Being a real burger afficinado, there’s no way I couldn’t
have fallen in love with this amazing began burger. This version of the popular
comfort-food dish is simply divine – a crispy veggie patty with a smooth and
almost creamy center that almost melts in your mouth. Chickpeas and corn make
the base of this patties, the flavor profile being completed by parsley, cumin
and coriander. To enjoy this patties at its best, I pared it with homemade
vegan buns, pickled cucumbers tomato and onion slices. What a treat!
Ingredients (for 6 burgers):
1 can of chickpeas
1 large can of corn
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp coriander
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp chili
2 garlic cloves
½ bunch of parsley
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
½ red onion
Spices. Using a mortar and pestle crush together
cumin and coriander seeds to fine powder. Add paprika, chili, salt and garlic
cloves and continue crushing until you form a paste.
Mix the base ingredients. Add the chickpeas and
corn to the bowl of a blender and pulse a few times until you form a rough
Seasoning. Add the paste from the mortar, flour
and nutritional yeast and pulse until blended.
Form the patties. Divide the composition into 6
balls. Refrigerate them for 30 minutes.
Shape the patties. Dust each ball with flour and
flatten them with your hands.
Fry the patties. In a large skillet over medium
heat heat about 4 Tbsp of oil. Carefully add the patties and cook them on each
side until golden brown (for about 3 – 4 minutes). When cooked place them on a
paper towel covered plate.
Assemble the burgers. Cut each bun in half,
drizzle some ketchup and garnich with picked cucumber slices, salad, tomato and
Hearty and flavorful, this Mexican – inspired soup is the best option whenever you feel like eating something satisfying and flavorful but time isn’t exactly your best friend. The juxtaposition between the hearty and tangy soup and the crunchy tortilla croutons is simply wonderful. This dish is ready in practically no time and it requires only budget-friendly ingredients. It’s so tasty that I find it simply impossible to limit myself at just one bowl. It’s packed with veggies, each and every one of them doing its own thing, transforming this dish into a color and flavor symphony. Simply amazing…
1 can of corn
1 can of red kidney beans
1 can of chopped tomatoes
½ red bell pepper
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
3 Tbsp olive oil
800ml vegetable soup
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
¼ tsp chili
for the tortilla croutons:
2 large tortillas
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp salt
Preheat de oven at 400°F/204°C (treapta 6).
Peel the onion and give it a chop. Remove the seeds from
the red bell pepper and cut it into small cubes. Peel the garlic and mince it.
Preheat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat
and sautee it until translucent. Add the minced garlic and sautee it as well
until fragrant. Add the spices and give the ingredients a stir.
Add the canned tomatoes and the soup and bring the pot to a
boil. Simmer the soup for about 5 minutes.
Add the beans and the corn and boil it for about 15
Meanwhile prepare the tortilla croutons. Slice them into 2
cm thick ribbons, lay them over a parchment paper-lined tray and bake them in
the preheated oven until golden.
Carefully remove them from the oven, drizzle the 2 Tbsp of
olive oil over them and sprinkle them with the spice mix.
Serve the soup in large bowls garnished with the tortilla
I can’t say I often come across such an interesting salad. This salad is quite special, it has a lovely flavor profile, great colors and wonderful textures. At first sight it is a simple, summery salad, with seasonal, budget-friendly ingredients. But when you taste it, it’s impossible not to fall in love. The earthy sweetness of the grilled corn goes wonderfully with the fragrant juiciness of the watermelon and the smooth, almost creamy texture of the lentils. These three tasty ingredients are deliciously bonded together by chopped chives and lemon juice.
For me, autumn basically translates itself by pumpkin. Pumpkin soups and creams, pumpkin salads and stakes, pumpkin cakes, pies and smoothies. This humble and extremely versatile vegetable has won my heart through time, due to its lovely flavor, texture and sweetness. Undoubtedly, my favorite variety of pumpkin is Musquee de Provence, a French variety that I’ve been growing in my own veggie garden for years. This beautiful giant has a gorgeous burnt orange skin with teal patches and a deep-orange flesh. The flesh is delicious and flavorful and if it’s finely sliced, it can be served even raw. Continue reading Roasted Pumpkin and Corn Salad
Nothing reminds me of my childhood as grilled corn does. Now that I think of it, I can even taste its unmistakable flavor and its sweet and warm smell. I remember taking the hot corn right from the burning coal and devouring the whole thing, without even waiting for it to cool down. Since that particular moment I had hundreds, maybe thousands of them and I enjoyed with the same pleasure each and every single one of them. This time I chose to grill the corn to enhance its sweetness and then I dressed the knobs with a herb butter mixture. There’s not much to say about the herb butter, maybe just the fact that that beautiful bouquet of herbs came from my own garden. I wish I could describe how divine the combination was! Continue reading Grilled Corn with Herb Butter
Today I have the following idea: a hearty kidney bean and quinoa warm salad wrapped in a homemade flatbread, served with a delicious and tangy avocado sauce. It’s a vegan dish, extremely tasty and very nutritious. It is a very satisfying salad, packed with protein, vitamins and healthy fats. Continue reading Warm Kidney Bean and Quinoa Salad Wrap