If the recent news that Mad Cow Disease was found in a California cow does not scare you, it means you don’t know enough about Mad Cow Disease to be worried. You should find out about it. It’s scary stuff and needs to be taken seriously.
Try eating veggie burgers without worry. Use the following tips for better success. They are easy and cheap to make if you make them yourself.
Start with cooked beans, whole or mashed. Those will give you lots of protein and fiber and keep you full for not a lot of money. Using canned beans is more expensive than cooking dried beans yourself, but it saves a lot of time.
Next is your base vegetable components. Typically, these are onions, garlic, peppers, celery, carrots. These are inexpensive, add bulk, flavor, and texture, and a ton of healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Flavoring ingredients include spices like cumin, oregano, rosemary, curry powder, etc. Fresh herbs can be added also, although you need a large amount to get a lot of flavor from them. But that’s okay if you only add small amounts of fresh herbs; they still add to the depth of flavor.
Fillers are grains like cooked rice or oats. Again, fairly cheap, and a good way to use up leftovers.
The last thing is the glue to hold your burgers together. You can use gluten flour or garbanzo bean flour (also called besan.) When cooked, they turn firm and rubbery, in the case of gluten flour. They will keep the burgers from falling apart so easily and add a firmer, more meaty texture.
Saute your onions, garlic, celery, etc. until soft. Then mix in your other ingredients. Try to keep some ingredients in larger pieces, for more texture.
Shape your mixture into patties and bake or pan fry them in a skillet. Serve them with all the fixings on buns, or with sides of rice, potatoes, or other grains.
Recently I made some vegan black bean burger sliders with black beans, chile powder and cumin, corn, mushrooms, bell peppers, chile peppers, onion, garlic, rice, and garbanzo bean flour. They ended up being really delicious, and I was bummed I didn’t write the recipe down.
I served them on small homemade buns with sweet onion slices, homemade pickles, vegan mayonnaise, ketchup, and a mustard relish. They were divine.
Oh yeah, and homegrown, organic lettuce, picked fresh from the garden!
So do some experimenting yourself and see what you come up with. You can read all about Mad Cow Disease afterward and not get indigestion!
I found out about Mad Cow Disease, also known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) years ago in this book, Deadly Feasts by Richard Rhodes. It was fascinating stuff, it read almost like a sci-fi, medical thriller, but it was 100 times scarier, because it was all REAL and happening NOW. If you don’t know what the fuss is all about, find out. You may decide to make some changes in your diet.