I would love to try some of these ideas! I never know where to start when attempting meatless meals...other than salads or rice&beans. LOL. I just want to make things for which I have to buy a bunch of special ingredients that I won't use very often.
I've been experimenting making my own homemade falafel mix with dry chickpeas that I process into a fine powder in the blender and then mix with dried onions, chives, parsley, cumin and garlic - it sticks together very well. I also used with chickpea flour to thicken a sauce - worked great. So you might want to use this as a binder.
The last time I made veggie "hot dogs" I used liquid smoke and canned mushroom blended together as my binder added to some ground up whole rice - very sticky wonderful! There was more in there carrots, onions, tons of spices.
And don't forget the power of oatmeal to be sticky as a binder.
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Last night the family had hamburgers for dinner so I decided to try my hand at making my own. I had a can of chick peas and have looked at many chick pea burger recipes, so I decided to just make my own with whatever I had in the house. Here we go...
I can chick peas ( drained and rinsed ) 1/2 a large onion 1/2 bell pepper 1 stalk of celery 1 carrot 2 cloves of garlic 1/2 cup of bread crumbs 1/4 medium zucchini red pepper cumin black pepper chili powder 3 tbs of olive oil
I chopped the onion, garlic, bell pepper and put them in the skillet with the oil to sauté. I put the rinsed chick peas in a large bowl and mashed with a potato masher. This would be much easier with a food processor they are tough buggers. I finely chopped the carrot, celery, zucchini, and add them and all remaining ingredients to the bowl. Add the sautéed vegetables to the bowl, mix and season to taste. At this point you can form the patties and put them on a cookie sheet for baking, but since I had a hot skillet I decided to just brown them on both sides. I formed them into 4 balls and pressed flat on the skillet with a spatula. I browned on both sides and put on a bun with a little ketchup, lettuce and baby spinach and slices of radish.
This recipe did not work as a burger! It was very tasty but fell apart as I tried to eat it. I will eat my other patties with a fork. I will call my next one a fritter and claim it a success or I can call it a potato-less latka, but it is definitely Not The Burger. I think the problem was not enough liquid. Next time I use chick peas I will add flour and some kind of liquid to make the mixer more gooey.
I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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