Cooking With Currie

About a month ago I decided to start limiting my intake of animal protein. I’ve really learned to love my veggies and am feeling great! I stumbled upon a recipe for a veggie burger that I tried (and tweaked) that I fell in love with. My husband even preferred it to his beef burger last night at dinner… and he hates beans! Millet is a grain that can usually be found in bulk at Whole Foods, I’ve even seen Bob’s Red Mill bags at Big Lots ($3) and Publix. If you can’t find millet you can substitute quinoa or couscous but cook according to their directions.

I keep most of these ingredients on hand so whipping up a batch of these patties is a breeze!

Southwest Veggie Burger
1# sweet potato
1/3 c millet
1 c old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
15oz can black beans drained and lightly rinsed
1/4 c fresh chopped cilantro or parsley leaves
1 tsp chili powder (see pantry arsenal: spice blends for recipe)
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp peppercorn seasoning (see pantry arsenal: spice blends for recipe) or seasoned salt
1 tbsp cajun seasoning (see pantry arsenal: spice blends for recipe)
1 tsp dried oregano
cayenne to taste
salt to taste

Roast sweet potatoes till tender, let cool (this can be done a day ahead). Put millet in small pot add a sprinkle of salt and 1/2 c water. Bring to boil, reduce to low simmer cover and cook 20 minutes. Check after 20 min add a few tbsp water if pot is too dry, continue cooking till grains are cooked, about 5-10 min more (think couscous texture). When finished cooking, spread millet on plate and allow to cool. In a food processor, grind oats till coarse like cornmeal.

In a mixing bowl mash potatoes with a fork, add beans and continue mashing. Fold in millet and all seasonings/herbs. Add 3/4 ground oats and mix well, keep adding oats to your mixture till you can form patties that are not sticky. You may not use all the oats.

Form 1/2 inch thick patties (I made 6 patties out of this recipe and froze them between pieces of wax paper). To cook: over med heat in a non stick.saute pan, heat 1 tsp olive oil, add burger patty and cook till brown and crisp (about 7 minutes) flip and cook about 5 minutes more. Serve with your favorite burger toppings!

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