Some people shop, others exercise, drink, or paint when they’re stressed. I cook. I used to shop, but I’ve been watching my money and cooking is much more rewarding.
But enough of my feelings of yesterday. Monday I went to the grocery store after not going last week. I got everything I needed, but was trying to figure out what to make this week. I felt that I’ve done a few too many soups/curries in a row and wanted to do something different. I walked around Aldi for what felt the 10th time when I walked past a cute gay couple looking at condiments. One of them said “Oh, for the veggie burgers?” And that threw me back to Shawn’s 30th birthday. She had a party (her birthday is 3 days before mine) and made sweet potato burgers. I couldn’t remember all that was in them, but I figured, how hard could it be? I grabbed a sweet potato and a can of chickpeas and went on my way.
For me, recipes develop themselves in my head over about a day. I come up with the original idea, sometimes mention it to someone, and then finalize it while I’m prepping the ingredients. I worked this morning, and mentioned it to my manager and she said everything sounded a little loose, so I added quinoa. Well, the patty is still a little loose, but it’s almost like eating mashed sweet potatoes on a bun, what could be better?
This recipe is very easy, and while the finished burger isn’t vegan, all you have to do is not use cheese or the Sriracha aioli and it will be vegan. I know I’ve already talked about my love of sweet potatoes, so I won’t delve into why they’re the best.
Here’s what to get from the store:
Eggs (if you’re doing the aioli)
Smoked gouda (optional)
Chickpea Sweet Potato Burger with Sriracha Aioli
1 sweet potato, diced
6 cloves garlic, diced
1 small sweet onion, diced
1/2 cup cooked quiona
1 can chickpeas
Salt, pepper, turmeric, paprika, cayenne
Smoked gouda (optional)
For the Aioli
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp Sriracha
Salt and pepper
- On a sheet pan, put the sweet potato, garlic and onion. Cover in olive oil and season with salt, pepper, turmeric, paprika and cayenne. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until the potato is cooked through.
- Put the potatoes, onion, garlic and chickpeas in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the quinoa, blend again and taste to adjust seasonings.
- Let cool and make the aioli: in a blender, place the egg, garlic, sriracha, lemon juice and seasonings. Blend until frothy. Slowly add the oil while blending until thick. Place in fridge until use.
- Preheat your cast iron skillet, but leave the heat on low. Make the mixture into a ball and flatten into the skillet. Brown on both sides then put into a 350 degree oven and add smoked gouda if you like.
- While the patty is in the oven, toast your sandwich thins, put spinach on one side and the aioli on the other side. Feel free to add the veggies you like.
Today one of my coworkers brought up a good point. “Vote for who you want, if your person one, you should be happy, but don’t fight about it.” A lot of people I know are mad. I understand, I’m not mad but I’m not happy. While the person who one is awful, his running mate is worse, and his most vocal followers and more worse than that. The next four years are going to be rough. I have many friends that I’m worried for because I’ve already heard of women getting harassed in his name. I have friends who are afraid of conversion therapy and others afraid to face their families. I will stand by all those people. Each and every one of them is an amazing person and doesn’t deserve to be treated badly. This is 2016, not 1950. We need to rise above.
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