Again, I am on another quest to try to eat healthier. It has been a week and, so far, I am still succeeding. It is not the food, it is the cost of the healthier food and food in general. Especially, especially, if your family won’t even try any of the healthy dishes. It’s like having 2 separate grocery bills in one house.
I happened upon a recipe at No Meat Athlete for Veggie Burgers. We purchased a package of MorningStar Farms® Grillers Prime® Veggie Burgers. I do like them, but not the price. For four MorningStar patties the cost was $4.00.
From the Veggie Burger formula from No Meat Athlete, I was able to put together a black bean burger. I used Guiona and 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds for the texture. For the dry base I used oatmeal . For the liquid, I used liquid smoke and low-sodium soy sauce. For the spices I used Montreal steak seasoning (even thought the sodium content was a little to high for me), curry powder, chili powder, all spice, and black pepper. For the veggies, I used shredded carrots, onions, minced garlic-I sautéed the slice almonds with the veggies.
What helped with the cost is that I already had the majority of ingredients on hand save the black beans and liquid smoke. I was happy that when I was forming the burgers they kept the shape and didn’t fall apart.
Instead of the 18, golf ball sized, flattened burgers that No Meat Athlete suggested, I made 8 regular sized burgers.
I broke it all down and I got a calorie count of 210 per pattie before cooking. The MorningStar Farms® Grillers Prime® Veggie Burgers are 170 calorie each and are much smaller than the ones I made.
When I cooked them, I cooked them in a teaspoon of olive oil so they wouldn’t stick to the pan. I could have used olive oil cooking spray, but I forgot that I had some.
These were good, but I am still in pursuit to find the best homemade veggie burger out there. I still have 7 more of these black bean burgers in the freezer. I will have to eat the majority of these before I try another type.
Thus far, the best meatless main course I have eaten is my Lentil and Rice Meatloaf.