Vegetable Walnut Burgers w/Roasted Potatoes & Miso Frites Sauce

Vegetable Walnut Burgers ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Few of us are aware that the act of eating can be a powerful statement of commitment to our own well-being, and at the same time the creation of a healthier habitat. Your health, happiness, and the future of life on earth are rarely so much in your own hands as when you sit down to eat.”John Robbins

This savory, delectable burger recipe is from May All Be Fed by John Robbins, page 322. The burger patties are made from millet, celery, onions, walnuts, bread crumbs, herbs, and spices. They were simple to make and they are baked, not fried, which is always a plus. We served the burgers on toasted herb focaccia with lettuce, avocado, tomato, Daiya Provolone Slices, and a side of roasted potatoes with miso frites sauce.

Here’s how we make roasted potatoes with frites sauce at home…

Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 6 Medium Potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt – To Taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Lightly oil 2 baking sheets or line with Silpat mats
  • Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch rounds or into 1/2 inch strips
  • Dry sliced potatoes with a paper towel – this is an important step which keeps the potatoes from becoming soggy
  • Toss potatoes in oil in a bowl and place on baking sheets in a single layer
  • Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through
  • Remove from oven, toss with salt and enjoy plain or with ketchup, vinegar, or with Miso Frites Sauce…

Miso Frites Sauce

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 4 Tablespoons Vegan Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Miso

Directions:

  • Place the vegan mayonnaise and the light miso into a small bowl and mix
  • Serve with roasted potatoes

Hamburger Fact: If you put all the hamburgers Americans eat annually in a row, they would circle the earth more than 30 times.

Homegrown Cherry Plum Jam

Vegan Cherry Plum Jam

“What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” Logan P. Smith

We made this sweet-tart jam using homegrown cherry plums from our back yard. We are fortunate to live in an apartment with one golden cherry plum tree, two red cherry plum trees, and a fig tree in the garden. We made golden (pictured) and red cherry plum jam and shared it with our neighbors. It’s fun to eat foods grown where you live, and we always leave plenty of plums for the birds. This jam is great with crusty bread, on an English muffin, or in a PB&J sandwich. Click here for the recipe.

Canning Fact: Home canning grew in popularity during World War II, when the harvest of “victory gardens” was canned.

16 Bean, Leek, and Kielbasa Soup

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16 Bean, Leek, and Kielbasa Soup ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking and Food Blog

“I used to help my granddaddy make sausage. He would mix it up in a cleaned-out washtub with his hands, no gloves. Man, if we did anything like that today, they would jack the jail up and throw us under it.”Jimmy Dean

Don’t worry, we would never use Jimmy Dean sausages. We made this soup with yummy vegan Kielbasa, of course!

This hearty and satisfying stew was made from 16 types of dried beans (available at grocery stores as “16 Bean Soup Mix”), carrots, celery, onions, red wine, thyme, celery seed, Creole seasoning, garlic, leeks, green beans, beer, store-bought vegan kielbasa, and more! The recipe includes instructions for how to make this on the stove or in a slow cooker. We used our slow cooker and this turned out wonderfully. This is a great lunch recipe that goes really well with a vegan grilled cheese sandwich! The recipe is from Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon, page 70.

Kielbasa Facts: Kielbasa is a type of Polish sausage that is also known as kołbasa, klobasa, kobasa, kolbasi, kovbasa, kobasi, and kubasa.

California Benedict with Sriracha-Chive Hollandaise

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California Benedict with Sriracha-Chive Hollandaise ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking and Food Blog

“Hot sauce must be hot. If you don’t like it hot, use less.”David Tran, creator of Sriracha Hot Sauce.

This hot-hot-hot version of a vegan eggs benny was to die for! It was made with a spicy, gingery, super-rich sriracha cream sauce over marinated grilled tofu, served atop sliced yellow heirloom tomatoes and toasted English muffins with a side of roasted purple Peruvian potatoes with a lime and garlic aioli. This recipe was surprisingly simple to prepare, and because it was so good and since I loooooooove sriracha sauce, this is going to be my go-to tofu benedict recipe from now on.

The recipe is from the fantastic The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook by Randy Clemens, page 69.

Sriracha Facts: Sriracha, the Thai hot sauce pronounced sir-rotch-ah and also known as “rooster sauce”, was created by 66-year-old David Tran. Thank you, Mr. Tran!

Strawberry Kanten

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Strawberry Kanten ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Life is short. Eat dessert first.” — Mark Twain

This sweet little gem of a recipe is from The Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry, page 225. Gentry describes kanten as “A healthy person’s Jell-O.” This was such a fruity and refreshing treat! The kanten is sweetened only with apple juice. We piled vegan whipped cream on top, which sort of negated the healthfulness of that, but it was doggone delicious! 😉

Strawberry Fact: Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese.

Sunny-Side-Up Apricot Danishes

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Sunny-Side-Up Apricot Danishes ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.”William Arthur Ward

This absolutely scrumptious recipe is from vegan recipe genius Hannah Kaminsky’s Vegan Desserts, page 112.

These devilish little danishes were made from homemade puff pastry topped with a sweet vegan cream cheese and fresh summer apricots and baked into buttery, flaky perfection. I am proud/ashamed to say that Keith and I ate 6 of these in one sitting! We just couldn’t help ourselves. It had been decades since I had a cheese danish, so I had a lot of lost time to make up for. 😉

Homemade puff pastry takes several hours of rising so plan to make this one about 8 hours in advance, but it is soooo worth the wait, and the actual work time is minimal.

Danish Fact: Danishes originated in Austria, not Denmark.