During the Great Depression many families only had meat if they hunted for it or caught them with simple box traps. Otherwise they simply did without. Only since WWII have people started thinking they needed meat with every meal. With the price of meat nowadays though, it can be hard for some families to afford meat at every meal. I know in my own home meat is not served as often as it was the past.
I've been experimenting with a new vegetable burger recipe this month that was shared on the Whole Foods website.
1/4 cup carrot, shredded
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked sweet potato
1 cup black beans, drained
1/4 cup tomato, chopped
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Water saute the first four ingredients for 5 minutes and then combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. The first time I made these the recipe said it makes four burgers, which was too big for my taste. So, the next time I made them I used a 1/4 cup measuring spoon to make uniform patties. With this smaller patty, I was able to make 11 patties out of the recipe. I then placed the patties on a parchment lined baking sheet and baked at 400 degrees for a total of 45 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking time.
These are good right out of the oven and even cold from the refrigerator. You can eat them with or without buns. They freeze well and are definitely cheaper than buying store bought veggie burgers. You could even experiment and add or omit any ingredients. I think black olives would make a great addition to this recipe.
Have you made your own veggie burgers? I would love to hear about your experiments in the comment section.
Also, there are two sites that I want to share with you. The first one is from the Vegan Lunch Box and directs you to the Magical Loaf Studio where you can create your own meatless dinner loaf from ingredients which you choose.
The second site is from the Engine 2 Diet and reminds me of those universal recipes that Amy D printed in the Tightwad Gazette.
I hope you will check both of them out.
Sorry I have not posted lately. I've had a health issue, which has left me feeling under the weather for the last three weeks, but thankfully I am on the mend.
CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
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