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Homemade Veggie Burgers

2 cups-  rehydrated,  TVP (textured vegetable protein), follow package directions. I only used half the water to rehydrate the TVP, because the mixture was too wet after mixing & cooking with the addition the following ingredients

1-  small red onion, diced

5-  medium crimini mushrooms, or any mushrooms that you like, diced

3-  garlic cloves, crushed

1/4 cup-  grated Asiago cheese or any hard cheese that you like

1/2 cup-  2% cottage cheese. If you want a dryer burger, put the cottage cheese in a strainer or cheese cloth over a bowl, for at least an hour in the fridge, to let the excess water drain away

2-  large eggs

3/4 cup-  red, yellow, orange bell pepper, chopped

1 tsp-  sea salt or less

1 tsp-  fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp-  dried thyme

1 tsp-  fresh basil

1 tsp plus 2 tbsp-  coconut oil

Saute all vegetables except for bell peppers in 1 tsp of coconut oil until soft. Cool mixture on stove. Mix remaining ingredients except coconut oil in a bowl. Cover & refrigerate for about an hour. The colder the mixture is the better it holds together.

Divide mixture in 8.

Heat large saute pan on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When oil is heated, add 4 veggie burgers, formed into circular disks.

Cook approximately 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Do not flip them too many times or they may break. They are delicate until both sides are brown & crispy.

If needed use another 1 tbsp of coconut oil to cook 2nd batch of burgers.

Nutritional content for 1 burger: 163.2 calories; 6 grams fat; 100.2 mg sodium; 10.3 grams carbs; 4.3 grams sugar; 16.6 grams protein; 4.6 grams fiber.

Other vegetable options:

  • Lightly steamed or frozen spinach or kale chopped & drained. Frozen or fresh peas or corn.
  • Use whatever herbs you have on hand, fresh or dried.

Vegan options

  • Flax gel. Replaces 1 large egg. To make, mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed with 3 tbsp of water. Stir until gelatinous. Or stir & leave in fridge, covered overnight.
  • Asiago cheese. Can be replaced with a soy cheese substitute or leave out completely.  I added it for flavour.
  • Cottage cheese. Use same amount of soft tofu. You may have to adjust the seasoning as tofu is bland.

Try them out and tell me what you think.

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Till next time,