VEGAN BLACK BEAN CHIPOTLE BURGER

Vegan burgers are an ABSOLUTE staple in my diet, and as a guaranteed weekly menu item. I find that when I go out to a vegan restaurant I can only HOPE that they have an option for house made burgers made from scratch rather than using a processed version. You can just feel the love in bean burgers, and can infuse a wide variety of flavours without adding on the toppings. My favourite combination for bean burgers is spicy, Mexican like flavours including chipotle, chili powder, and a big scoop of avocado with lime.

You’ll absolutely need to use a food processor for these burgers and they will do the entire job for you with no stress. You can use a potato masher if you do not have one, but I would totally recommend pulling out your food processor. Plus you literally don’t have to chop a single thing if you do use one!

THE PROCESS

In the first step you will have to drain and rinse your can of black beans. I recommend doing this first so that the beans can dry as much as possible before blending them with the other ingredients. After, prepare your chia egg with 1 tbsp of chia seeds and 3 tbsp of water. Let it sit for about 5 mins until it comes together in a nice eggy like blob (I think thats a great description). Once you do that, quarter your onion and peppers and put them in the food processor. Next you’ll need to pull out your chipotle peppers. This is absolutely crucial in introducing that extra spice and flavour. I get a canned version of chipotle peppers at my local whole foods, that is marinated with adobo sauce and onions. The adobo sauce is to die for, but if you cant find these chipotle flavours feel free to use a dried version and add adobo sauce separately.

I will say that if you are not a fan of the spicy or chipotle flavours, you can omit these flavours and use the onions, peppers, beans, oats, and chia as a base for your very own black bean burger.

Firstly process the onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and chipotle peppers on their own. Just pulse a couple of times to chop everything up and to make sure there are no large pieces of onion or peppers. If you process to long the mixture might become too watery, which means you will have to add a little extra oats to soak up that moisture. Add the beans, oats, and chia egg to the processor along side your salt, pepper, chili powder, granulated garlic, paprika, and red chili flakes. Set on low and let the processor do its thing, stopping if you need to scrape down the sides. The mixture will come together nicely and look almost like refried beans.

Form into patties (depending on your sizes, I can get four normal sized patties) and bake in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes, flipping half way. Now onto toppings! Since this is a spicy burger I highly recommend your usuals – lettuce, tomato, onions. But if you want to elevate your game then add guac, barbeque chips, pickled red onions, and mayo. I hope you enjoy!

BLACK BEAN BURGER

Easy vegan black bean burger
Keyword blackbeanburger, veganburger
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, quartered
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 1 chia egg
  • 1 12oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1 tsp each of chili powder, paprika, garlic powder

Instructions

  • Prepare chia egg (mix 1 tbsp of chia with 3 tbsp of water)
  • In a food processor, pulse onions, bell pepper, chipotle pepper and cilantro until they are broken down into smaller chunks.
  • Add in black beans, oats, chia egg, spices and a pinch of salt. Let run on low for a couple of minutes until well blended. You may need to scrape down the sides.
  • Form into four patties on a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Let chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 400 and bake for 20 minutes flipping half way.

HOMEMADE NO SOY TOFU

Yes you read the title right…NO SOY TOFU! Unfortunately for me, I use real tofu very sparingly because it does NOT cooperate with me. Stomach aches, digestive issues, and general queasiness is usually what follows after I eat tofu no matter how I cook it. I came across this AMAZING idea to make my own tofu using one simple ingredient…CHICKPEA FLOUR!

Making this mock tofu is VERY simple and requires only a few steps. First you will whisk together 1 cup of chickpea flour and 2 cups of water, with a pinch of salt. You can also add other seasonings like oregano, paprika, turmeric, but usually I prefer to season before cooking the tofu in later dishes. In a small saucepan on medium heat, continue whisking until it turns into a thick batter, almost like a thick mashed potato batter. You know its ready when it becomes increasingly difficult to whisk because it is so thick! When you reach that point, pour the mixture into a pyrex baking dish and stick the tofu in the fridge to set. Let chill for about two hours, and when its ready you can cut it up into little bite sized pieces for later use.

I love making this on a Sunday and having it ready for me whenever I am in a pinch for lunch or looking for a quick little snack. They hold up pretty well in the fridge (about 5 days) and absorb a ton of flavour as well. My favourite way of eating these is coating them in oil, spices like paprika or oregano, and panko bread crumbs! I love using an air fryer to crisp them up at 400 for about 15-20 minutes. This also makes a great alternative to chicken nuggets or tofu nuggets that the little ones enjoy!

EASY NO SOY TOFU (CHICKPEA FLOUR)

Alternative to tofu made entirely from chickpea flour
Course Side Dish
Keyword tofu

Ingredients

  • 1 c chickpea flour
  • 2 c water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In a small sauce pan, add all ingredients and whisk together well until there are no clumps. Turn heat to medium low and continue stirring
  • The mixture will begin to thicken into a thick batter, like mashed potatoes
  • Spread the mixture onto a pyrex baking dish (I use a medium sized 11 x 7). Refrigerate for at least two hours until the mixture hardens
  • Slice into small cubes and it is ready to go. My favourite way to cook these are in a coating of panko and into the air fryer!


WHOLE GRAIN SPELT FLOUR WAFFLES

I learned this recipe from a friend, who makes these waffles often for either a sweet or savoury dish. Whatever you decide, this easy recipe will be sure to fill your waffle cravings!

My favourite waffle toppings for that sweet morning craving are:

  • Nut butters (especially gooey and oily crunchy nut butter)
  • Fruits; bananas and berries work especially well
  • Sweeteners; I consider this a staple in a classic sweet breakfast option, either maple syurp or agave
  • If you’re feeling extra frisky, add some coconut whipped cream, non-dairy yogurt and chopped nuts

On the other hand, my favourite savory options include:

  • Pizza waffle: tomato sauce, non-dairy cheese, fresh basil
  • Nacho waffle: cashew queso, black beans, salsa, corn, cilantro, even avocado
  • Pesto Mushroom: cashew cheese, grilled mushrooms, pesto sauce

By having an easy base recipe, it leaves extra room for thinking of the best toppings

Whole Grain Spelt Flour Waffles

Only 3 ingredient whole grain waffles!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword breakfast, dessert, speltflour, vegan, veganrecipes, waffles, wholegrain

Equipment

  • Waffle maker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat waffle maker
  • 2. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix slowly and carefully – the bubbles in the sparkling water will help create a softer, fluffier texture
  • 3. Pour mixture in waffle maker and cook as usual.

Notes

This recipe can work with regular or other types of flour, but I used spelt flour for whole grain properties. Spelt flour is also alkaline friendly. Feel free to use other whole grain or non whole grain flours. 


PLANT BASED VEGGIE AND SAUSAGE SPAGHETTI

Looking for another way to use plant based sausage, extra veggies in your fridge, or even eggplants? Especially with the latter, I get so overwhelmed with the size and wanting to use it up as quickly as possible. What I love about this recipe is it takes less than 30 minutes and it’s a great way to up your veggie intake in an inconspicuous way.

Plant Based Sausage and Veggie Spaghetti

Less than 30 minute easy, protein and veggie filled spaghetti
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pack brown rice spaghetti, or any you prefer
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 plant based sausages (I used beyond meat)
  • 1/2 eggplant, diced
  • 1 green, yellow or red pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash chopped
  • 1 jar favourite marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil or any cooking oil to a medium saut√© pan. First cook plant based sausages according to package instructions. Remove from heat, chop into smaller bite sized pieces and set aside.
  • Add additional cooking oil to pan. Add onions, eggplants, zucchini and peppers. Let cook until soft. Feel free to add additional spices, but the marinara sauce will do just that.
  • In the meantime, cook pasta according to package instructions. Make sure to salt the water
  • While pasta is cooking, add marinara sauce and extra salt to pan with veggies. Add in the plant based sausage. Add some water in the jar (about a cup) and pour in the pan to thin out the sauce. Let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • When the pasta is finished, drain and rinse. Add into pan with marinara sauce. Turn of heat and mix pasta in well. Serve while hot

CHICKPEA “CHICKEN” SALAD

Looking for a quick make ahead lunch option? Chickpea “chicken” salad is a staple in my house; I make a batch of this on Sunday, put it in an air-tight container and stick it in the fridge. It lasts about a week and is a perfect to-go lunch or lunchbox option.

  • 12 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 3 large dill pickles, diced
  • 1 sprig of green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp of fresh dill, chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp of dill pickle juice
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  1. Mash chickpeas with a potato masher, leaving some chunks of chickpeas for added texture.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients with the chickpeas with a fork. Make sure to taste – add more salt or dill pickle juice for tanginess. Best served on toasted bread or bagels!