Vegetarian No Meat Burgers!!!… and other yummies from the past few days!

Today I tried something new… while I had a beef burger…. oh so yummy, I tried out a special recipe for my mom and her vegetarian friend…. no-meat burgers for them using Beyond Meat product! I prefer Yves non-meats but couldn’t find any at Whole Foods today :[ Bummer.

For 2 Burger Patties:
1 bag of Beyond Beef Beefy Crumbles

1/4-1/2 onion
A few cloves of garlic
Paprika
Salt
Black Pepper
Dried Basil (fresh is probably better and if so, minced)
2 eggs
flour

I first sautéed the minced onion and garlic til caramelized and starting to be transparent and browned slightly. I mixed it with the beefy crumbles. Added S&P, paprika, dried basil and perhaps a few more secret ingredients. I added two eggs and a few pinches of flour to help it bind better – I probably should have added more flour since it was a little too wet. And I grilled them.

For toppings I sautéed onions and mushrooms. Topped the patties with cheese as they were about to be done cooking and put a lid on the pan to melt the cheese. I added a few slices of rings of red onion, sliced tomatoes and some avocado. Some other options (which I put on my beef burger) were jalapeños and cilantro.

And to make the dinner even better.. some kale chips… just kale… drizzled in evoo, s&p I added cayenne pepper… or whatever flavorings you want :]

BTW, this was my BEEF burger haha

Sorry, being “healthy”… even tho the burger was rare *MAD COW DISEASE* haha but I ate my in lettuce wrap….”sort of” ok some of it with fork and knife….

More stuff I made this weekend..

Vegetarian Soup… there’s kale, corn, leeks, mushrooms, onion etc etc… topped with some cheese and cilantro and a “garlic bread” croissant

There were more veggies but I don’t remember

And our pre-Masquerade Harvard Ball dinner

Duck Confit with Leek/Mushroom Risotto and Spicy Broccoli

Just used a tiny bit of white truffle butter, topped with parm and scallions in the risotto, had fresh white truffles.. but forgot to top it… duck confit cooked in lots of duck fat for awhile so super crispy… and then just steamed broccoli with hot pepper flakes :]

The things to come…..

Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday!!!…. but there is so much more to come, more cooking, more dinner parties, a chef’s table with Chef Blondin (soon), more trips, vacas, girl trip to Vegas, and then some….. and then there’s my new project.  A book, an autobiography/self-help book…. of all the pain that I have been through.  The good and the bad, the struggles and the luck.  I used to find it shameful to open up about my negative parts of me, my personality, my emotions, my struggles, my life, abuse, etc… I feel like it’s time for me to let it all out.  A few years ago, about 7 years ago, I was 90 lbs, so anemic I needed a blood transfusion that even doctors didn’t know how I was alive.  Two years after that I was so depressed I could drink 5-7 bottles of wine a day and just wanted to die, but my puppy, Dior (Didi) kept me alive.  This is what I want to share with the world.  My eating, my drinking, my anxiety, everything that I have gone through and survived, stayed strong, because if I can, you can too.  I’m not perfect, no one is.  But I have grown into a stronger, confident, independent woman, healthy, not scared anymore, and have learned to love myself – through all of this.  I want the world to know my story and I want to be there for anyone who has or is going through any of the same things.  Learning to love food… well that’s a love/hate story.  I will spend this year writing and getting my book edited and hopefully published by next year.   Until then I will continue writing both personal and food entries on here.  Miss Tiffie has grown up.

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