If you are somewhat meh about veggie burgers, these are sure to perk up your palate. Highly flavoured dark patties and a smoky pepper sauce offer a feast for the eyes, plus body benefits courtesy of sky-high fibre levels.
Chilling the burger mixture in the fridge for about 1 hour can make it easier to form the patties.
Preheat oven broiler. Slice orange peppers in half lengthwise and discard seeds and stem. Arrange slices cut side down on baking sheet and brush with 1 tsp (5 mL) oil. Broil about 5 to 6 in (13 to 15 cm) from heat until skins are well charred, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer peppers to bowl, cover tightly, and let stand for 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove skins from peppers. Place peppers in blender container along with yogurt, garlic, shallot, lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
Place quinoa and 1 1/3 cups (325 mL) water in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, or until grains are tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes, and then fluff with fork.
Heat 2 tsp (10 mL) oil in skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, shallots, and garlic; heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Place mushroom mixture, 1 cup (250 mL) beans, flax, mustard, cumin, and black pepper in food processor container and blend into a paste. Pulse in remaining beans, quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and goat cheese. With damp hands, form into 8 patties.
Heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil in large skillet over medium heat. Heat patties until crisp on both sides, about 5 to 7 minutes per side. Serve patties topped with Sweet Pepper Sauce.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.