I had no idea what to make for dinner until I opened the pantry and saw a package of tricolor Quinoa from Trader Joes.
I just happened to see a recipe on the back of the package for black bean and quinoa veggie burgers and that is what turned into dinner. I made them into sliders and topped with pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado. Don't forget vegenaise and mustard! Also, we had tater-tots on the side, just because...
Here's the recipe from the back of the package, but -- Warning: This recipe isn't vegan. It calls for an egg. And I used one. Oops.
6 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup red bell peppers, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, diced small (I used about 1/4 cup white onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves ( Skipped this because didn't have)
1 can black beans, drained (Used dry beans, cooked, 1 cup)
2 cups quinoa, cooked according to package
1 egg, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs (didn't end up using, see below)
TJ's Everyday Seasoning, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, add red peppers and saute until slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and shallot and continue to saute until soft. Remove from heat, cool for a few minutes and combine with beans and cilantro; add to food processor and pulse until chunky. Blend mixture with quinoa, salt and pepper. Taste; adjust seasoning if needed. Add a beaten egg and mix well.
Divide into 7 or 8 patties and refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Season bread crumbs with Everyday Seasoning; salt and pepper to taste. Dredge patties in bread crumbs. (Okay, I tried this, and they just crumbled to pieces when I tried to put them in the bread crumbs. Skipped.) Fry in remaining olive oil until browned. About 3 minutes on each side.
These were pretty good, but even with the egg to hold it together they were really crumbly and fell apart easily. I just don't get it! How do people make veggie burgers from scratch? Especially vegan ones, because those have NEVER turned out for me.