Friday, November 19, 2010

K.A.L.E. G.O.N.E.

This is the fuel that started my day.
Kinda looks weird, my photos have been a little off lately.  It is just so much darker in the house!  Do not fret, friends, it was a delicious and simple bowl of oats.  The oats I have been cooking with lately are 1 minute oats.  They were given to me as leftovers from the beach retreat, so I eat what I have.  I actually like how creamy they become compared to whole rolled oats. 

This mix included
1/3 cup quick oats
2/3 cup water
1/2 mashed banana

Stirred together and microwaved for 2 minutes.  Topped with raisins and pumpkin butter.  The banana mixed with the oats contributed to the creaminess and gave it a nice sweet flavor without any added sugar (except in the pumpkin butter). 

I have returned to hot oats versus the cold variety.  The cooler weather is sinking into my bones and I increasingly need hot things to eat and drink.  At MJ's last night I even ordered hot water to drink because they didn't have any herbal teas.  I just couldn't bare the thought of ice water!  Thankfully the waitress located a green tea bag and I was satisfied.  I don't think I have ever had plain hot water before, but I am certainly willing to try! 

Dinner last night was a winner.  And as most meals are these days, this one was prepared by the great Mr. Kummerow!  Adapted from a recipe at (never home) maker, these black bean burgers held together better than any variety we have attempted before.  If you are looking for a hamburger substitute, this isn't it, the texture is still that of a homemade vegan burger, but we really enjoyed the flavor and how well they held their shape. 

Kale and Black Bean Burgers
1 can black beans drained and rinsed well
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tbsp shoyu or soy sauce
2 cups raw kale
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
~1/3 cup whole wheat flour

In large mixing bowl combine oats, rice and flour

In food processor combine black beans, onion, kale and shoyu until well chopped, but not pureed.  You want the mixture to be a little chunky.  Add a dash of sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Combine the food processor mix into the flour mixture.  Add a few tablespoons of flour if necessary.  You want the mixture to hold together but a little sticky is ok.

Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat to medium.  Shape "meat" into patties and place in pan, cooking 4-5 minutes on each side until brown and a little crispy.  The patty should be heated through.  We topped ours with a little Daiya cheese and mixture of pumpkin puree with liquid smoke and red pepper flakes. 

Served open face on a piece of sprouted toast with a side of kale chips.
And finally....the Kale is GONE!

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