Happy New Year!
As the first Meatless Monday of 2011, I would like to share one of my favorite vegan recipes. It also happens to be the first meatless recipe I made when I became a vegetarian 15 years ago.
If you aren’t familiar with Meatless Monday it is, according to the website, a non-profit initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The group wants to help reduce meat consumption 15% to improve the health of both people and the planet.
What and how someone eats is a personal choice. If someone wants to try more plant-based meals, Meatless Monday is a good place to start and the site has some great resources. If anyone is looking for recipes, I have a variety that I am always willing to share.
The following recipe came from The Vegetarian Resource Group, another great source for starting a meatless diet. I love this burger, it’s very easy to make and it’s great with greens, on bread or by itself. I eat it in between two large leaves of lettuce with spicy mustard and pickles on top. Paired with fruit or a vegetable side dish, you have a light, filling meal.
Garbanzo bean burgers
Makes 6 burgers
- 2 cups pre-cooked or canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and mashed
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup small onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Mix all ingredients except cooking oil in a bowl.
- Form 6 flat patties. Fry in oiled pan over medium-high heat until burgers are golden brown. Turn burgers over and fry on the other side until done.