My family should be afraid, very afraid…I got an new cookbook. In years past, a new cookbook for me meant fun new recipes to try and delicious meals for everyone for days on end. Now, it is different. My new cookbook embraces my new eating style. My son is ready to stay with friends, permanently.
Tonight I made my first recipe.
They actually came out really well. Not as good as a big, juicy, charbroiled beef burger, but if that’s what you want, well, this blog is NOT for you. They did have a slightly meaty texture from the mushrooms and the walnuts added a little crunch.
Here is the recipe. If you look closely you can see that I have already wrinkled the page by getting it wet. All my cookbooks are like that. I consider it a testament to the fact that they are used. *sigh*
To begin, I used the food processor to chop 24 oz of mushrooms, which came out to roughly 6 cups when done.
Then I mixed the oats, chopped walnuts and the seasoned tomato paste mixture in a separate bowl.
It smelled a bit like traditional meatloaf while I was mixing it up.
I used fresh spinach (about 1/2 a bag) instead of frozen, then rough chopped it and added in at the end of cooking the mushrooms.
Then, I combined everything.
One thing that still trips me out, when cooking vegan, you can sample as you go and adjust as needed. Not something you can do when cooking with raw eggs and meat! I found the mixture to be a bit bland so I added an additional teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, Himilayan Pink salt and black pepper in addition to the spices called for.
When forming the patties, I followed the directions exactly, and using 1/3 cup mix to form the patties I actually came out with 12, not 8.
Haha, the little guy in the top left corner got a little short changed, but I digress. They held together nicely, although I have to say the initial flip (half way through baking) was a little precarious. I almost ruined the first one trying to flip carefully. The second one I jabbed the spatula under it like a short order cook at the dinner rush and it behaved perfectly.
While I would not say it was the best thing ever, it WAS good. I served mine as a lettuce wrap, smothered in guacamole, with fresh tomato, red onion, a liberal sprinkle of Mrs. Dash Table Blend, and some spicy mustard.
A very acceptable dinner and I will be making it again.
Now I’m tempted to try one of the desserts…