Make Your Own Veggie Burgers!

The most I expect you to walk away with is a vague idea of how to make your own veggie burgers. I hardly ever use recipes, and when I do, I don’t follow the directions. That’s why this tutorial is lacking specific measurements, but it still resulted in the best veggie burgers I ever made.

First you start with your basic ingredients: a can of beans, a can of mixed vegetables, and a cup of cooked rice.

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Next, use a food processor to puree the beans:

ImageDrain the can of vegetables and mix into the bean “base.” Here’s where the guesstimating comes in. In order for the patties to hold their shape, I used whole wheat flour to give the mix a thicker consistency. Just add a little at a time until you’re happy with the “stickiness.” This is also where you rummage through your fridge and start finding random leftovers to throw into the mix: I chopped up half an onion and threw in a handful of sprouts!

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Last thing you need to add: condiments! I used a few shakes of paprika and crushed red pepper to give it some kick.

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Scoop dollops of burger mix into your hand and shape into patties. It might get a little messy (sprinkling flour on your hands will reduce the amount that sticks to your hands) but it wasn’t too much of a problem for me. Fry those babies up in some olive oil on low-to-medium heat! Flip them over carefully: they’re fragile until they’re fully cooked.

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When they’re done, put them on whole wheat burger buns, top ’em off with even more veggies, some ketchup & mayo and bon appetit! One can of beans yields about 10 patties, so it’s awesome for parties or if you just don’t want to worry about making food for the next three days. :-)

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Make: Oven Baked Red Potatoes

Happy Valentines Day, makers!

If you’re like me, maybe you are planning to cook your loved one a nice dinner. If you are in need of a side dish, this recipe will complete your meal and add a little red to your plate! I found this recipe last year when I was making my boyfriend a dinner for Valentine’s Day. Cooks.com has an Oven Baked Red Potato Recipe that is to die for! It is amazing and it is so easy to make!

The ingredients are:

-1 tablespoon of butter (melted)

-1 tablespoon of olive oil

-2 cloves of garlic (minced)

-1/4 teaspoon of pepper

-3/4 teaspoon of basil

-3/4 teaspoon of oregano

-3/4 teaspoon of salt

-4 large unpeeled red potatoes

 

1)      Preheat the oven to 425.

2)      Mix all of the ingredients except the potatoes.

3)      Cut the potatoes into wedges. (Once the wedges are cut I usually cut them in half to make the pieces smaller.)

4)      Add the wedges to the bowl of ingredients, put a lid on and toss the mixture.

5)      Stand the potatoes on edge on a cookie sheet.

6)      Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on the potatoes and put in the oven.

7)      Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

 

It is as simple as that! It is one of the best potato recipes I have made yet. Even if you are not making a Valentine’s dinner, it makes a great side dish for any meal you make.

 

If you make this, be sure to let us know what you thought about it. My question to you is,

What is your favorite side dish?


 

What?! National Chocolate Cake Day?!

So, I was going to post something completely different for you today, makers. I felt it would be completely inappropriate, however, if my blurb today was about anything other than chocolate cake.

 

You see, today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY!

(Yes, the whole phrase needs to be capitalized.)

 

Most self-respecting, warm-blooded people I know have a special connection to chocolate cake.
Here are a couple links to some decadent chocolate cake recipes.

(note: All photos and recipes belong to their respective authors.
These were just too delicious looking to keep to myself!)

 

Mile-High Chocolate Cake

from epicurious.com

*****

 

Chocolate Clementine Cake

with Hot Chocolate Sauce

from myrecipes.com

*****

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

from javacupcake.com

(I hope this makes you feel better, Liz!)

*****

 

Guinness Cake

from designspongeonline.com

(You’re welcome, Pandah!)

*****

 

No need to thank me… Just save me a slice.

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day :)

Valentine’s Day Quickie

Happy Saturday, Makers!

Here’s a little weekend reading material to get you prepped and pumped for Valentine’s Day. Take a look at these fabulous projects from around the internet!

(Oh, and don’t forget to check out our own ‘lil project – Valentine’s Mini Mailbox!)

Decorate: Valentine Pillows

Felt So Cute has a great project idea for some fun (and eco-friendly) decorative pillows featured at Blue Cricket Design. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinkin’ these little guys would look great all year ’round! LINK!

Devour: Oreo Kisses

Warning: You WILL want these treats.

Warning: You WILL try to read ALL of Bakerella’s recipes.

Okay, now that you’ve been warned, check out my *hands down* favorite super-sweet treat blog! Bakerella is best known for her Cake Pops, but WHOA. These Oreo Kiss Truffles make my mouth water and my sweet tooth ache. LINK!

Delight: Sweet Valentines Printables

Looking for adorable Valentines that you can print at home? These strawberry and cherry love notes are so stinkin’ cute, I can’t handle it. I know I may be a grown woman, but I just might have to give these out to my friends. Whatcha think? Tricia-Rennea Illustrations also provides tons of other adorable (and high quality!) printables and images to use. LINK!

And now, for our Question of the Day –

Plain fruit, Chocolate covered fruit or Chocolate covered chocolate?

Have a great weekend!