Baked Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Let me just start off by saying that these Baked Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers are my new favourite veggie burgers! I’ve been trying a lot of different recipes lately for vegan burgers, as I really like having some in the freezer for quick meals, and I’m trying not to buy any processed ones full of junk (even though they taste really good). These are absolutely the best ones so far. My sister Jem and her fiancé (both omnivores) have also just finished a batch! We all love that these burgers aren’t trying to taste like meat, they just have a really awesome flavour of their own.

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On a whole wheat bun with roasted garlic hummus, romaine lettuce, and Sriracha.

They are also very simple to make. You basically just mix everything in a bowl, make patties, and bake them. No pre-cooking of individual ingredients or food processor required.

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On a whole wheat wrap with melted Daiya Jalapeno Garlic Wedge, red pepper hummus, green leaf lettuce, and cucumber.

I should also mention that this recipe is based on The Post Punk Kitchen’s recipe for Double Batch Chickpea Cutlets, which are really great as is. A version of the Chickpea Cutlets also appears in Veganomicon.

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Cut up in a salad, with romaine lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, black pepper, and balsamic vinaigrette.

And now, if those photos made you hungry for some Baked Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers (they sure did for me), here’s the recipe. Go make some burgers!

Baked Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers (Yields 8 Large Patties)
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
¼ cup hot water
1 16oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup ground flax seeds
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp paprika
¼ cup black olives, roughly chopped
1 cup vital wheat gluten
1 cup water or vegetable broth
¼ cup soy sauce

Notes:
– I buy sun-dried tomatoes in a dry package. Obviously if you have oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes you won’t need to rehydrate them
– Instead of mashing the chickpeas and olive oil in a bowl, you can choose to pulse them in a food processor. I prefer not to dirty the food processor just for this. Just don’t process them for too long, otherwise you’ll end up with hummus.

– For some extra flavour, you can include the water you soaked the tomatoes in, in the 1 cup of water or vegetable broth.
– If you’re not sure what the ‘strings of gluten’ should look like, this photo should help. 

Place the chopped up sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl with the hot water and set aside for at least 10 minutes before using them.
Place the chickpeas and olive oil in a large bowl and mash with a fork or masher just until there are no whole chickpeas left.
Add all of the other ingredients into the bowl with the mashed chickpeas, including the now rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes. Knead everything together for about 3 minutes, or until strings of gluten appear.
Separate the dough into 4 equal(ish) pieces, then divide each piece into 2. You should now have 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a patty. This can easily be done by rolling it into a ball, then flattening and shaping it into a disc between your hands. They should be roughly half an inch thick.
Place the patties on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, flip, and bake for another 8-10 minutes.
Enjoy!

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Enjoy these Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers right away, or let cool and freeze them for later. I usually make veggie burgers specifically for the freezer, because they are awesome for making quick filling meals. The patties can be reheated any way you choose: in a microwave, in a pan, or on the barbecue.

I’ve shared this post with Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 67, Healthy Vegan Friday #43, and Wellness Weekends.

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Frozen Greens Cubes

Love green smoothies or interested in trying them? You need to try these Frozen Greens Cubes!

I recently came across these Frozen Kale Cubes and knew that I had to make something similar. I love putting greens in my smoothies! It’s an easy way to get your greens, and especially when using flavoured protein powders (I like Vega One and Vega Energizing Smoothie) you really can’t taste it at all. However, I find that without the use of a high-powered blender, a lot of the time the greens just don’t get pureed enough. These Frozen Greens Cubes solve that problem beautifully. The spinach and kale are already pureed, so I end up with a much smoother smoothie. I’ve been enjoying my green smoothies a lot more since I made these cubes, and I will be continuing to make them.

Once you make a batch your smoothies will also be faster and easier to make. No more washing green stuff before every smoothie! And you’ll have greens for your smoothies, even when your fridge is looking scarily devoid of green!

Frozen Greens Cubes (Yields 3 1/2 cups Puree)
1 large bunch kale, washed and thick stems removed
1 142g/5oz pack organic baby spinach
1-1 1/2 cups water

Just fill your blender about three-quarters full with the spinach and/or kale and add 1 cup of water. Puree until there is room to add more greens to the blender. If you don’t have a really high-powered blender you will need to stop a few times to push the contents of the blender back down towards the blade. Keep doing this until all the greens are blended smooth. The greens will release liquid and become easier to blend the more they are blended. Add the remaining 1/2 cup water if needed (this will probably depend on your blender).

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Now marvel at the gorgeous green. Pour the greens puree into ice-cube trays and place in the freezer. As you can see, my little ice-cube trays were full so I also filled some silicone muffin liners. Once frozen, you can pop out the cubes and store in a sealed bag in the freezer.

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Add these cubes to all your smoothies! I’ve also added them to a soup and a pasta sauce, both with great results. And, obviously these are pretty customizable so feel free to try your favourite combination of greens. I haven’t tried it yet but I think it could be interesting to use coconut water instead of water.

Enjoy!
As always, I’d love to hear about it if you give these a try!

I’ve shared this post with Wellness Weekends (May2-6), Gluten Free Fridays #38, and Healthy Vegan Fridays #41.

Need any smoothie ideas to add your Frozen Greens Cubes to? Check these out.
Smoothies!
Smoothies of 2013: Part One
Or check out the Smoothies/Drinks category on My Recipe Page.

Orange Avocado Scones: MMAZ #28

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MMAZ stands for Meatless Mondays from A-Z. This is a weekly link up hosted by Better With Veggies where everyone links up a recipe featuring the ingredient of the week (it begins with an ingredient starting with the letter A and works through the alphabet).  The first round of MMAZ finished a while ago, and I didn’t end up contributing as much as I’d planned on.

Now, Round 2 has started and I am super excited about the new changes. This time around, each ingredient will be around for 2 weeks. The first week is CREATE week, where we are encouraged to create and share a recipe using the featured ingredient, and the second is COOK week, where you can cook someone else’s recipe using the featured ingredient (maybe one from the Create week) and share your experience. I really think the new Cook week will help a lot more people, including myself to participate more often.

The first ingredient for MMAZ is Avocado. Sadly, I missed the Create link up and just missed the Cook link up, but I did try one of the recipes submitted and wanted to share it with you anyway. Hopefully I can get myself in gear for next week!

These Blood Orange Avocado Scones from Sprint 2 the Table looked delicious and the thought of baking with avocado (probably the only way I’ve never used it) was very intriguing so I decided to give them a try.

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The only minor changes I made to the recipe, just based on what I had on hand, were to sub brown rice flour for half of the almond meal, and to use a regular orange in place of a blood orange.

This is the first time I’ve made gluten-free scones and I really enjoyed the texture and taste that the chickpea, almond, and brown rice flours give. The avocado really does make them “buttery” without affecting the taste at all and there is just enough orange flavour. I also really love the beautiful yellow colour of these scones. I’m pretty sure I will be making these again!

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I’ve shared this post with Gluten Free Fridays #35.

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Oat Cups

Title, Tropical Oat Cups

 

Last week, I posted my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Oat Cups with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger. These Tropical Pineapple Coconut Oat Cups are the result of trying to figure out what other fruit I wanted to use, instead of pumpkin puree, and then what flavours would go well. (I think applesauce will be next.) Jem mentioned this Pineapple Coconut Bread (which we absolutely love and need to make again soon) and I immediately thought of transferring those lovely tropical flavours to our next batch of baked oat cups.

These oat cups are quick and simple to make, and then you’ll have something delicious, healthy, and super portable on hand for quick breakfasts and snacks.

The pineapple and coconut flavours in these oat cups are not super strong, but the combination is still pretty darn awesome. If you’d like a strong pineapple flavour, then you may want to include some diced pineapple. The shredded coconut also gives these a chewier texture than their pumpkin counterpart.

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Tropical Pineapple Coconut Oat Cups (Yields 24 cups)
5 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground coriander
2 1/2 cups pineapple puree*
5 tbsp agave nectar**
2 cups water
1/4 cup coconut oil
*For the pineapple puree, I pureed in a blender, one 398ml can of pineapple rings, along with the juice from the can. You could also puree fresh pineapple, with some water or pineapple juice if needed. 
**Maple syrup would also work, but I haven’t tried it in this recipe. I think next time I’m going to use coconut sugar (maybe 5 tbsp, plus an extra 1/4 cup of liquid).

Preheat oven to 375°F and line muffin tins. (You will need 24 cups.)
In a large bowl combine the oats and coconut.
In a separate bowl combine the pineapple puree, spices, agave, water, and coconut oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture and stir until well combined. If the mixture looks watery, just let it sit for a few minutes and the oats will soak up some of the liquid.
Divide between lined muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.

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Store oat cups in a sealed container in the fridge. I like these best when warmed up a little, but they are also great cold or at room temperature. These also freeze very well!

Enjoy!

Both of my oat cups recipes are based on Chocolate-Covered Katie’s recipe for Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go.

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This recipe has been linked up with Healthy Vegan Friday #33. You can view everyone else’s submissions here, here, or here.

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Pumpkin Spice Oat Cups with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger

Not tired of pumpkin yet? (Never.)

Got any cans of pumpkin lurking in your cupboards from the holiday season? (Sure do.)

Then you should make these Pumpkin Spice Oat Cups with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger. They are quick and simple to make, and then you’ll have something delicious, healthy, and super portable on hand for quick breakfasts and snacks. You’re welcome!

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These are a spin on Katie’s Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go. I instantly loved the idea of portable baked oatmeal cups, but I can’t stand bananas, so I’ve used pumpkin puree instead, which in turn inspired some other changes. If you do like bananas, you should definitely check out Katie’s recipe at the above link. And if you like pumpkin, my recipe is below

Pumpkin Spice Oat Cups with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger (Yields 24 Cups)
5 cups rolled oats*
1 cup chopped pecans
3 tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger
2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
5 tbsp maple syrup (or agave)*
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
*For a sugar-free version Katie suggested 5 NuNaturals Stevia packets and an extra 1/3 cup water. I haven’t personally tried this option.

Preheat oven to 375°F and line muffin tins. (You will need 24 cups.)
In a large bowl combine the oats and pecans.
In a separate bowl combine the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
Add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture, along with the crystallized ginger and stir until all the oats are coated.
Divide between lined muffin tins and bake for 20-23 minutes.

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These oat cups can be eaten right away, or will store well in the fridge or freezer, ready to be eaten anytime. I’ve enjoyed these cold and at room temperature, but they are best when warmed up. Enjoy!

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These oat cups have a fantastic chewy texture, a slightly sweet pumpkin flavour, with little bits of crunch from the pecans and sweet spiciness from the ginger. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Stay tuned. I’ve also created a tropical twist on these Oat Cups, which I will be sharing with you soon!

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This post has been submitted to Healthy Vegan Friday #32.

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Cranberry Orange Cardamom Muffins

Title, Cranberry Orange Cardamom Muffins

If you haven’t noticed already, I have been going a little crazy for cranberries lately. Cranberries turn up in my muffins and other quick breads quite often. Their sweet-tart flavour makes a great main attraction when paired with a little lemon or nuts, and I love the contrast they give in spiced pumpkin muffins.

But this time I wanted something a little different. Enter, the organic pure orange extract I just bought. Perfect! Cranberry and orange goes great together! But I still wanted something else to contrast the sweet-tart pairing of cranberries and oranges. Normally cinnamon would be the first thing I’d reach for. I find it very difficult to not add cinnamon to every single thing I bake. But then I remembered the little packet of ground cardamom I had hiding in my spice cupboard. Sold!

In need of a fall/winter muffin that is simple without being boring? Maybe a bit special? Try these! Both the orange and cardamom flavours are subtle compared to the bold bursts of sweet-tart cranberries, but they are definitely detectable and the combination is so good!

Cranberry Orange Cardamom Muffins (Yields 12 muffins)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1/3 cup agave or maple syrup
1 tsp pure orange extract
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Notes:
These muffins have subtle orange and cardamom flavours. For bolder flavours, try adding the zest of one orange or doubling the amount of ground cardamom.

Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a muffin tin. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients: flours, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and cardamom. Set aside. In a small bowl mix together the wet ingredients: milk, syrup, orange extract, oil, and applesauce. Measure out the cranberries so they are ready when you are.

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Pour the liquid ingredients into the large bowl containing the dry ingredients. Stir until about half-way combined. Add in the cranberries and gently fold in, until everything is just combined. Divide batter into a 12-cup muffin tin.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

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Nutritional Info (per muffin, using unsweetened soy milk and agave syrup): 230 calories, 7.2 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 249 mg sodium, 36 mg potassium, 39.4 g carbs, 5.3 g fibre, 13.6 g sugars, 4.2 g protein, 1% Vitamin A, 17% Vitamin C, 5% calcium, 7% iron.

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Butternut Squash Black Bean Burritos

I’ve mentioned in a few posts before that I had made a batch of burritos to keep in the freezer for quick meals. While they were pretty good for a first try, they were made before I started this blog, so I didn’t take photos or really write anything down. And, I knew I could make better ones.

Well, as promised, I’ve made another batch of burritos for the freezer and I have the recipe for you this time.

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These are definitely an improvement on my last ones. They have a smoky chipotle heat that pairs great with the sweet creaminess of butternut squash. The combination of black beans and butternut squash was inspired by these Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos, but the recipe is my own.

I know burritos usually have rice in them, but I chose not to include it in these. I’m sure it would taste great, but didn’t feel necessary. And I really didn’t miss it. The combination of butternut squash, black beans, and a whole wheat tortilla feels like more than enough to satisfy any hunger. But, if you’d like to add rice, I’ve included it as an optional ingredient.

Butternut Squash Black Bean Burritos (Yields 7 large burritos with 1/2 cup filling each, or 8 if including rice)
1 cup cooked black beans, canned or from dry
1 cup roasted butternut squash cubes
1/2 cup cooked brown rice (optional)
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced bell peppers
1/2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne powder (to taste)
Large soft tortillas, your choice (I don’t recommend corn, as they are usually very breakable when rolling)
Tinfoil, for freezing

Notes:
– To roast squash, peel and cut into 1 inch cubes, spread on a baking sheet, and bake at 400°F for 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through. You want the squash to be fork-tender, but not overcooked, or it will fall apart in your soup (though it would still taste great). You can also steam the 
squash, but I’ve never done it so I’m not going to tell you how. Also, roasting the squash in cubes results in deliciously caramelized edges (my favourite part).
– For gluten free burritos, choose gluten free rice and tortillas.
– When making burritos, I find it easiest to prepare the filling (or at least cook the beans, squash, and rice) one day and then put them together the next day.
– I designed this recipe to put the whole batch in the freezer for quick meals later on, but you can serve them fresh. Just serve the filling warm, in the tortillas and add your choice of toppings/fillings, such as lettuce, cabbage, avocado, salsa, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream etc. 

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Add the minced garlic and a tablespoon of water to a pot or saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring for one minute, then stir in the carrots, corn, and bell peppers. Let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the carrots and corn are almost cooked. Reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in black beans, butternut squash, spices, and remaining water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until there is no more liquid and the butternut squash is partially broken up. Let filling fully cool before assembling burritos.

Collage, BB Burrito 2When you are ready to assemble burritos for the freezer, first tear 7 or 8 pieces of tinfoil (depending on how many you are making), each one just a bit bigger than the size of your tortilla. For each burrito, lay down a piece of tinfoil down with a corner facing you (so it looks like a diamond from your perspective, not a square) and centre a tortilla on top of it. Scoop 1/2 cup of the filling onto the centre of the tortilla. Fold in the left and right sides of the tortilla, then the side closest to you, and roll it up away from you. Fold the tinfoil over it in the same way. Repeat for each burrito. Place in a large plastic bag and place in freezer. Make sure they are labeled so you don’t forget what they are.

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When you want a burrito you can either reheat it in the microwave or the oven. I like to top my hot burrito with vegan cheese, avocado, or spicy hummus (or a combination of any of these).
Microwave: Remove foil from burrito, wrap in a paper towel and place on a plate. (I’ve been folding up my tinfoil and setting it aside for my next batch!) Microwave on high for  3-5 minutes, removing paper towel and cutting burrito in half, after 2 minutes.
Oven: Place on baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes at 450°F. Remove from foil, place back on baking sheet, and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until crisp.
Microwave + Oven: Remove foil from burrito and place on a plate. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 450°F, until crispy.

Enjoy!

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This post has been submitted to Healthy Vegan Friday #32.

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