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Double Drive Thru Veggie Burgers

Published October 17, 2016 by jenmatteson

It’s football season, which means parties, junk food, and lots of drinks! And all of those things tastes so much better when you are playing your biggest rival. For us, that means our Vikings are playing the Pack. It was an evening game, so instead of making snacks and appetizers, I wanted to make a meal; something indulgent. Well, seemingly anyway.

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I’ve had this recipe for some time, and figured this was the perfect opportunity to make these delicious sounding burgers! I was a little too excited for the game I think, as I burned the buns ūüė¶ Thankfully I had more in the freezer, so I didn’t have to do the old scrape-the-burn-parts-off-with-a-knife-into-the-sink trick. I actually threw something away if you can believe it. But, just look at them…who would save them?

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I was pleasantly surprised at the consistency of these burgers when forming them as they stayed together very nicely. Even better, they browned up and actually kind of looked like hamburger patties.

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Building the burgers proved to be a bit of a challenge, as they kept falling to one side of the other. A toothpick wouldn’t have helped since they are so huge! Speaking of huge, Nate refused to eat it with both patties, he had to deconstruct the burger. I powered through, squashed it down, and shoveled it in! The burger has some heft from the lentils, and the crunch from the walnuts was a nice added texture.

I haven’t even talked about the sauce yet. It was out of this world! I was a little hesitant with the tofu because I don’t work with it, well, ever. I like it, I eat it, but I’ve never made anything with tofu. The sauce really tasted like it had a mayo base. I think I even fooled Nate and my parents. My parents had us over for a fish fry the following day and so I brought this sauce thinking it would be good on the fish in place of tartar. It was fantastic! So don’t worry if you have too much, it can be put to many uses! Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Vikings won ūüôā

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Double Drive Thru Veggie Burgers

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Sauce
6 oz soft tofu, cubed
3 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp agave or honey
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp. sweet pickle relish
1 tbsp. fresh dill
Kosher salt

Burgers
5 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt
pepper
1 cup cooked brown rice
1-15 oz can cooked lentils, rinsed and drained
1 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp dried basil
4 hamburger buns, plus 4 bun bottoms, toasted
tomato slices, dill pickle chips, lettuce and thinly sliced red onion for garnish

Directions:

  1. Make the sauce. In the bowl of a food processor combine tofu, ketchup, mustard, agave, garlic, pickle relish and dill. Puree until well combined and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
  2. Make the burgers. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp. oil. Add onion and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes. Season with salt. In the bowl of a food processor, combine onion and garlic mixture, rice, lentils, walnuts, flour and dried basil. Pulse until the mixture just comes together and whole grains of rice are still visible. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using lightly oiled hands, press 1/3 cup of the mixture into 1/2-inch thick patties and transfer to a plate, making a total of 8 patties.
  4. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp. oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties until bottoms are browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until the other side is browned and patty is heated through, about 5 more minutes.
  5. Starting with the bottom bun, layer spread, burger patty, toppings, another bottom bun, spread, burger patty, toppings, spread and top bun. Repeat for remaining 3 servings.

Rainbow Spring Rolls

Published February 22, 2016 by jenmatteson

Last weekend I hosted a ladies wine tasting party. We do this every year when the men go ice fishing. It’s a fantastic reason for us to get together, drink wine, and let loose. Very loose.

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The theme of the tasting was Sonoma County wines under $20. For food, we decided to go with spa cuisine type appetizers. What exactly is “spa cuisine” many asked? Well,¬†I can’t be positive as there was a lot of different explanations on the ol’ Google. But here is what I took away from it. Fresh, whole, minimal preservatives, and simple ingredients.

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I made these neat wine glasses as favors for the ladies, which then inspired my table setting and food choices. Everyone got a different color, so I paired it with matching placemats and plates, birthing a rainbow color scheme. Now enter Rainbow Spring Rolls.

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I wasn’t even looking for “rainbow” themed foods, but I did run across these, and thought they’d be perfect. I’ve never made spring rolls, and was a little hesitant, but they really couldn’t have been easier. The hardest part was trying to not get the wrapper stuck to itself after soaking in warm water. I hesitated a bit with the herb mixture of cilantro and mint, and a healthy handful of each, but they paired perfectly together, and to finish off with the peanut sauce – wow. They were delicious! The peanut sauce alone would be an awesome salad dressing, which is what I plan to do with my leftovers. The original recipe called for mango, which I do think would have been a fun sweet addition, but it also mentioned that the acidity in the mango ate through the wrapper if they were made ahead, so I opted out. Didn’t even miss the mango! There were a hit and I plan to make them again!

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Rainbow Spring Rolls

Source: Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Servings: 10-12

Ingredients:

10-12 rice spring roll wrappers
2 beets, peeled and julienned
1/2 – 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
1/2 – 1 red bell pepper, julienned
2-3 medium carrots, julienned
1 large bunch mint
1 large bunch cilantro

Ginger Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup salted natural peanut butter (almond butter would be great, too)
1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
2-3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp Sriracha or other chili sauce
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
hot water

Directions:

  1. Fill a skillet (large enough to fit the spring roll wrapper) almost to the top with water, and bring to a boil. Set aside for a few minutes until cool enough to touch.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce by combining all ingredients except water. Whisk until well combined. Add hot water 1 tbsp. at a time until sauce reaches desired consistency. Set aside.
  3. Once the water is no longer hot but very warm, submerge one rice paper for about 10 seconds. You’ll know when it’s ready once very pliable, but if you let it for too long or the water is too warm, the paper becomes too fragile to work with.
  4. Once soft, transfer to a damp surface (I used a wet wooden cutting board which worked great!) and smooth out into a circle.
  5. Add carrots, peppers, beets and a healthy handful of each mint and cilantro. Fold the bottom over the fillings, then turn in each side. Finally, roll completely to seal. Place on serving plate and top with a damp towel until ready to serve. Repeat process with remaining ingredients.

Meatless Monday: Basil Portobello Hoagie

Published April 14, 2014 by jenmatteson

Final trial veggie sandwich before the shower…

I must say, it was wonderful, but I sure wish I had more Portobello, because not only does the hoagie look slightly un-plump, but I could have really used a little more veg and less bread.¬† Don’t get me wrong, the entire thing was wonderful, but I wouldn’t have been upset with more mushrooms.¬† Who could be?

Basil Portobello Hoagie

I roasted my own peppers for this sandwich (soups easy), as well as used homemade hummus.¬† Feel free to speed up the process with jarred roasted red peppers and/or pre-made hummus.¬† This was another vegan try for the baby shower, and while I think taste-wise this was my favorite, it would be too difficult to keep warm and leave out for several guests.¬† So, I’ve decided on the Hummus Supreme!

But go ahead and give this one a try too.¬† I made this when it was still freezing in MN, which wasn’t too long ago, so I didn’t grill the Portobello.¬† I just saut√©ed them in some olive oil quickly on the stovetop.

Basil Portobello Hoagie

Portobello Hoagie

Source:
Servings: 2

Ingredients:

4 large Portobello caps
2 hoagies, or about 2 5-inches pieces of French bread, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup hummus
6-8 fresh basil leaves
1 roasted red pepper (approximately 1/2 cup jarred)

Directions:

1. If grilling, preheat grill to medium high heat.  Brush mushrooms with olive oil, and grill until just tender, about 2-3 minutes on each side.  Remove from heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and let rest.  Slice into 1/2-inch strips.  If you are using your stovetop, Slice mushrooms into long strips, about 1/2-inch thick.  Preheat olive oil in a small skillet over medium high heat.  Add mushrooms and cook over moderate heat until just softened, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let rest.

2. Meanwhile, divide hummus evenly and spread on both sides of bread.  Layer with basil leaves, roasted red pepper and sliced Portobellos.  Close and enjoy!

Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa

Published March 31, 2014 by jenmatteson

It probably seems like we’ve been eating entirely vegetarian lately, but it just so happens, I’ve just had a lot of Meatless Monday’s in a row!¬† I’ve kept myself busy trying out some veggie sandwiches for my girlfriend’s baby shower, which I still have one more to share, and have just happened across some other unignorably delicious meatless recipes.

Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa

This quinoa salad does have butter, and while I think it would certainly taste good with oil in place of butter, I’m not sure you’d be able to achieve the depth and slight sweetness of brown butter with oil.¬† The sage and brown butter are absolutely amazing.¬† While this salad can be served chilled or room temperature, I think serving it warm brings out the best flavors!¬† I liked this so much, you could serve this as a lunch or a side to any meal.¬† We had dinner with Nate’s parents; Momma Marsha made mussels, so I brought this as a side.¬† It went perfectly!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 shallot, finely diced
4 cups water
Kosher salt
2 tbsp. butter
freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2  butternut squash, diced
2 tbsp. sage, chopped

Directions:

1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring the quinoa, shallot, water, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the quinoa has fully absorbed the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 400¬ļ. Toss the squash with one tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on foil-lined baking sheet and roast¬†for 25 to 35 minutes, or until slightly browned and tender, turning halfway through.

3. Meanwhile, place butter in medium sauté pan and melt over moderately high heat, swirling the pan continuously until the butter begins to foam and just begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the sage, swirling for another 30 seconds.

4. In a serving bowl, toss the quinoa with the butternut squash, and sage brown butter, and serve.

Meatless Monday: Balsamic Roasted Veggie Wrap

Published February 24, 2014 by jenmatteson

I am getting really tired of this winter.¬† All these veggie sandwiches makes me excited to start planting my garden and having fresh produce at my fingertips daily!¬† But alas, it’s¬†still awful cold out ūüė¶¬† To try to get into the spring state of mind, I wanted to try another veggie option for my friend’s baby shower, and this time, it’s a roasted wrap!¬† This takes a bit longer than the hummus supreme sandwich, as you have to first salt the eggplant and let the excess water drain, then wait for the vegetables to roast ūüė¶¬† But don’t worry, the wait is worth it.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Wrap

The veggies are soft and sweet and the arugula adds a little crunch and extra freshness.¬† I would make a large batch of the roasted veggies so you can have this wrap every day for lunch, ready to go.¬† Cold or warm, it’s delicious.¬† You could use lavish, pita or tortilla wrap, like I did.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Wrap

Roasted Vegetable Wrap

Source: Inspired by Vegan Soul Power
Servings: Makes about 4 wraps

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant (or 2 small), peeled and cut into 1/2″ dice
kosher salt
2 zucchini, cut into 1/2″ dice
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pint button mushrooms, rough chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I used blood orange balsamic, but use what you like/have)
fresh cracked pepper
16-20 basil leaves
1 cup arugula
4 tortilla wraps

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place diced eggplant in colander and sprinkle generously with salt.  Toss to coat evenly.  Set over bowl or sink and let sit for 10-15 minutes.  Excess water will begin to drain from eggplant.

2. To a large bowl, add eggplant, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.  Drizzle with olive oil and half the vinegar.  Add salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly.  Transfer vegetables to prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes.  Halfway through, flip vegetables.  With 5 minutes remaining, drizzle additional vinegar over vegetables.  Remove from oven and cool slightly.

3. Divide basil and arugula among tortilla wraps, and top with roasted vegetables.  Wrap as desired and enjoy!

Meatless Monday: Supreme Hummus Sandwich

Published February 17, 2014 by jenmatteson

Do you ever get sick of your same old boring lunch?  Maybe not.  But maybe you want to try something new, possibly a little healthier or fresher than that café in your building that serves pre-wrapped sandwiches.  Do you even know when those sandwiches were made?

Supreme Hummus Sandwich

I wanted to try out a few vegan sandwich recipes to serve at my girlfriend’s baby shower in a few months.¬† Yes, I’m already planning!¬† One of the best things about this sandwich is that there is absolutely no cooking.¬† Use store-bought hummus if you like to make this even quicker ¬†(I made a classic creamy hummus, though a roasted red pepper hummus would be fantastic!).¬† I also used a store-bought 8-grain bread, but this would be even better with a thick cut gourmet bread.¬† Don’t forget to lightly salt your veggies before assembling your sandwich; you wouldn’t believe how much of a difference it makes.

Supreme Hummus Sandwich

The original recipe calls for pomegranate molasses, but my grocer didn’t carry it, and I didn’t want to make a special trip to find it.¬† I just went with regular molasses, and I thought this sandwich was absolute heaven!¬† Even Nate liked it, so don’t be afraid to feed it to your meat¬†loving kids or hubbies!¬† The thinly cut crisp veggies paired with the smooth savory hummus is awesome.¬† The drizzle of molasses really brings it all together and¬†knocks it out of the park.¬† I know it sounds a little weird, but trust me – it adds SO MUCH with just a tiny drizzle.

Supreme Hummus Sandwich

Supreme Hummus Sandwich

Source: Inspired by Vegan Soul Power
Servings: Makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients:

2 slices hearty wheat or grain bread
4 tbsp. hummus
4 thin slices cucumber
4 thin slices tomato
thin sliced red onion
1/4 tsp molasses

Directions:

1. Lightly toast bread (this is optional, but I like a little crisp and warmth in my bread).  Spread each slice with hummus.  Layer one slice of bread with arugula, cucumber, tomato and red onion.  Drizzle lightly with molasses and top with second prepared slice of bread.

Meatless Monday: Keep warm with this White Bean-and-Leek Soup

Published February 10, 2014 by jenmatteson

I accidentally bought a few leeks at the supermarket the other day.  Not like they jumped in my basket, onto the conveyor belt and into my bag unnoticed.  I was picking up ingredients for a new scallop recipe, and thought it called for leeks, when truly, it was fennel.  Oops!  So, seeing as though I had these perfectly good leeks in my fridge, begging to be used, I decided to help them meet their destiny with a soup.

Whit Bean-and-Leek Soup

While I was making this soup, I was thinking, this is very simple.¬† As in, there isn’t much to it, I sure hope it tastes good.¬† But don’t worry, it does.¬† The practically melted leeks with a hint of thyme¬†have¬†a perfect savory-sweet pairing.¬† The beans give it a needed heft, and the croutons add a nice crisp.

Whit Bean-and-Leek Soup

The¬†recipe calls for fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, but I made mine without (except for garnishing in the picture).¬† I also used pretzel bread to make the croutons, which tasted absolutely amazing.¬† This soup comes together in less than 30 minutes, so it’s an easy weeknight meal, and is perfect warming agent during this polar vortex hulla-ballew.

White Bean-and-Leek Soup

White Bean-and-Leek Soup

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

2 1-inch thick slices rustic bread, cut into 1-inch dice
1 tbsp. olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 leeks, white and light green parts, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 sprigs thyme
1 8.5-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (vegetable broth would be fine if you want to keep it vegan)
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a foil lined baking sheet, toss bread crumbs with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Bake until bread crumbs become golden brown and crisp.

2. In a large saucepan, melt butter.  Add leeks and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until leeks are tender, about 10 minutes.  Add beans and chicken broth, cover and simmer until leeks are very tender, about 10 minutes more.  Season to taste.  Remove from heat, stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano if desired.  Serve and top with croutons.

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