One of the first recipes I spotted on Vegan Mofo that took my fancy was the Quinoa and Sun-dried Tomato Burgers on Miranda Writes. I've never made burgers with quinoa before but have meant to. I love sun-dried tomato. The minimal amount of flour made them easy to de-glutenise when K and Toby came for dinner. They went down a treat with some asparagus sauce and salads.
Fortunately the burgers and sauce were fairly straightforward to put together, if not as quick as I would like. Mymain energies were saved for the cheeze for the pumpkin cranberry walnut and goats cheeze salad. The asparagus sauce was based on one I have made a few times before with yoghurt. It was incredibly easy to veganise. I also tossed some tomato, cucumber and avocado with lemon juice.
We had a lovely time with K and Toby. They brought along amazing raw cacao fudge cake pops for dessert. As they left, Sylvia warned them that it was "really dark" outside. I suspect it was just a ploy to stop them leaving because then next day she was making a house for them on the verandah!
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe
This time last year: Pea pate - sandwiches
This time two years ago: Snags, coleslaw and Julie/Julia
This time three years ago: My Personal Vegetarian 100 List
Quinoa and Sun-dried Tomato Burgers
Adapted from Miranda Writes
Makes 8 small burgers
1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (mine had been in oil)
1 cup lightly packed chopped baby silverbeet (microwaved 30 minutes and wrung out of all water)
1 handful parsley, finely chopped
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp linseed meal (flax meal)
2 tbsp millet flour
1 tbsp besan (chickpea flour)
1 tbsp arrowroot
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp seeded mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder (I used 1 tsp onion granules)
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste (I didn't use any)
oil spray, for cooking
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend well. The recipe said to blend it until smooth. Mine was mostly paste but still had some chunks of sundried tomato and some texture from the quinoa.
Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. I left mine overnight. Form into 8 small burgers (or 4 larger burgers). Have some water on hand to keep your hands damp so that mixture doesn't stick to them too much.
Lay out burgers under the grill (broiler) and spray with oil. Grill until crisp and browned. I didn't time but you need to leave them for 5-10 minutes, checking every now and again. Turn over carefully (they will be very soft underneath) and spray uncooked side with oil. Grill until this side is crisp and browned. This side will take less time.
The burgers are great with asparagus sauce and salad or Miranda suggests garlic aioli, lettuce and tomatos in a bun.
inspired by this recipe
2 bunches of asparagus, chopped - about 2 cups
70g silken tofu
1 tbsp white miso
squeeze of lemon juice
Cook asparagus until soft but still green. I cooked mine for about 4 minutes in the microwave with a little water. Blend with remaining ingredients until smooth. Check seasoning. Serve warm.
And now for the Leibster Award!
Jeni and K and Toby.
“Liebster” is German and means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean ‘favorite’. The idea behind this award is to bring attention to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and show your support during Vegan Mofo!
The rules of winning this award are as follows:
1. Show your thanks to those who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal 5 of your top picks and let them know by commenting on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Enjoy the love and support of some wonderful people on the www!
I have chosen some of the great new bloggers I have discovered during Vegan Mofo. There are so many that I have tried to pick ones that haven't already been given the award.
Kitchen Operas - gorgeous photos and fascinating foodie ideas
Liz Lemon Nights - interesting reflections and delicious food
The Crabby Crafter - attitude and adventure in the kitchen
Scissors and Spice - glorious colours and fantastic flavours
Corrina Darling - creative baking and great advice
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Vegan Month of Food October 2011. Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more Vegan MoFo posts.