Many people wonder where vegans get their protein from. The truth is we get protein from everything we eat, that’s why being vegan requires tons of discipline and dedication, because you have to eat healthy almost 98% of the time. Impossible? Absolutely not! Difficult? well I won’t say it’s like having a piece of cake, you have to work yourself out of common restaurants and dinner invitations, but when you are committed for whatever reason you have decided on going vegan, it’s just all worth it.
So, the truth is vegan food is just as varied as what people consider “normal” food, I in fact consider it has many more options and flavors. Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes for lunch or dinner. I made my first attempt on a family reunion and it was more than worth it. Brothers and sisters in law made their approval. Believe even if you have nothing to do with being vegetarian or vegan, you will find this recipe scrumptious.
Just a little note, make sure you prepare this with time, this is not a 10 minute recipe. You can reserve some time at night or on the weekend to prepare many of these and even keep some patties frozen
Protein Rich Vegan Burger (Serves 6-7 patties/burgers)
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
- 1/2 cup roasted and salted peanuts, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats, processed into a coarse flour
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame seed oil (or olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
Peanut Soy Sauce (serves for about 8 patties)
- 1 garlic clove
- 6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 2.5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons water, (or more if needed)
- 1/2 tablespoon pure agave syrup (or other sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
1. Grate the sweet potato with the big-size grate holes, into a bowl.
2. Add into the same bowl, cilantro, basil, garlic, ginger, and chopped peanuts
3. In a food processor, add the oats and process until finely chopped. Add this mix into the bowl and mix properly.
4. In the food processor again add the chickpeas and process by pulsing, make sure you have a crumbly mix, not a complete puree. Stir this mix into the bowl.
5. In a cup mix the flaxseed and the water and let it rest for about 20 seconds. Then add it into the whole mix. Turn the oven on to 350F or 170 C.
6. Add the sesame oil, plus soy sauce, lemon juice, coriander, salt and pepper.
7. Mix properly and wet your hands as needed to start forming patties.
8. Place a baking sheet with pam or oil and place the patties on top. Bake for 20 minutes on each side.
9. Now that the patties are on the oven get your hands ready for the most amazing sauce EVER. Add all ingredients into food processor and blend. If the mixture is too thick feel free to add more water.
10. Once the patties make u your own burger. Family grabbed some cheese, clearly I didn’t . Play with it, any way you will still enjoy each bite.
Thanks to Angela from Oh She Glows for this unique, delicious recipe
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