrigerator. I made a super quick shopping trip so I would at least have some milk in the house, but I turned to my pantry and freezer for dinner. These salmon burgers were made on a whim without a recipe. The flavor came mostly from the salmon and thyme, with just a hint of garlic. I served the burger with a dab of cayenne mayonnaise and ate it with a fork, which added a certain elegance to a quick pantry meal.

The spinach adds both color and nutrition, but it’s really important to press the water out. Otherwise the mixture will be too wet and the burger won’t hold together in the pan. You might be wondering what you’re going to do with the rest of the spinach that you’ve defrosted, so I suggest you save it for a spinach omelet in the morning!

1 (6 oz.) can salmon
1/2 c. thawed chopped spinach with water pressed out
2 T cornmeal
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t thyme
Dash of salt & pepper
1 egg white

Mix salmon, spinach, cornmeal, and spices in a small bowl with a fork. Add egg white and mix well. Form mixture into 2 large patties. Gently place patties in a frying pan coated with cooking spray. Cook on medium heat until lightly browned, and gently flip the burgers. Continue cooking until the other side is browned, about 15 minutes total.

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Mar 032011

I read a lot of food blogs, and I bookmark a lot of recipes. I could cook for weeks, catching up on the backlog of great dishes I want to try. But sometimes recipes just fly to the top of the list, like these falafel burgers from Oh She Glows. Trust me, you’ll want to make these ASAP. They are just a little spicy with cumin and paprika, and just a little crunchy with sunflower seeds. I left out the tahini, but increased the lemon juice by a bit.

I actually made mini-burgers, and served them on a bed of local lettuce and topped with avocado for dinner. But the burgers will be transformed into a portable lunch when stuffed into a pita, or perhaps dipped into plain yogurt and eaten by hand. There are a lot of possibilities here, and I am sure I’ll be making another batch of these soon.

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Feb 252011

All of the credit for this idea goes to Gena from Choosing Raw, and her amazing Collard Wrap Tutorial. I had some Swiss chard on hand and a craving for hummus, so I decided to give this a try. I started by whipping up a quick batch of hummus, and then spreading it on a Swiss chard leaf as shown, with shredded carrot and chopped cucumber. And then I followed the tutorial and rolled it up.

As you can see, I didn’t succeed in making a neat tightly packed wrap, but I did create a few rolls which made a decent dinner. Practice makes perfect, and this seems like a technique worth perfecting. How convenient to fit vegetables, protein, and healthy fat in a roll you can eat with your hands!

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