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Well, I finally got around to creating a couple Plant Powered No Sugar No Grains (NSNG) burger recipes…

  • Basic White Bean & Seed Burgers
  • Curry Patties

For these 2 new recipes, I used my usual “burger formula,” except I substituted 1/4 cup ground flax seeds and 1/4 cup chia seeds for the 1/2 cup oat flour that I used before.

Here are my 3 previous gluten free burger recipes.  If you want to make these NSNG, then just make the same substitution…

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Basic Burger Ingredients

Basic White Bean & Seed Burger Ingredients

BASIC WHITE BEAN & SEED BURGERS

1/4 C sunflower seeds, ground
1/4 C chia seeds
1/4 C ground flax seeds

dash celery salt
dash garlic powder
1/4 t black pepper
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t dried parsley
1 t dried chives
1 t nutritional yeast

15 oz can rinsed white beans OR 1 pint homemade cooked white beans
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 C chopped onion
1/4 C chopped carrot
1 T tahini
1 t vegan Worcestershire OR tamari
1/4 t liquid smoke
1/4 t Tabasco

Coconut oil or Villa Cappelli olive oil (for cooking the patties)
Parchment paper (for forming the patties)

ASSEMBLY:

1. Use a food processor to grind the seeds into a powder.

2. Combine the ground seeds and dry spices in a large mixing bowl.

3. Use the same food processor to puree the beans, vegetables and wet ingredients.

4. Add the wet puree to the mixing bowl and stir.

5. Spread the burger batter evenly in the bottom of the bowl.  Use a knife to make 6 even portions.

Divide the burger batter into 6 portions.

Divide the burger batter into 6 portions.

6. Spoon out each portion onto a large piece of parchment paper.

Drop burger batter portions onto a large piece of parchment paper.

Drop burger batter portions onto a large piece of parchment paper.

7. Flatten and form the patties with the spoon.  There’s no need to get your hands dirty!

Flatten and form the 6 patties.

Flatten and form the 6 patties.

8. You should be able to cook these right away, but I typically refrigerate for 30-60 minutes, to allow the seeds to fully absorb the moisture.

9. Cook with oil over medium heat.  Flip over every few minutes until the burger patties are nicely browned.

This one was cooked in Villa Cappelli olive oil.

This one was cooked in Villa Cappelli olive oil.

10. Serve.  Have fun with your food!

Burger Man

Burger Man

11. The “raw” patties can be refrigerated for a few days or frozen for several months.  Store the patties on the parchment paper.  To cook from frozen, simply thaw the patties on the counter for about 15 minutes before cooking.

Storage method for freezing the patties.

Storage method for freezing the patties.

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Curry Patty Ingredients

Curry Patty Ingredients

CURRY PATTIES

1/4 C sunflower seeds, ground
1/4 C chia seeds
1/4 C ground flax seeds

dash celery salt
dash pepper
dash garlic powder
1/8 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t ground turmeric
1/2 t Garam Masala blend
1/2 t yellow curry powder blend
1 T unsweetened finely shredded coconut

15 oz can rinsed white beans OR 1 pint homemade cooked white beans
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 C chopped onion
1/4 C chopped celery
1 T peanut butter
1 t ginger juice

Coconut oil or olive oil (for cooking the patties)
Parchment paper (for forming the patties)

ASSEMBLY:
Use the same method as described above.
Curry patty with a very simple sauce made of tomato sauce, red curry paste and coconut oil.

Curry patty with a very simple sauce made of tomato sauce, red curry paste and coconut milk.

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I’m excited to announce that I was a guest on the Angriest Trainer podcast!  Check it out here…

Angriest Trainer 185:  The Vegan Episode!!!  (53:30 minutes)

According to my phone records, this experience was my “15 minutes of fame” (+2 minutes).  It’s crazy to think that “little old me” would end up rubbing shoulders with some influential names in Hollywood.  Pinch me!

I’m so very thankful that I was given this opportunity to “tell the world” my story of vegan transformation.  At the same time, I was completely outside my comfort zone and super nervous.  I’m extremely introverted!

Despite my fright, I wasn’t about to blow my chance to effectively speak up for the animals– especially considering that the vast majority of the Angriest Trainer’s fans are not vegan.

For this occasion, I did 100 Saadatjoo push-ups and I poured myself a little shot glass of Villa Cappelli olive oil.  I didn’t want a dry mouth!

Villa Cappelli is a sponsor of the Angriest Trainer Podcast.  It's the best olive oil and has the "Puglia pinch."

Villa Cappelli is a sponsor of the Angriest Trainer Podcast. It’s the best olive oil and has the “Puglia pinch.”

BTW– Do you even know about this podcast?  Let me explain:

The Angriest Trainer is Vinnie Tortorich… AKA “Hollywood’s Go-To Fitness Trainer.”  Vinnie’s simple, but effective approach to getting rid of unwanted body fat is…

“No Sugar, No Grains” – NSNG

I found out about Vinnie Tortorich and the Angriest Trainer podcast because I started listening to the Rich Roll podcast.  Rich had Vinnie on his podcast (RRP #12).  Vinnie is not 100% “plant powered,” but he is funny and informative.  Naturally, I started listening to Vinnie’s podcast, too.

Right away, I appreciated Vinnie’s acceptance of vegans.  And more– I realized that the NSNG dietary approach is quite accessible to vegans.  (NSNG does not necessarily mean “low-carb.”)

By following this approach for just a short time, I’ve become more lean than ever before, but without being hungry.  It really does work.  Check out my pages, “What I Eat,” and “#PPNSNG Kitchen” for more details.

"Put Life into Living and Do it with Enthusiasm!" - Vinnie Tortorich

“Put Life into Living and Do it with Enthusiasm!” – Vinnie Tortorich

A Facebook group called “Vinnie Tortorich’s No Sugar No Grains” was created for fans of the podcast.  This is a place for people to support each other, share recipes, and seek advice about all things NSNG.  Endurance runners and triathletes in the group discuss how NSNG improves athletic performance.  It’s all about becoming “fat-adapted.”

I know this might come as a shock, but in the Facebook group, vegans and omnivores actually co-exist without killing each other.  (GASP!)  It’s pretty refreshing.

I joined the Facebook group 6 months ago.  Initially, I admit it was a stretch for me to purposefully place myself where I knew I’d see animal-based food and read discussions about animal products on a regular basis.  Although it was difficult, I joined for 2 reasons:

  1. I wanted to add a vegan presence to the group.
  2. I wanted to demonstrate that NSNG can be done quite easily without consuming animal products.

Over these months, I’ve found that the vegan NSNG perspective is still needed.  I’ve observed that many former “plant-based” people end up going back to eating animal products as a result of listening to the podcast (in particular, bacon, eggs, and high fat dairy).  This is hard to witness and makes me very sad.

In order to support other vegan NSNG fans who prefer not to see animal-based food pictures or enter in discussions about animal products, I joined with 2 others (B.J. & Ciry) to create a dedicated “Plant Powered” Facebook group.  (B.J. was the happy-go-lucky Texan interviewed before me on “The Vegan Episode!!!”  Check out his blog, “Living Better.”)

Honestly, I’m hoping that the supportive environment of the PPNSNG group will help stop the trend of folks returning to eating animal products.  I do sincerely thank Vinnie for talking about the plant powered group and stating in his own voice that NSNG and vegan diets can go together.

Join me at “Vinnie Tortorich’s Plant Powered No Sugar No Grains.”  You don’t have to be vegan or 100% plant powered to be a member.

Finally…

Read “Fitness Confidential,” by Vinnie Tortorich and **Dean Lorey.  It’s really the best way to get to know Vinnie.  It’s part weight loss/fitness manual, part memoir, and part survival story.  (Literally, Vinnie survived cancer and then finished “The Toughest 48 hours in Sport,” the Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race.)

Who knows?– It might just inspire YOU to find out what you’re really capable of.  It had that effect on me!

"Fitness Confidential" - By Vinnie Tortorich & Dean Lorey

“Fitness Confidential” – By Vinnie Tortorich & Dean Lorey

(**Dean Lorey was in the opening segment of the “The Vegan Episode!!!” (although he’s not vegan).  He mentioned his upcoming new show on CBS this Fall called “The Crazy Ones.”  It stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.  I’m planning to watch it!)

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"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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