My dad always said my mom’s best meals were the ones she made when, supposedly, there was “nothing to eat in the house.” My mother is the Queen of Something From Nothing. I try to emulate her tactics using wholesome ingredients.
I blog each week about whichever meal I’ve created from “nothing.” When it’s the night before grocery day and I’ve got a bunch of leftovers, it’s time to throw something easy and quick together. I hope these meal ideas keep you from resorting to that can o’ condensed soup casserole or, even worse, fast food!
The photos are really the meals I cooked; I just may edit them for bad lighting
This week’s meal:
Fridge-Freeing Veggie Burgers
A casserole, or as my MidWestern friends may say, a “hot dish,” is a tried-and-true way to clear out your refrigerator and turn random ingredients into magic. But casseroles remind me of 1970’s Corningware and I’m just not into that.
So, I present to you, my equivalent: the veggie burger. If you’ve got a single carrot here, half an onion there, can o’ beans in the cupboard, you can create something yummy.
Here’s what I did this week:
- 2 carrots
- ½ one onion
- 1 fennel bulb, hard white center removed, roughly chopped
- 1 red pepper
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 c. cooked quinoa
- ½ c. bread crumbs (or more if necessary)
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1-2 T. of cumin
- Throw all ingredients into a food processor. Process until almost smooth, but still having a little texture.
- Shape into patties.
- Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 T. of oil and cook patties until browned on each side.
- Freeze leftovers for another meal!
I served these topped with a yogurt sauce (plain yogurt, lime juice, cayenne, salt) and a side of corn.
Get creative with the burgers. Use whatever veggies you have on hand (mushrooms are delicious in these) so long as they aren’t too watery, like tomatoes or cucumbers.
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