I’ve never been much of a vegi-burger type person (or as you know, a vegi person in general), but lately I’ve been considering cutting out meat and dairy. This is a very depressing statement for me, and I’m very grumpy about it! LOL. It has nothing to do with philosophical problems with cruelty to animals (since, while I like animals, I like eating them more…) and everything to do with reading the book “The China Study” where a scientist essentially convinced me that consuming animal protein encourages nasty stuff like cancer and heart disease and obesity and diabetes and brain tumors. [Well, sh*t!]
The only reason I picked up this book was that my parents read it and promptly became vegans, and I wanted to read it to make fun of them! lol. So as you can imagine, I read it really wanting to discount it, and the more convinced I became, the madder I got. After finishing it, I spent around 2 weeks in a funk. Here was the thought that looped in my head: “OK, so no meat I could do. But no cheese? NO CHEESE?!!!!” I invite you to take a look at the size of the “Cheese” category in the tag cloud on the right. That gives you an idea of its importance in my life. Cheese, in my opinion, is the perfect food. That and bacon make anything better, and figure prominently in almost everything I make. So I was very upset by this vegan crap mainly because of cheese.
That was not what I was expecting – I thought it would be a fad diet book with recipes, trying to make a quick buck, like all the others that my parents have read in the past. I wasn’t expecting real, grown-up science, and it floored me.
So now what? That’s what I’ve spent the last 3 weeks trying to figure out. I’ve landed on the decision that I am going to cut out most meat and dairy for my family, with the exception of keeping in a little cheese to help me still like my life, and to help my hubby stomach the whole thing. As far as the recipes on this site go, I’ll still post any and all yummy-sounding recipes submitted to me, plus if I’ve used some weird sort of protein source I’ll recommend the meaty and cheesy ways to make it delicious. (With a certain amount of envy. I may be limiting meat and dairy, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it!)
Also, my hubby is planning to start another round of P90x in the spring, and I’m considering doing it with him. So I’m going to have to figure out how to do P90x nutrition vegan style. Everything I’ve found on the Beachbody boards indicates that this is not easy to do. (Low-carb and vegan don’t really mix.) So I’ll be sure to post here any interesting conclusions I come to or resources I come up with related to vegan and vegetarian versions of P90x nutrition.
OK, so there ends the longest recipe intro known to man! The other night I decided that if I wasn’t allowed to have hamburgers, at the very least I’d better come up with a good bean burger recipe. Here’s what I started with, and it really was pretty good! I was surprised by how hamburger-ish it smelled and felt while eating it.
Drain and rinse beans, and pour them into a large bowl. Mash the beans against the side of the bowl with a fork, then add the remainder of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape patties and serve depending upon how many carb servings you have to work with:
If you only have 1 carb serving to work with (Phase 1):
Either shape them into 6 larger patties and serve them protein style (wrapped in a big piece of lettuce). Or shape into 8 thinner patties and serve on an EarthGrains Thinbun (or other 100-calorie bread product). Either of these options will make this whole meal 1 carb serving.
If you have 2 carb servings to work with (Phases 2 and 3):
Shape into 6 larger patties and serve on a normal hamburger bun (pictured). This will make the meal 2 carb servings.
Heat skillet over medium heat, and add 2 Tb. olive oil. Fry each patty in the oil on each side, until browned and heated through. (On the second side I added a slice of cheese so it’d melt a bit in the pan.)
P90x Nutrition Plan Servings:
- Carb servings depending on how you prepare it, above.
- Add 1/2 cup worth of vegis (tomato, lettuce, sprouts, mushrooms, etc.) and it’ll provide 1/2 vegi serving.
- Add 3 oz. avocado and it’ll provide 1 fat serving.
- Add 1 oz. low-fat cheddar cheese and it’ll provide 1 dairy serving.
- Add 1 1/2 Tb. worth of condiments – ketchup, mustard, low-fat mayo, BBQ sauce, etc. – and it’ll provide 1 condiment serving. (I’m counting the condiments in the burgers themselves as 1/2.)
- Add 2 slices of cooked turkey bacon (<sniff>), it’ll provide 1 protein serving.
P.S. While I enjoyed the flavor a lot, my hubby thought it was too mild. Or, I should say, when I asked if anything needed to be added he said “maybe some spices.” He seriously thought I hadn’t added anything to the beans! LOL. Either he has no taste-buds or mine are super sensitive, I don’t know! The result is that I’m considering this one a bit of a work in progress. I’ve given you a slightly spiced-up version (when I made it, I used a bit less garlic salt, less onion powder, and no pepper). If any of you try variations that give it more flavor and kick, please do share!
P.P.S. If any of you clicked on this recipe because you’ve been jonesing for a hamburger and thought it was a burger recipe, you could very easily make this with ultra-lean ground beef or ground turkey instead! If you make 6 oz. patties, count them as 2 protein servings, and just serve them on a normal whole-wheat hamburger bun for one carb serving.
More later! =)
- CJ =)