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Eat This: Veggie burger with summer ale.

Okay, we’re often asked, “You’re Vegan? What do you eat?”

So, we’re starting a regular feature today that tries to answer the question as simply, demonstratively and as manly as possible.

We’ll call it, “Eat this.”

Here’s what we made for lunch yesterday.

Veggie Burger, with arugula, tomatoes, onions, and sauteed mushrooms. Topped with spicy brown mustard.
Veggie Burger, with arugula, tomatoes, onions, and sauteed mushrooms. Topped with spicy brown mustard.

Since going the full Vegan, we’ve had little use for Costco (although we’re big fans of their management style); but aside from toilet paper and dog food, we really don’t need a pallet of frozen pizzas, frozen shrimp or frozen, frozen things that we’re not sure about, but were sure tasty.

But on our last dog food and hygiene run, we came across some fresh Vegan patties from Don Lee Farms and decided to try them out.

Any pre-made patty, even all vegetable, are technically “processed” foods, and most whole-food zealots will balk at anything not home made (That’s whole foods, lower case, not upper case as in the overpriced grocery chain run by a fool, which also has its share of zealots.)

So be it, but we have bills, gym memberships, kids colleges  and bartenders to pay, so sometimes we don’t have time to make our own patties.

The ingredients here are: Fresh vegetables (carrots, onions, celery, bell peppers); bread crumbs (wheat flour); sunflower seeds; flour; salt; carrageenan; soybean oil; spice; natural flavor.

These ingredients yield a very mild or indistinguishable flavor, and quite frankly, a Veggie patty that doesn’t give you a decent jolt of protein (usually from Soy), is somewhat of a waste.  The patty, at least didn’t fall apart. (Tip, brush liberally with olive oil BEFORE placing on the grill or pan, so the patties don’t stick).

But like any burger, the real flavor comes from the fixings, which in this case included fresh Arugula; sliced tomatoes, sliced fresh onions, and sauteed mushrooms. Served with spicy brown mustard and a Summer Brew from Trader Joes, and “ta da” a guy’s lunch in literally 5 minutes.



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