Savory Veggie Patties

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We love tasty cooking. In our kitchen, we come up with things that have FLAVOR! We don't believe that healthy eating has to be bland, and we go for the palatable every time. These patties are very easy to make, they are versatile, since you can use them as is as a sidekick to many dishes, and also as a tasty insert for your sandwiches. The fact that they contain veggies makes them even more savory. Enjoy!

1 cup of water
1 cup Old Fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp. cornstarch
Salt to taste
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. coriander seed powder (you can pulverize the seeds in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. onion powder (up to 2 tbsp. onion powder if you like things spicy)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (1 tsp. if you want more spice)
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
1/2 cup sweet green and red pepper strips, mixed


In a blender, process the vegetables with the rice with a little bit of water until you have a paste. Scrape into a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and the seasoning, adding little bits of water
as necessary, until you have a firm dough, not hard but not runny. Form patties with your hands. Cook in a skillet until golden brown on both sides. Serve topped with pasta sauce or with your favorite
sauce or vegan cheese, or use as is as filling for sandwiches with the trimmings of your choice.





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Vegan Split Pea Steaks

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1/2 cup cracked wheat (cooked in just enough water till soft like rice (about 30 mins.)
1/2 cup green split peas (cooked in the minimum possible water till soft, about 30 mins.)
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sweet green and red peppers mixed, cut into strips (the proportion is to your taste)
1/2 red onion, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 sprigs parsley
1 tomato
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. garlic powder or to taste
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning


Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender (you can do it in batches if you like) and process till smooth. Form the steaks as large patties in your hands.
Cook them in a skillet barely painted with olive oil, until golden brown on both sides.
Serve with your favorite pasta sauce.





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Oat Carnitas

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(In this photo they are plated with a saucy softito of different peppers and onions)

1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup quinoa
3/4 cup cracked wheat
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 medium tomato
1 small red onion
1 tsp. garlic powder (/1/2 tsp. if you are not a great garlic lover)
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 stalk celery
1/2 cup walnuts
1 Tbsp. olive oil + more for cooking
Salt to taste
3 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch


Soak the oats in 3/4 cup water until soft. Boil the cracked wheat till it is soft like rice. Do the same with the quinoa. But before this, rinse the quinoa several times to get rid ot the natural saponins that it contains (this will improve the flavor.) Once both grains are soft,
scoop them into a food processor or a blender and process them together with all the vegetables with a little bit of water, until you have a soft paste. Scrape into the bowl where the oats are, then add all the seasoning to this, blending well, until all is well incorporated.
Add the cornstarch, avoiding lumps. Form patties and either cook them in a skillet barely painted with olive oil until golden brown on both sides, or bake them at 350ยบ F, turning every so often until golden brown on both sides, or cook in a skillet barely painted with olive oil till golden brown.


(This how they look plain)


Here they are after they were dropped in a little bit of pasta sauce and allowed to absorbed the juicy goodness till they were moist and tender (about 5 minutes)

Enjoy!








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Savory Tofu Croquettes

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You can enjoy these as a side for rice, mashed potatoes, and just about anything you like.

1/2 block tofu, drained
1/4 cup raw almonds
1 tsp. sweet paprika powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. turmeric
4 tbsp. all purpose flour
1 1/2 Tbsp. thinly diced onion
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Optional: 1 tbsp. vegan chicken style seasoning



In a food processor or blender, with just a tiny amount of water, process the almonds and the tofu and the diced onions into a paste. Scrape into a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
Form croquettes with your hands and cook them in a skillet that has been barely painted with olive oil until golden brown on both sides.


Enjoy!




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Italian Style Meaties

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These are really delicious and they can be used in many ways. You can serve them as patties, topped with your favorite salsa or pasta sauce, or you can cut them into strips or coarse chunks and throw them back into the skillet and toss them with some tomatoes, peppers, onion rings and a bit f your favorite pasta sauce, until they are juicy and tender and have soaked up some of the sauce and the vegetables have softened but are still crunchy (3 or 4 minutes) and you can use them to top rice, millet, quinoa, couscous, pasta or pair them with mashed potatoes or anything you like. They are also delicious as an addition to burritos, wraps and pita sandwiches. Enjoy!



1 cup Old Fashioned oats (soaked in 1/2 cup water until soft)
1 cup Arborio or any starchy, short grain rice of your preference, cooked till soft (follow package instructions)
1/2 cup cracked wheat, cooked as per package instructions until it has the consistency of rice
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 large tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup sweet green pepper strips
1/4 cup sweet red pepper strips
1 small onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves (1/2 tsp. garlic powder or 1 garlic clove if you are not a great garlic lover)
3 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 Tbsp. olive oil + more
Salt to taste
1 tsp, Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. coriander seed powder (you can grind them with a mortar and pestle or in a clean coffee grinder)
Water



In a food processor or blender with only enough water to process, grind the tomato, onion, peppers, the garlic (if  you use cloves), into a paste. Scrape into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Form patties of your preferred size with your hands.
Cook in a skillet that has been barely painted with olive oil till golden brown on both sides.

Yield: About 14, depending on size you make them in




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Eggplant Yumminess

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Sometimes you know what you want to make, You have leftover brown rice, or you want to bake some potatoes or some yams and make a salad, but what to use as a side dish? These go perfectly with just about anything you pair them with. They are savory and quite easy to make. Enjoy!

1 eggplant, peeled and cut into very small pieces
1/2 cup of combined sweet red and green peppers diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Salt to taste
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp, garlic powder
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. sweet basil
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1/2 cup water
Olive oil


Mix all of the dried ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Add the peppers, the onions and the eggplant, and add the water, little by little until you have a dough that is not runny. It should be a bit stiff so that the croquettes won't fall apart when flipped in the skillet.
Form the croquettes with your hands, the size you prefer.
Heat a skillet barely "painted" with olive oil and drop your croquettes into it, allowing them to cook for at least 2 minutes before flipping. Cook them on both sides till golden brown.
Serve plain or topped with your favorite sauce.




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Saucy Meatless Chunklets

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We are happy when we can come up with a tasty meat substitute, because they are among the most popular recipes we have in our collection. This one is truly savory and is loaded with goodness. Whether you call them meat alternatives, meat replacements, mock meats or meat subs, these recipes are extremely helpful to round up meals and to complete your diet and give flexibility in the preparation of dishes. The saucy little powerhouses of flavor will really tingle your tastebuds. Enjoy!

1 can chickpeas or garbanzos, rinsed and drained
1 cup Old Fashioned oats
1 cup brown rice (raw)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds (raw)
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. sweet basil
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 Tbsp. olive oil plus more to cook with
3 sprigs cilantro
1 medium tomato
1 small onion
1 large carrot
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup sweet pepper strips
1/2 cup sweet green pepper strips
1/2 cup water


In a blender or food processor, grind the raw rice with the Old Fashioned oats until pulverized to the consistency of flour. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl till well combined. Process all the vegetables in a blender or food processor with the water, adding it little by little as you puree them.
Scrape into the bowl where the dry ingredients have been combined and mix well. Once you have a dough of a good consistency, like the consistency of bread dough.
Take pieces of the dough and shape them between your hands and shape them into the shape you want and the size you want.
Heat a cast iron skillet that has been barely "painted" with olive oil and cook the pieces over a low heat until golden on all sides. Drop into a bowl and prepare your sauce. A vegan marinara-style sauce would be ideal.
Once the sauce is ready, drop your "meat" pieces into the sauce and let them absorb the moisture an the flavors of the sauce for about 10 minutes.



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