Friday, February 26, 2010

Busy Bee!

Last night I was the most productive I think I have ever been in my entire life! I left work and went straight to Whole Foods for groceries. I was in dire need of produce and anything other than pasta or couscous. When I got home, I saw that the new bag I ordered from Matt & Nat was here! Yay! Isn't she a beauty? I personally think this is the perfect birthday present.

Then I made two different recipes. The first was the Chewy Chocolate-Raspberry Cookies from Veganomicon (on page 234). They were super easy and pretty delicious, if I do say so myself. I am betting that some amazing Turtle Mountain So Delicious Purely Decadent dairy free or coconut milk ice cream, which has been my favorite dessert by itself since I had my gall bladder out, in between two of these bad boys would be the ultimate dessert.

The second recipe was a veggie burger recipe (with not a lot of emphasis on the burger aspect--they are much more like patties of yummy-ness). There is a cafe near my Mom's house in New Jersey that makes these sweet potato black bean burgers and I was on a hunt to find a way to replicate them. Then I stumbled upon this recipe from Cupcake Punk:

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

2 tablespoons oil
2 onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, grated finely
2 cups black beans, cooked
2 baked sweet potatoes, scooped out of skin
2 cups red quinoa, cooked
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon adobo sauce

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and lower heat. Cook until lightly browned, several minutes. Add carrots and beans and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat. Mash slightly in pan, until beans are half crushed.

Place skillet mixture in large bowl with remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. If mixture is too moist, add more breadcrumbs. Form into 15-20 patties. Cook what you need on a George Forman Grill, in a skillet with a little oil, or in the oven at 350 degrees. Wrap the rest in saran wrap and freeze until needed!

So with a whole lot of mess and a whole lot of dirty pans, I now have dinner for the next 20 nights or so! I haven't tried them yet but the whole house smelled delicious when I was making them. I didn't take a picture for you all because they aren't the prettiest things out there but just look at that ingredient list! They are bound to be good!

After that I cleaned my whole apartment in anticipation of Jesse's arrival today and did some reading for my last grad class. If only I could be this productive every night.....

Have a great weekend!


shelly said...

i am so making those burgers tomorrow night! my mouth is watering...and thanks for turning me onto Cupcake Punk :) have a great weekend!

Carolyn said...

Yummy... you know, looking at those ingredients, I think I may need to add some jalapeno in the mix! I just love the spice :)

Melita said...

she is a beauty!! love the bag! enjoy your weekend. hugs!!