Saturday, June 5, 2010

Spicy Beet, Shallot, and Carmelized Onion Patties with Lemon-Tahini-Avocado Remoulade

OMG this was by far the most amazing thing I have ever made!!!! Alicia Silverstone's website, had a rendition of these a few weeks back, and they looked amazing. I did change the recipe she had quite a bit, but they were really really really good!

When I told Jay we were having beet patties he responded that he would just have some broccoli. Ha ha. He did not end up eating broccoli (hehe) and he confirmed that the beet dish was one of his favorite meals ever! He is even taking some of them to the squadron for his lunch! Oh GOD THEY WERE SO GOOD! I cannot rave enough about these. Here are some more photos of these wonderful goodies.

This was how I made them: I grated three beets (raw and peeled) into a large bowl and mixed an equivalent amount of already cooked brown rice in with them. I added sea salt, vegan Worcestershire, cayenne, paprika, and a ton of garlic. I sauteed a ton of garlic, shallots, and a vidalia onion until they were all carmelized (took about 15 minutes) in olive oil and then added those to the beet mixture.  I then added about 1 cup of tiny bread crumbs.  I then formed them into patties and fried them until almost burnt (very crispy) on each side. On top, I made a sort of avocado remoulade which consisted of lemon juice, avocado, cayenne, salt, tahini, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and soy sauce. The tangy fresh cool taste of the remoulade went so so so well with the crispy, warm, dense, deep flavors in the beet patty. I served them on a very vinegar-y salad.

:) Even if you don't like beets I think you would really like these patties, they were so so wonderful and actually very healthy (except for the whole frying part! You could always bake them!) An excellent way to get in a very healthy veggie!

Here is the link to the original recipe on the kind life:

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mr. Caterpillar and Spicy Mint Lettuce Wraps

Last night I made these yummy lettuce wraps. They had onions, scallions, garlic, carrots, celery, and mushrooms diced very small and sauteed in olive oil, then add brown rice, sriacha sauce, soy sauce, and crushed fresh mint. We wrapped them in these big pieces of lettuce, and they were one of our MOST FAVORITE meals ever!!!!!!!

On another note, this lil caterpillar has been gorging himself on my herb garden. Today, after he ate almost all of my parsley, I decided to move him somewhere else in the yard....and after putting him on about five shrubs I decided I should just put him back where he liked to be, on my parsley.

And here is the parsley plant he ate.