Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bean Burgers and Breaded Zucchini Sticks

Happy Wednesday!  Last night for supper I made Melomeals 3 Ingredient Bean Burgers and HH's Breaded Zucchini Sticks.  Melody's bean burger recipe can be found here.    These are some great tasting burgers to make when you are in a hurry and don't have the time to chop up lots of veggies.  For the beans, I  used a can of kidney beans and a can of vegetarian beans.   Lindsay's recipe for the Breaded Zucchini Sticks can be found here.  These were so good!  Way better than the deep fried version that I usually make.  Instead of making my own bread crumbs, I used some store bought whole wheat ones that I had in the pantry.   Also, her recipe says to cook them for 15-20 minutes, which may be great for most people, but we didn't feel like they were done enough for us.  I ended up cooking them for 30 plus minutes and then turning on the broiler to slightly brown the top.  I could have made my meal off the these alone! 

Those pickles you see on my plate are some of my homemade pickles.  :o)   My mom (my food critic) said they tasted good, but they weren't crispy like they were supposed to be (eyes rolling).  I knew they probably wouldn't be crispy from most of the reviews that I read before I made them, but least she said they tasted good...right?  :o)  Most of the foods that I like, she doesn't like now.  She says I make things too spicy for her.  It's funny how things have changed since I've become a vegan.  I like all kinds of things now and love trying new foods.  I find that my mom only eats a few select foods, and isn't so gung ho on trying new things.  I guess you could say that she is set in her ways at the age of 82.  It's funny how the roles have gotten reversed trough the years.  I never wanted to try anything new when I was a kid.  I only liked certain things and that was it, but she would always try to get me to try them....sorta like I do her now.   ;) 

 Kroger had there Larabar's on sale this past week buy 10 for $10.  Well, you know I had to take advantage of that, so I bought 10.  I searched for the blueberry muffin flavor, but it wasn't to be found, but I did come across this pecan pie bar.   I used to love pecan pie in my pre veg days, so I was pretty excited to try it.  When you open it, it smells exactly like a pecan pie.  I don't know that it really taste like pecan pie, but it's very good.



  1. Sounds like you found some yummy recipes. I make homemade pickles too, but sometimes they turn out great and other times iffy. But, it's the same recipe each time. Eh, we do what we can.

  2. That is funny about how your roles reversed with your mom. My parents are pretty set in what they'll eat, too.

    The zucchini strips sound great & I'll have to check out those burgers. :)

  3. LOL, your mom sounds like my parents too with not trying new foods as they get older. But at least she decided to become vegan! Great deal on the Larabars, makes me wish we had a Krogers near us as so many people seem to find great deals there!

  4. You have the best Larabar sales! I'm jealous. The burger looks great but the bread it's on looks even better! What kind of bread is that? I could also totally go for some of those zucchini sticks. Yeah.

  5. I saw the title of this post on my Blogroll and I knew it was going to be awesome, and it is! Everything looks amazing and those zucchini sticks especially! I'll have to check out the burgers too. And that is definitely an amazing deal on Larabars!

  6. Oh yeah, Melody's 3 ingredient burgers are always around at my house too. I love them. Did you see Stacy's post, where she says that if you use chili or lentil stew or any other nicely spiced bean leftovers around they work really well in the burgers instead of the plain beans and onion mix...if you have them around, it's a great way to use up leftovers. I tried it with some drunken beans and the burgers were delish.

    Those zucchini sticks do look awesome. I'm definitely going to check those out!

    It's funny how things evolve. I totally get you. My mum's 85 and while she's always been a well rounded eater, my food world is much wider. She tries my food so long as she doesn't think it would upset her tummy. :)

  7. blessedmamma - I also made some freezer pickles, but I haven't tried those yet. I need to try them next to see how they turned out.

    Molly - you need to try the zucchini sticks and the burgers. I think you'll like both. I know you'll like the zucchini sticks for sure!

    VeganMom - Aren't parents funny? :o) I had much rather have a Whole Foods or Trader Joes instead of all the Krogers that we have. I think we have one on every corner...ha

    foodfeud - I think the Larabar sales is the only thing that Kroger has going for them. ;) The bread came from Tony's sister. They had several loves of bread left over from when they closed their coffee shop a couple of months ago. I've requested the info from her on to where she got it. You have to keep it in the freezer and unfortunately it's in a clear name. It is so good though. You would love it. It has flax seeds and some kind of nuts in it. I'm going to be sad when it's all gone.

    VaVa - The zucchini sticks really were good. I do like the Larabars, but I rarely buy them unless they are on sale.

    Rose - I checked out Stay's post...thanks for the link. Sadly I had never been to her blog. I bet your bean burgers were good with drunken beans...YUM!
    My mom has gotten to where she will ask me what's in it before she will try

  8. I haven't thought about breaded zucchini in YEARS, and now I want some!!! Noms!

  9. Interesting about your Mom. I always say, a closed mind is the sign of old age. My Dad got old in his 50's, totally closed his mind. But my Mom stays young because she's open to new things like computers etc.