Thursday, May 27, 2010

National Vegetarian Week! ~Day 4~

In honor of National Vegetarian Week. I've decided to post a weeks of my favorite vegetarian recipes that I make on a regular basis. I started with my Tortilla Roll-ups and  moved on to Hotwing Potato Wedges, sauntered over to some delicious pizza, and now I give you SALSA BEAN BURGERS!

Here is my Vegetarian Weeks Recipe List: (including links to past recipes!)

Monday:  Tortilla Roll-ups (- I've posted these before but they've always been a hit so I'm posting them again. If you plan on going online and googling Tortilla Roll-ups you won't find this recipe. I made this up one [very] drunken night years ago - it was an accident and a delicious one at that.)

TuesdayHotwing Potato Wedges (created for tailgating and because I feel I miss out on the finger licking fun of hotwings. This is a good alternative and it's delicious TA-boot)

WednesdayVegetarian/Vegan Pizza (people see the word "Vegan" and cringe at the idea of eating cardboard slathered in wallpaper paste. Don't be that guy... don't be that guy...)

ThursdaySalsa Bean Burgers with extra salsa sauce (I made this the other day and my husband loved it - the patties are big and filling, plus there was left overs so I had them for lunch for 2 days.)

FridaySalsa Avocado Dip (pretty much sums that up)

SaturdayBBQ Tofu with jasmine rice (once again - not brain surgery)

SundayThanksgiving Day Sheperd's Pie (There is nothing I love more than thanksgiving dinner. I make it at least 4+ times a year in different guises. This is one of my favs because I love shepard's pie and I love potpies and I love eating hearty meals. I apologize that its in the 80s this week.)

Salsa Bean Burgers with Extra Salsa Sauce

You will need:

1 - 16oz can of Black Beans (or you can buy dried and make the equivalent. This is what I do.)
1 jar of salsa of your choice
1/2 Cup flour
2 slices of bread (that will be put in the food processor and crumbled to bits)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder (if you want to skip the garlic and onion you can use adobo all purpose seasoning - yum!)
salt & pepper

Oil for cooking

For the Extra Salsa Sauce:

1/2 jar of Salsa of your choice
1/2 C of Vegenaise (if you eat dairy you can sub sour cream. I'm not a fan of fake sour cream, but if you are... have at it!)

split the beans 3/4 & 1/4. Put the 1/4 portion of beans in a bowl and gently smash them with a fork, for the other part put them in a food processor (or blender) and puree until smooth. (add a little water if it become to insanely thick, but don't make it too thin because the salsa will water it down a bunch.) 

Fold together all the beans and add Salsa, fresh bread crumbs, garlic & onion powders (or adobo seasoning), salt and pepper. Mix it all nice and good! Now slowly add the flour a tablespoon at a time. You want the mixture to get to a point where it's manageable. You want to make patties with this, so too much flour and it will be a brick. Too little and it will fall apart on the grill. 

Mold into patties - cook! Top with what ever you like on your burger.

For the Extra Salsa Topping - mix the salsa and Vegenaise together and put on burger!

(this is making me hungry...)

This next section I plan on post all week long too! Plus I'm adding things too keep it fresh!

(Links to what is in the above picture: Earthlings (documentary about animal cruelty put out by Joaquin Phoenix; Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: Awesome cookbook and here is the blogThe China Study: This book talks about nutrition and why we have heart disease and so much else wrong with us; Vegan Freak - book and blog, previously listed below; The Joy of Vegan Baking - direct and to the point!; Veganomicon - a book I want wicked bad!)

Vegetarian/ Vegan Resources:

(Still very important!)
In Ohio we (being the fun state that we are) recently passed an issues known as Issue 2 this past November. In that issues we stripped the rights of these animals that are being factory farmed in our state. Yes, I know some people say "Whatever they're food" but like I said before you should really MIND what you put in your BODY. The conditions these animals are in is deplorable and this actually effects what we eat - what we consume - WHAT IS IN OUR BODIES. 

There is a man named Eddie Garza that relocated to Ohio from Texas to help us get the 600,000 signatures we need to get this put back on the bill. To help us help the animals and in turn help ourselves. They need people to get these signatures! They need YOU! 

Here is his information:
Eddie Garza
Texas Campaign Coordinator
Mercy For Animals
214.609.4066 phone
614.559.6796 fax

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Lend a hand! The more people helping the better chance of something happening. This is important to us and to our children. Just get a hold of him, take a sheet to work - have people sign it. (legibly) 

If you are looking to become Vegan or Vegetarian and just don't know where to begin because its hard. (because it honestly is a hard thing to do - I've fallen off the wagon over the last 20 years, but I keep trying) Here is a link to a ton of resources that you can DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!!! And who doesn't like free?

MORE Reading!!

And finally here are some other sites you just cruise around and check out:

Don't know where to shop? You can go to Whole Foods or Trader Joes - both have lots of veggie friendly foods. Not by some place that has either of these stores? Farmers Markets!!! Too busy for the farmers Markets?

We live in a day and age where we aren't hunters and gathers - we are shoppers and consumers. I understand why the Cherokee went hunting, but we have stores on every corner. There really is no reason for us to be consuming large quantities of meat. (And don't start giving me the "protein" argument. I will never agree with you. I was a vegetarian the entire time I was pregnant and my son was born strong and healthy, to the point it was a topic of conversation in the birthing room.)

It's easy and it's cheap to eat meat, but at what cost? It's effecting everything from global warming to your liver - so give it a go! Try my recipes, look up some other ones! One day a week say TO HELL with animal products! 


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