We’re trying to reduce food waste after I saw this article about Food Waste (be sure to click through to the infographic!) and watching Dive.
Tonight dinner time came around. I had a cup of quinoa leftover at the bottom of the bag, which isn’t enough to do anything with to serve the family. Or is it?
I cooked the quinoa thinking about some quinoa based veggie burgers I had seen recently. Then I got into the anti-food waste spirit!
2 cups leftover hopping john
1 cup of leftover cooked collard greens and some of the liquid for processing
1/2 of a leftover green bell pepper
1/2 of a leftover yellow onion
1 can garbanzo beans-rinsed
2 tsp chopped garlic
I ran all that in the Vitamix until it was a hummus like consistency. You could use a food processor. I stirred in the cooked quinoa. I formed 6 largish “burger patties” by using a large spoon and thwapping it into the skillet with a bit of heated oil. I fried them until brown on both sides. I also made 6 mini meatloaves in the oven. (I just put the mixture in the muffin pan and baked.)
I served on hamburger buns with leaf lettuce, tomato and mustard.
Note: They aren’t a veggie burger for people who expect a “meat” like burger.
Verdict: Easy, popular, and no “I can’t eat more reheated greens and Hoppin’ John.” guilt