Skip the drive-thru and turn to everyday pantry ingredients to make your very own plant-based, fast food-inspired burger. Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike will find something to love at first bite, no matter how you top your patty. Swap the lab coat for an apron and cook up a batch of these crowd-pleasers tonight.
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). On large rimmed baking sheet, toss mushrooms, bread, sunflower seeds, beet, and garlic with oil, salt, and pepper. Spread mixture into even layer and roast for 30 to 35 minutes, until fragrant and mixture has browned. Cool to room temperature.
In food processor fitted with metal blade, blend black beans until smooth. Add cooled mushroom mixture to beans and pulse to incorporate. Add mayonnaise, water, tamari, vinegar, and flaxseed, and alternate between pulsing and blending, stopping to scrape down sides and bottom of food processor a couple of times, until mixture can be pressed between your palms and sticks together like raw ground meat. If mixture is too crumbly, add up to 2 Tbsp (30 mL) additional water, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) at a time until it sticks together easily.
Line clean, large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop out burgers into approximately 1/2 cup (125 mL) portions. Form into burger patties about 1/2 in (1.25 cm) thick. Chill, uncovered, in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). After 30 minutes of chilling, transfer burgers to oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until warmed through. Do not overbake, as they’re delicate and will crumble if left in the oven too long. Carefully slide burgers onto buns along with your favourite burger toppings and condiments, or enjoy a patty on top of a big green salad.
This recipe is part of the Happy(-ish) Meals collection.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.
Coffee-flavoured BBQ sauce? Why not? It’s a strikingly flavourful combo—sweet, tangy, bold, and rich. It can be used not only on pork but on a variety of other meats. We marinated tenderloin in it and doubled up on the smoky flavour by grilling it on a cedar plank. Serve with a side order of grilled broccolini for extra yum. Best beer? You can’t go wrong with an IPA or a honey lager to complement this flavourful dish. Looking for an easy way to grill broccolini? Toss with a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Near the end of grilling, place broccolini beside plank with tenderloin on hot grill for about 6 or 7 minutes. Using tongs, turn a few times until tender and lightly charred. Place on platter with sliced pork and drizzle with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan.
If there’s a vegan or vegetarian in the crowd, then this dish will be sure to please. Chock full of complementary textures and flavours, it not only qualifies as eye candy, but is also a substantial stand-alone meal—a stunning meal in a dish! Best beer? Serve this salad with an IPA or pale ale. For a more adventurous sip, it’s equally delicious with a Belgian pale or dark ale. Endlessly customizable When it comes to this powerhouse salad, the sky’s the limit. Swap out apples with orange wedges, or mix up your greens by substituting spinach for endive. Bump up the protein with some canned chickpeas or black beans, if you wish. Or cut up some corn tortillas into bite-sized strips, fry in pan until crisp, then toss over salad for added crunch.
Early summer potatoes, cooked and grilled, are just the ticket for this fabulous salad. Coupled with lentils, they’re a delicious add-on to any meal plan. This recipe offers an added bonus: it can be made in stages, so you’re not cooking all afternoon. Best beer? You can’t go wrong serving this dreamy salad with a simple and uncomplicated pale ale. Variety is the spice of potato-salad life Potato salad lends itself to any number of variations, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. Try swapping out microgreens for baby spinach leaves. Another interesting slant: crisp up (optional) prosciutto on the grill before breaking into bite-sized pieces and scattering over the salad.