I am not fully a vegetarian..but I do love a lot of vegetarian recipes. I have an open mind when it comes to other concepts and cultures of diets. I've tried all sorts of foods in my travels. Many things I would never repeat...but the point is to taste without fear and tread onwards.
I also do no subscribe to any celebrity based diets.
Now that's been said...I want to mention a concept that isn't new...
and is heavily promoted by Sir Paul McCartney.
Ok, vegetarianism isn't a new thing...but this concept talks about trying it out for one day of the week.
I try to impliment this as frequently as I can. It's not always possible with a busy schedule and a bunch of hungry boys (Hubbie included)
This week I tried to make my first bean patties. If you follow my blog, you'll recognize the beans below from my broccoli quiche post. They are in fact the same beans! The first attempt at blind baking my crust failed. I added far too much butter. The beans could not be reused, because they had essentially been deep fried in grease! Hubbie soaked them and boiled them one night. Once cooled, he placed them in the fridge for future use. I decided to put them to use in the dish below!
First off I took the beans that had already been soaked and boiled. I mashed them with a potato masher, but this task would go a lot easier if our food processor was working!
Once the beans were mashed to a granual texture...
I added garlic powder, parmesan cheese, rosemary, S & P to taste.
I know this is suppose to be meat free...but I did add a beaten egg. The recipe called for salsa...but I was not in a salsa mood.
Next step is to take the mixture and blend well.
Using your hands, press the mixture into patty form!
Fry up in hot veg oil and serve!
They aren't pretty, but man did they taste great!!!
I served my patty on a bed of greens and a dollop of lemony mayonnaise. (I know, again with the egg products!) I give this a 50/50 for vegetarianism...and a full 100% for taste!
As I said, I do try to make vegetarian dishes for the familly at least once a week.