Word on the street is that I am still not eating meat. Things have been going well for me on this journey so I am going keep at it for a while. I am not labeling myself a vegetarian because I might wake up tomorrow and eat chicken…who knows!
Until then, I will share with you my veggie dishes. These veggie patties are so delicious and packed with nutrients you won’t even notice you aren’t eating meat.
I know what you are thinking….they are going to be dry, taste like cardboard and something a hippie would eat. I am here to tell you that I too prefer to not eat foods that taste like dried out cardboard. Besides, hippies can be cool. (Shout out to Bellingham, WA!)
I know what else you are thinking! Why would I make these when I can buy them?
Three words, one answer: Read Your Ingredients.
Veggie patties these days are filled with chemicals and ingredients that surely do not sounds like food to me.
What I love about these Veggie Patties:
- Bursting with flavor- got some spice to it!
- Easy to freeze for quick dinners. What I personally do with them!
- Packed full of protein
- You can eat it with a bun, naked or chop it up over a salad. Options are endless.
-9 tablespoons diced red onion
-6 tablespoons diced black olives
-6 tablespoons diced red bell peppers
-3 teaspoon diced jalapeno
-4.5 tablespoons diced garlic
-3 tablespoon diced artichoke
-1 can or 15 ounces black beans, drained
-1 can or 15 ounces chickpeas, drained
-1 can or 15 ounces white beans, drained
-3 cups cooked quinoa
-1.5 teaspoon paprika
-1.5 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (less if you don’t like the spice)
-3 teaspoon dried oregano
-3 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
-1.5 teaspoon red chili flakes (less if you don’t like the spice)
-1.5 teaspoon ground cumin
-1.5 teaspoon salt
-3/4 teaspoon ground sage
-1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1. Cook quinoa according to the instructions on the package
2. In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil and all raw vegetables except beans. Sauté until translucent. Remove and cool.
3. In a large bowl, add sautéed veggies to beans and mix thoroughly. Add all dry ingredients, quinoa and eggs. Thoroughly mix all ingredients and form into 8 patties, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. If you want to freeze your patties, follow the picture directions below.
4. In sauté pan add 1-ounce olive oil, and cook patties 2 to 3 minutes per side. Enjoy!
There you have it my friends! You very own homemade, chemical free, delicious veggie patty. With spring in the air and summer around the corner, these will be the perfect addition to you recipe book and freezer.
Let me know what you think.
*This recipe was inspired from the Food Network.