A perfect weather day.

08 Apr

If I had to rate today’s weather on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being awful and 10 being awesome, I would have to rate it an 11. As soon as I got back from work, I ate a couple of cookies (no idea why I did that!), changed and ran outside to play with the boys. We played some tennis and some football. I even managed to squeeze in a 1 mile walk/run and some gardening this evening. Over all, I could not have asked for a better evening.
After a while, I left my husband and boys playing outside and came in to make dinner. I wanted to make some light and healthy but most importantly quick. Could it get any healthier than the veggie soy burger patties I had lying around in the freezer? I think not. So veggie burger for dinner it was. It was a perfect complement to the heavier dinner of yesterday.
I had cabbage in the refrigerator, so I was going to make a slaw to top the burger with.

Veggie burger marinated in Girard's champagne dressing, served topped with spicy orange slaw, tomato, cucumber and a little bit of mayo and served over rye bread.

Veggie burger and slaw
**Makes 4 sandwiches
*For the burger :
4 veggie soy burger patties (I purchase these from Costco)
1/3 cup Girard’s Champagne dressing – Available at most grocery stores
12 rye bread slices – toasted or pan-fried (I did the latter right before building the burger)
1 tbsp oil or butter if pan frying the bread
*For the slaw:
2 cups thinly sliced onions slivers
1 cup packet thinly sliced cabbage
1/2 cup packed thinly sliced potato slivers
3/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp orange marmalade
2.5 tbsp olive oil
*Other toppings:
Tomato slices
Cucumber slices
Mayo – as much or as little as you like

Soy and veggie burger patties. They taste really boring. Wonder what could rescue them?

Girard's Champagne dressing to the rescue!!

1. Pour the Girard’s dressing over the veggie burger patties. Mix to coat the patties with the dressing. Set aside.
2. In a large saute pan, add the oil. Let the oil get really hot.
3. Once the oil is really hot, add the cumin, turmeric, salt, chili powder and marmalade. Mix well. Cook for 15-20 seconds. Do not let the spices burn.
4. Add the potatoes, onion and cabbage. Mix well to combine the vegetables and the spices. Keep stirring. Let the vegetables caramelize but they should not get burnt. Once the vegetables are cooked, transfer the slaw to a plate. Set aside.

Spicy Orange Slaw.

5. In the same pan, add the veggie burger patties. Cook till the patties are seared and cooked and look like a beef patty which is cooked to medium rare perfection. Set aside.
6. Turn the flame down to medium, add 1 tbsp oil or butter. And toast the bread in the oil or butter goodness to your liking.
7. Start layering the burger. On a plate, lay a slice of toasted bread. Place a cooked veggie patty on top of the bread and place as much or as little of the slaw as you like. Then place a slice of bread on top of the slaw. On this second bread slice, place tomato slices, some more slaw, some cucumber slices and some mayo. Top this with another slice of bread.

Rye bread topped with veggie patty and spicy orange slaw

Layer 2 - second slice of bread topped with tomato, more slaw, cucumber and some mayo

Veggie burger with slaw is now served.

8. Cut in half. Serve with some fruit on the side.

Please let me know what you thought of the recipe if you do try it.

Till next time,

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Dinner


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