October 7th, 2007


Sunflower Nut Patties (burgers)

The original recipe is from the "Nursing Mother's Cookbook", I made a couple of adaptions today while trying this recipe out (mainly different onion and different nuts). 

One cup sunflower kernels, ground (or you can attempt to crush them with a mortar and pestle like I did)
One cup nuts, crushed (I used half a cup of peanuts and half a cup of cashews, but you could also use almonds).
Half a cup of tahini
Juice of one lemon
Two cloves garlic
Spring onion, chopped finely. (About half a cup but you could use more if you like).
Grated carrot (also about half a cup. You could also add or substitute zucchini). 

+Pita bread to serve the patties on and a simple salad for the side.

Note: depending on the amount of onion and carrot it might be necessary to either add a small amount more tahini, or an egg substitute (a little bit of silken tofu would probably work). 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix, and form into balls.
Heat some oil in a pan and add the balls of mixture and flatten (you will need to do multiple lots). Fry until golden brown on each side and serve on top of the pita bread.

Edited to add: I forgot to to say that I also added a handful of chopped parsley and mint leaves (fresh).

Minimal-Ingredient Meatloaf?

Is it possible to make a meatloaf with no nuts and no breadcrumbs?  Every recipe I've seen in the memories seems to call for some kind of ground nut, which i don't have access to right now.  I do have:

1 can of Worthington Vegetarian Burger
Quick cooking oats
About 1 cup of red lentils, and a small amount of brown lentils
Vital wheat gluten flour
Instant brown rice
Vegetable broth
Various herbs and spices

I know that there is that vegan meatloaf generator online, but it looks as if ground nuts are a requirement and I don't want to waste any ingredients on something that's going to come out gross. 

Thanks in advance!