Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nutty Kids and Veggie Burgers

 Parker goofing around on the porch, but I like the "plant strong" caption this picture brings to my mind. I love seeing my eldest grow for the last 12 1/2 years on a plant-based diet. I have enjoyed seeing his veganism become his own over the years. He has very strong convictions and opinions. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don't, but I appreciate that we are close and communicate and discuss issues with mutual respect. I have learned more from my children than any of my fabulous teachers in school. I'm so fortunate to have them in my life.
 Our friends Erin and Brian gave us some zucchini from their garden (along with some kale which we used with the Salisbury Steak and some awesome grapes). I was at a loss of what to make for dinner the Tuesday night. We always need something quick before the kids head out to the park and don't come back in until after dark. I had nothing thought of or prepared, but I had a gift zucchini. I also had Let Them Eat Vegan! borrowed from the library. The zucchini turned into Nutty Veggie Burgers and it was  like magic. It only took minutes to prepare and we had everything on hand, they don't have wheat gluten as an ingredient which is a nice change. I knew we were on to something good when Josie wouldn't stop eating the raw burgers. This on has Chipotle Vegenaise, horseradish mustard, avocado, sriracha, and more shredded zucchini.
 Speaking of gardens, we have our first tomatoes!
 Fortunately, I doubled the Nutty Veggie Burger recipe because that is what they wanted for lunch the next day too.
This time Parker added some pepper jack Daiya as well (he can't get enough spice). He's now on a zucchini kick and they all love these burgers so much that it is worth buying Dreena's new cookbook just for this recipe. This will be handy for Rob's lunches as he goes back to working in an office at the beginning of next month.


Susan said...

Thank you so much, Linda! I also have this book on request from the library, but wasn't sure of the contents until now. Your post is so timely. I was just talking to Ercan this morning about how difficult it has been for me to find soy-free veggie burgers, and that I prefer hearty veggie burgers with real grains, nuts, and veggies and not with processed soy and other ingredients. I found some, and some recipes too, but the one you posted is exactly what I've been looking for! An added bonus is that we all love zucchini in this house. It also seems like something that wouldn't take too much time or be too complicated after a long day at work. I have been 100% vegetarian now for awhile, but the soy/thyroid issue has prevented me from trying to go completely vegan again, although most of the meals I have been cooking recently are vegan, with little to no soy, and I feel good.

VeganLinda said...

Susan, Let me know how you like them. Sounds like things are going really well. The burgers are super simple and great. For pre-packaged veggie burgers without soy, we like
and Sunshine burgers, but another homemade one is