Vegan Burgers \\ Burgers Végan!

I seriously don’t know why I haven’t tried to make my own burgers before! This is super easy and extra flavourful. When we moved, I rediscovered my marmite jar which I hadn’t used for a while and thought it might add some savoury notes. Well, it worked! The mushrooms make the burgers juicy and a bit chewy. Overall, we loved these and I’ll definitively make more of these!

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 pieces of toasted bread
  • 4 king oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tsp marmite (if you don’t have this, you can use soy sauce)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can of black-eyed peas (about 3 cups), rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbs applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt, chili flakes, and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Toast your bread on both sides and let it sit while you prepare the mushrooms.
  2. Cut the mushrooms in small cubes. Place them in a large pan with some of the water (about 1/8 cup or 2 tbs), garlic and marmite. Stir around until the marmite is dissolved and let cook on medium heat until all the water has evaporated. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Break the bread into pieces and use your food processor to transform it in fine crumbs. Set aside.
  4. In your large mixing bowl, add the black eyed peas, nutritional yeast, applesauce, paprika powder and some salt, chili flakes and pepper to your taste. Mix well.
  5. Take half of the mixture and process it in your food processor with the rest of the water (about 2 tbs) until it is smooth. Place back into the mixing bowl and add the flax seeds and bread crumbs. Mix until you have a nice dough like consistency. You should be able to form patties that will hold.
  6. Cook in a sauce pan with a little bit of oil on medium heat. Cover for 5 minutes, switch over and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve on your favourite bread! Enjoy!

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These are glorious! They are even better with some spicy toppings. I served them with a spicy cilantro sauce (process some cilantro with some chili flakes and balsamic vinegar), tomatoes, hummus, and mustard. They were amazing! Mixing only half of the mixture really keeps some texture and chewiness and makes the burgers fun to eat. I guess you could process everything if you prefer a smoother burger. My boyfriend had seconds, but I was full after one. I wonder how they would do on a BBQ. I’ll have to try that next! Let me know if you make these!

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Il est encore temps de faire des burgers à manger dehors! Pour ces délicieux burgers végan, vous aurez besoin de:

  • 2 tranches de pain
  • 4 champignons “pleurote géante”
  • 1 c.à c. de marmite (ou de sauce soja)
  • 1-2 gousse d’ail, émincé
  • 1 conserve de haricots à oeil noir, rincés et égoutés
  • 2 c. à soupe de graines de lin en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de levure alimentaire
  • 1 c. à soupe de compote de pomme
  • 1/2 c. à café de poudre de paprika
  • 1/4 tasse d’eau
  • sel, flocons de piment et poivre au goût
  1. Faire griller le pain des deux côtés et laisser durcir pendant que vous préparez les champignons.
  2. Couper les champignons en petits cubes. Les faire revenir dans une grande poêle avec un peu d’eau (1/8 tasse ou 2 c. à soupe), l’ail et la sauce marmite. Bien mélanger jusqu’à ce que la sauce marmite soit dissoute. Laisser cuire à feu moyen jusqu’à ce que toute l’eau soit évaporées. Placer dans un grand bol.
  3. Couper les tranches de pains grossièrement et pulvériser dans un robot culinaire jusqu’à l’obtention d’une chapelure fine. Réserver.
  4. Dans votre grand bol, ajouter les haricots, la levure alimentaire, la compote de pomme, le paprika et assaisonner avec le sel, flocons de chili et poivre. Bien mélanger.
  5. Prendre la moitié de la mixture et la passer au robot culinaire avec un peu d’eau (1/8 tasse ou 2 c. à soupe) jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pate homogène. Retourner au bol à mélanger et ajouter les graines de lin et la chapelure. Bien mélanger jusqu’à ce que le tout soit uniforme. Vous devriez être capable de former vos boulettes.
  6. Faire cuire sur une poêle avec un peu d’huile à feu moyen avec un couvercle pour 5 minutes. Retourner et laisser cuire encore 5 minutes. Servir sur votre pain préféré et régalez-vous!

C’est burgers sont vraiment savoureux et si simple à préparer! Ils sont encore meilleurs avec une sauce épicée. Miam! J’espère qu’ils vous plairont autant qu’à nous!

Simple Mushroom Risotto

This is the perfect recipe for a busy night because it takes minutes to prepare, and you’ll have enough for some lunch. It is also filled with amazing flavours and textures. Plus basmati rice is so fluffy and makes everything better! I don’t know if basmati rice qualifies as risotto rice, but this is still extra yummy.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of chopped cilantro, divided in two
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch of red chili pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large sauce pan (make sure it is deep enough), heat the oil on medium-high heat and stir in the mushrooms. Cook until they lost all their water and are starting to get a nice golden color.
  2. Add the rice and  mix over. Add the water, the nuts, the spices and half the cilantro. Keep on medium-high heat until boiling. After 5 minutes, turn down the heat to medium-low, a let simmer until all the water is absorbed by the rice. Taste and add salt and pepper.
  3. Mix in the other half of the cilantro just before serving.

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This is delicious! The spices and mushroom are a great combination, and the basmati rice is soft and light. It makes for a great side dish, but can really make a great meal on its own. Give it a try next time you are looking for a one-pan supper, and let me know how you like it!

Avocado toasts really are the best!

I know, I know, I have yet again caught the bandwagon late. However, now that I’m on it, let me just tell you that it is amazing!  Avocado toast is so easy, tasty and filling! Plus you can pretty much make it your own with whatever ingredient you have or according to your liking.

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Here are a few of my favourite combinations:

  • Himalayan salt and cracked pepper
  • Capers, shredded carrots and cilantro
  • Cherry tomatoes, hot pepper flakes
  • Cucumber slices and fennel seeds
  • Walnuts, sea salt and honey/maple syrup

I often mix and match a few of these ingredients depending on what’s available, but really any of these combinations make my stomach happy. There is something so satisfying about avocado toasts.

Let me know what your favourite combination or topping is!