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Bird-Friendly White Bean Burger (GF) with barbecue sauce.

Bird-Friendly White Bean Burger (GF) with barbecue sauce.

Well, this is #3 in my bean burger series.  When I discover a formula that works, I go with it!

Burger #1 had a Mexican flavor.  Burger #2 had an Italian quality.

Now, burger #3 has seasonings that most people associate with poultry (i.e. dead chickens and dead turkeys.)

In December 2008, I was newly vegan but the rest of my family was still eating animals.  My niece was 4 years old.  While preparing dinner for Christmas, my sister made a comment about the “bird” in the oven.  A few hours later, my little niece sat down to eat and said,

“But mommy, I don’t want to eat a bird.”

I’ll never forget that.  Fortunately, that was the last turkey that my niece had to eat.  My family no longer cooks birds.  We have Vegan Holiday Meals

Here is a savory burger that you can enjoy without causing chickens and turkeys to die.

I’d like to stop seeing the chicken trucks regularly, when I drive to work.

Bird-Friendly White Bean Burgers (GF)

Bird-Friendly White Bean Burgers (GF)

WET INGREDIENTS

2 C (or 1- 15 oz can) white beans (Cannellini (white kidney) or Great Northern beans)
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/3 C chopped onion
1/3 C chopped celery
2 T tahini
1 T tamari (GF)

DRY INGREDIENTS

1/2 C oat flour (GF)
1/4 C ground sunflower seeds
1 T nutritional yeast
1 t EACH:  dried parsley, thyme & sage
1/2 t paprika
1/4 t EACH:  ground *rosemary, celery salt & black pepper
dash garlic powder

(*I grind dried rosemary to a fine powder using a coffee grinder)

ASSEMBLY

Use a small food processor to puree the wet ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine the wet puree with the dry ingredients.

Divide the burger “dough” into 4 balls or 4 portions.  You can do this right in the bowl using a spoon, or you can pour a drop of olive oil on your hands to handle the balls manually.

The burger dough will be very sticky and soft- don’t panic!  Create 4 patties (see the other burger recipes for pictures of this phase).  If you want to keep your hands clean, just spoon the dough balls right onto parchment paper and flatten them there.

Refrigerate the patties on parchment for at least 30-60 minutes before cooking.  The time will allow the excess moisture to soak into the oats, which will bind the burgers.    Trust me!

Cook the patties on medium heat in a saute pan using the oil of your choice (I use coconut oil).  It should take about 10 minutes per side.  Shake the pan periodically to make sure they aren’t sticking.

Try these with some barbecue sauce or mushroom gravy.

Thank YOU for caring about birds of all kinds.

Kauai Chicken - May 8, 2011

Kauai Chicken – May 8, 2011

This is the soup that I eat at least 3 days per week.  It’s my “go-to” lunch entree when at work.  I just grab a jar from my freezer in the morning, and then heat and eat in the same 1 cup wide-mouth glass jar.

CHOP THESE VEGGIES:  (It goes really fast if you use the slicing blade of a food processor)

1 large onion
5 cloves garlic (mince)
2 carrots
1 medium head cauliflower
20 crimini mushrooms
28 oz crushed organic tomatoes with basil OR 5 medium tomatoes

(I slice tomatoes by hand using a really sharp knife that only gets used for tomatoes.  That way, my “tomato knife” doesn’t get dull.  Who enjoys slicing tomatoes with a dull knife?  Not me!)

COMBINE THESE SEASONINGS:

4 t tarragon
3 t paprika
2 t thyme
3 t veggie broth powder
1 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
dash granulated garlic
2 bay leaves

SET ASIDE:

1 C rinsed lentils (whatever kind you like)
6 C water
1 T dijon mustard

ASSEMBLY:

Use a large soup pot.  On medium heat, melt 1/2 T coconut oil.  Saute the veggies with the seasonings (start with the onion and garlic, then gradually add the other veggies).  Add the lentils, water and mustard.  Simmer for about an hour, or until the lentils are cooked.  Add more water if needed, depending on how thick you like it.  Portion in 1 cup or 1 pint jars and freeze.  Makes about 17 cups.

NSNG = No Sugar No Grains

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