Hi Eat on the Runners! Long time, no write 🙁
I know, it makes me sad too. Sometimes when life happens, blogging slows – which is a good thing! But I’ve missed my creative outlet and interacting with you all on a regular basis. That is why I am back and ready to roll! Let’s get this meatless party started (…said no one ever…crickets…)
I kid, I kid. But seriously, I am a long time carnivore who loves beef. Yes, I try to always buy organic grass fed or use the beef from a local farm back home, but it is seriously something in my diet I have a hard time going without.
But when given the task to help with a vegetarian cooking demo for a client at work, I jumped on the chance to have more hands on experience with cooking demos and public speaking. Introverts need a lot of work to survive in front of a crowd.
So task was given: find veggie burger recipe and make it for 20 people.
uh….I’ve only ever bought veggie burgers. Morningstar. Boca. Dr. Praegers. Amy’s. Make a veggie burger? Well I guess I make my own beef burger, so why not these?
Thank goodness for Maria (at Bean a Foodie and one of my very good friends) as she has hands on experience making a variety of meatless meals. She had a recipe for Mexican Style Black Bean burgers and all the ingredients sounded delicious. But, in typical Melissa fashion, I didn’t follow the recipe to a T. I added some shredded carrots (1/4 cup) and 2 ears of corn (about 1/3 cup of corn). I love color!
Well they were a hit! Adding the smoked paprika gave them the taste of a real meat burger and the texture was spot on. Not sure I’ll be buying anymore pre-made burgers since these were a cinch to make and cheap too.
The recipe is here: Mexican Black Bean Burgers by Bean a Foodie
Here a few others I’d like to make sometime soon!
Thai Veggie Burgers from Oh My Veggies
Quinoa Chickpea Burgers by Pure Ella
Lentil Chickpea Burgers with Avocado Green Harissa by Cookie and Kate
Perfect Veggie Burger by Oh She Glows
Do you have any favorites that you make?
So how did the cooking demo turn out? GREAT! They loved the veggie burgers and I cooked up a few onsite to show them how simple and easy the process really was.
I handed out small bites topped with Wholly Guacamole (small obsession with them!)
Mary, one of the other RDs at WCS, made a delicious quinoa salad to share with the group.
Quinoa is a great protein source for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. In this mix: quinoa, edamame, kale, red onion, cherry tomatoes, avocado, mango, pumpkin seeds, and a lemon vinaigrette. It was so good I think I would eat it as a meal all by itself.
Speaking of other great things! Next month, I’ll be hosting a 30 day abs challenge! Including recipes, eating plans, workouts, and exercises to get you closer to your 6 pack – despite THANKSGIVING!
Join me next week with the first installation! Heather (Dietitian on the Run) will be in on the action as well, offering her insight as a vegetarian and kick a$$ marathoner 😉
Have a great day everyone!