As a devoted Whole Foods lover, I often enjoy their Bella Burger , well maybe a little too often :) Since my tastebuds have been crying for acchange, I have started looking for a recipe that I could re-create at home.
I really like Angela's healthy, vegan recipes with a kick.
Our Perfect Veggie Burger
Crunchy, chewy, with a crispy outer shell, these delicious veggie burgers have all the right elements we love in a veggie burger. Light on the beans, these burgers aren’t mushy in the middle, but have a nice mixture of breadcrumbs, chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, and seasonings to round them out. Best of all, they work great in the oven, frying pan, or even on the BBQ. They can also be made gluten-free by using gluten-free oats, Tamari, and breadcrumbs. Don’t have breadcrumbs? Just process a few slices of bread in the food processor for instant breadcrumbs e.g. 3 slices of Ezekiel bread.
Yield: 8 burgers
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
Flax eggs: 2.5 tbsp ground flax + 1/2 cup warm water, mixed in bowl
1 cup oats, processed into flour* (other flours might work)
1.5 cups bread crumbs (I processed 3 pieces of Ezekiel bread until fine crumb)*
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed and roughly pureed or mashed
Heaping 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (or fresh herb of choice)
1/3 cup almonds, chopped (toasted if preferred)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, (toasted if preferred)
1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Tamari (soy sauce)
1.5 tsp chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp kosher salt)
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F (if baking). In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in 1/2 tbsp oil. Mix your flax egg together in a small bowl and set aside for at least 10 mins while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. 2. Place all ingredients (except spices and salt) into a large mixing bowl and stir very well. Now, add seasonings and salt to taste. 3. With slightly wet hands, shape dough into patties. Pack dough tightly as this will help it stick together. I made 8 medium patties. 4. Cooking methods: You can fry the burgers in a bit of oil on a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. If baking in the oven, bake for 25-30 mins (15-17 minutes on each side) at 350F, until golden and crisp. For the BBQ, pre-bake the burgers for about 15 minutes in oven before placing on a pre-heated grill until golden and crisp on each side. Our preferred method of cooking was frying in the skillet!! GF Note: To make these burgers gluten-free, use certified GF oats, GF Tamari, and gluten-free breadcrumbs.
A short and sweet preview from Manuel Ocampo's upcoming solo exhibition at the Tyler Rollings Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea, New York. The exhibition is scheduled to take place from November 8 - December 22, 2012.
Manuel Ocampo: The View Through the Bull of a Manual Laborer of Menagerie Gussied Over White Ground: 20 Years of Self-Loathing and Intestinal Mishaps
UWS is my second favorite playground after downtown. Meet Slightly Oliver, an all-the-way-on-the-UWS bar (helmed by an all-time-favorite-of-mine Apotheke’s original mixologist—yes, the guy who lit the bar on fire) that’s using an in-house chemistry set to create the cocktails of tomorrow, now open.
Located at 511 Amsterdam Ave ( between 84th and 85th) 212-362-1098.
Here's a sneak peak at their cocktail menu...
Food Inspired Cocktails, A True Culinary Experience Cocktails from around the world using Infusions, Elixir’s
Animal Prints are sooo in AGAIN!!! Let's channel our inner Marilyn Monroe and go for a pair of animal-print pants? As Hilary Rhoda demonstrates, you can keep things in the neutral family, while creating an outfit that's anything ;)
With the holdidays behind us and Valentines Day ahead, one question remains the same: what to get for the fashionable fella in our lives?
Using the uber cool Ryan Gosling - whom I have bumped into multiple times in East Village this past summer ( yes, he is even more adorable in person and super down to earth) - as our muse, here is a few ideas you might want to consider.
Rag & Bone City Case ($290)
I am not crazy about the idea of a man purse, but a chic and professional case that stores his computer and work essentials is an entirely acceptable accessory. The City Case by Rag & Bone is our top pick this season, thanks to its sturdy design and stylish mix of brown and black leather. Even better: its considerable size means it can double as an overnight bag too! Versatile and cool? Yes, please!
The Elder Statesman Bunny Echo Ribbed Cashmere Beanie Hat ($230)
If you'd like to give your guy a beanie this year, make sure it's the Elder Statesman Bunny Echo Ribbed Cashmere Beanie Hat. The high quality, uniquely soft blue cashmere elevates this typically utilitarian piece, making it a truly luxe and cozy fashion find he'll want to wear all winter long. If you'd like to snag a thriftier option, do check out J. Crew's Cashmere Beanie Hat ($58) too.
Nixon The Sentry Leather Watch ($550)
A nice watch can add some polish to any look and is an accessory he'll wear every day, which is why we believe it's important to invest in a truly luxurious option, like this one from Nixon. Designed exclusively for Barneys New York, this is one collaboration that happens to be perfect for you both-fashionable to you and cool to him! The minimalist, all-noir design gives the piece modern look, while the leather wrist strap lends itself to a comfortable fit, so it's an all-around winner in our book.
The Black Keys El Camino ($24) in Vinyl
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Black Keys!!!! And for any guy who is a fan of The Black Keys-and let's be honest, they either are or they should be-you can expect to find the duo's newly released album, El Camino, high on their wish list. Sure, you can snag the CD or download it on iTunes, but we happen to think that the vinyl version would make for a more thoughtful and cool gift idea, don't you?
Zara Leather Ankle Boots($129)
They say the first thing you notice about a man are his shoes, so why not ensure he makes a great impression with Zara's Leather Ankle Boots! We love a lace-up boot and think this slightly worn-in version will definitely bring that sexy, rough-and-tumble element to all of his casual ensembles. He will look so good, it's practically a gift for you too!
UP by Jawbone Wristband + iPhone App ($99)
This wristband from UP by Jawbone would be a seriously cool gift for anyone, but we think the tech-savvy, health-oriented man in your life would especially get a kick out of it. The wristband works together with its iPhone app to help you live a healthier life by tracking your daily activity, sleep patterns, and even meals. It's even designed to vibrate when you have been inactive too long, reminding you that you need to move around. And that's not all! This amazing wristband also doubles as an alarm clock, which vibrates to wake you up at the best moment in your natural sleep just before your desired wake time. Do yourself and your man a favor and pre-order one today!
Polaroid Z340 Instant Digital Camera ($300)
If the man you're shopping for is always up on the latest technology, we've got the perfect gift idea to ensure you're on his "favorite" list this year: Polaroid's Z340 Instant Digital Camera. The latest generation of the Polaroid features a full-functioning digital camera and printer that transforms images into 3x4" photos instantly, so you can share them with friends and family right after you take them. We have a feeling this will be a hit come New Year's Eve!-Jessica Baker