Category Archives: Vegetarian

Veggie Burgers Good and Bad

Though a homemade veggie burger always tastes better than the packaged kind, there are some packaged veggie burgers that I like.  Off the top of my head, I am a fan of:

• Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
• Morningstar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Patties 
• Morningstar Farms Sausage Patties
• Morningstar Farms Chik’n Patties
• Boca Chik’n Patties
• Smartdogs

Yes, I know that these are like the fast food of the package veggie burger world with an ingredient list a mile long with all sorts of weird crap, but I like them and they’re easy.  I will often put one on top of a salad for some extra protein at lunch.

So, when I saw some new flavor of Boca burgers that advertised that they only had 2 Weight Watchers points (normally the sort of veggie burgers I buy have 4), I grabbed them.  I should have known better.

Yucky boca burger

This was quite possibly the worst veggie burger I’ve ever had or at least had in a long time.  Bleh.  No wonder they are only two points.  Two points of disgusting.

In order to remedy my bad veggie burger experience, I decided to go the homemade route and made Green Curry Veggie Burgers with Black Beans and Walnuts. Much more than two points each, but worth it.  I halved the recipe, which made four patties.  They were a little hard to cook because they were so soft and they broke apart very easily, but they were really tasty.

Green curry veggie burger

They’re not the prettiest thing, but neither is the pre-packaged kind.

Yucky boca burger2

What’s your favorite pre-packaged veggie burger?

Colorado Vacation: Day 1 Missing Our Flight and Denver

I’m back in Georgia after spending the past four days in various parts of Colorado.  It was a really fun trip, though it didn’t start out that way.  Our flight was scheduled to leave the airport at 11.  We were running a bit late and I thought that we might have to park at the airport instead of the cheaper parking lots that are around the airport.  That was my biggest concern until it was like 10:20 and we were still stuck in standstill traffic in Midtown.  Bumper to bumper on a Saturday morning.  Yup.  We needed to check our bags so there was no way that we were going to make it to the airport on time.  I ended up calling Delta and changing our flight.  They were able to put us on one that left 4 hours later.  Not ideal, but at least they had a flight, right?  Instead of going home, we stopped at Octane Coffee.

Octane latte

When we got to the airport, however, our luck turned around.  The only seats that they had available on our flight were first class so we got to sit there for free.  Score.

We finally got to our hotel around 6.  There was some sort of comic book convention going on, so the hotel was packed with people dressed in costume.  It was interesting.

My friend Eva, who I have been friends with since I was 9, moved to Colorado about a year ago.  She lives in Monument, about an hour south of Denver and drove up to our hotel to meet us for dinner.

We went to The Cheeky Monk for dinner, which was a Belgian bar.  I was enticed by the mussels and Jason liked the big beer list.

Cheeky monk mussels

Unfortunately, neither one of us was too impressed with the mussels.  The beer was good though.  And it was fun to see Eva.

Lee eva cheeky monk

We hung out there for a while, before calling it a night and heading back to the hotel.  We were both pretty wiped from traveling all day.

More to come!

So Good

Though I’m no chef, I do cook a lot, usually picking out at least three new recipes a week to try.  The ones I like, you see here on this blog.  The ones I don’t, you usually don’t see.  And while the ones that you do see are good, every once in a while I’ll make something that is like OMG good.

Tofu chimichurri1

I know.  You have no idea what this is.

Tofu chimichurri2

I used this recipe for tempeh chimichurri but substituted tofu.  My tofu looks really dense because I pressed it in a tofu press for like 24 hours.  (Side note: I have tried and tried to like tempeh and just don’t.  I give up.  It’s bitter.)

I kind of wanted to bathe in this chimichurri.  It was so good.  The tofu took a long time to marinate, but it was worth it because it was really flavorful.  Plus, if you didn’t feel like waiting, you could always use the chimichurri on other stuff.  It’s not really evident in the pictures, but I put it on top of the broccoli too.  So good.  Though if you don’t like cilantro (sorry Margaret), you probably aren’t going to feel the same way I do about this stuff.

What’s the last REALLY good thing you’ve made?

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