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Burgers & Beer: The Buddha Burger

Delicious blend of Middle Eastern flavors atop a roasted cabbage foundation.

A Masterpiece Almost Too Beautiful To Eat

Veggie burgers are often thought of as discs of fake meat or pressed vegetables designed to resemble a hamburger. If you’ve been following my Burgers & Beer series, that just ain’t so! Most meat eaters are exposed to vegetarian burgers at restaurants that cater to a meat eating crowd. The veggie burger on the menu is an afterthought to satisfy the occasional veg head that arrives with their carnivore pals.

This burger was inspired by a blog I stumbled upon called Vegan Richa.com. Wonderful recipes and photographs. She takes vegetarian food and turns it into 5 star restaurant fare.

I put a few twists on the recipe and eliminated the bread. I love buns but I wanted to appreciate the full flavor of this burger without the distraction.

I served this gorgeous, easy to make burger on top of roasted cabbage. Recipe here. This time I used purple cabbage. You can follow the same recipe but reduce your roasting time by 5 minutes or so unless you like the edges really crispy (I do!).

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Garnished with a roasted cabbage flower topped with a Chipotle Vegenaise

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“Ladles”- Drifter’s Chili

If there was a Chili's Anonymous, I'd be a lifelong member!

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

Given the fact I can’t draw any better than a first grader (if that), the only way I can relate to an artist staring at a bare canvas is when I stare into my pantry ready to create a new homemade chili!

I’ve been accused of having tunnel vision when I run, well… if they only could see me in the kitchen building my chili! Like a witch over her cauldron, I won’t let anybody near, let alone taste, my special potion until it has simmered and the flavors have matured over a low flame.

(My resume includes First Place Winner of the best chili of Boy Scout Troop 222! How many years ago?…..not sayin’):)

Drifter’s Chili

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Stuffed Poblanos with Lacinato Kale Jamboree

Can you handle gourmet on a weeknight? I bet you can!
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All stuffed and ready to go (in your mouth!)

The kale of champions!

The kale of champions!

Maybe my definition of “gourmet” is loose as a goose BUT when I prepare a healthy meal that’s better tasting than most of the restaurants we frequent, I can’t help but reinforce my own effort. An effort that took me about…….15 loooooong minutes:)! As usual, no fancy recipes. Check this one out! Read more

Burgers & Beer: Crunchy Pita Burger

Experiment with bun-less burgers so the patty is the stand out.

This Crunchy Veggie Burger’s Gone Nuts!

Many veggie burger recipes require a considerable amount of prep time and this one is no exception. The only difference is this one’s worth it! The patties are more beautiful than the average and full of flavor and crunch.

This garden burger recipe was originally created by Beverly Lynn Bennett, vegan chef, and contributor to VegNews magazine. There’s plenty of room for tweaking this recipe but I stayed true to the original so I could offer an honest review.

I recommend serving this burger in a pita pocket. It reminded me of a falafel sandwich due to the amazing crunch. These patties would be great crumbled and served over rice or beans.

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Burgers & Beer: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

Mashed sweet potatoes add creamy texture and help bind ingredients together.

High Protein and Fiber Make this Burger a Stand Out

Vegan foodies love to be creative. One of my favorite vegan food blogs is The Edible Perspective. Author and photographer, Ashley McLaughlin, inspires through her creativity and photography. I’m mesmerized by her food photos that feed my eyes before her food nourishes my body.

Food blogs entertain our senses. I might print out a recipe to try like this one Ashley calls Sweet Tater Black Bean Burger. Most of the time I enjoy browsing. Food blogs inspire me to experiment in my own kitchen.

In my search for great veggie burgers, this one definitely caught my eye.  I’m always looking for high protein versions of common staples like burgers. More proof that meat-free doesn’t require a sacrifice in protein.

Grill a sweet potato and black bean burger, grab a Leffe beer, pull up a chair, and enjoy watching the leaves fall off the trees. Autumn doesn’t get any better.

This key ingredient is rich in complex carbs, fiber and beta carotene.

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