Friday, May 23, 2008

Mar-a-Vegan Burger

I was channel surfing last week and came across Oprah doing her "Favorite Things" show. The first fave thing she mentioned, which turned out to be the reason why she decided to do this episode, was a turkey burger she had at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The chef Jeff O'Neill was on her show and gave the recipe that Oprah was raving about.

It actually sounded pretty good except for the ground turkey. I've never made a burger from scratch before but it didn't look too difficult. I rounded up all the ingredients and subbed in 2 cans of organic chickpeas, and the result was...the best veggie burger ever! Like really. Mmm! I can already imagine several tasty variations. I put the extras in the freezer seperated by wax paper so I can just grab them to cook one at a time. Sorry if the pic isn't that great, I was more interested in eating it than making it photogenic. But trust me, it tasted great.
Also on the topic of Oprah, then I learned that she just started a 21-day vegan cleanse. I hope she can inspire others to give veganism a try :)

My Mar-a-Vegan burger was followed by a dessert I thought I would never have again. Jell-o! Well, as close as I can get. I guess we could call it

1/2 tsp agar-agar
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 cup fruit juice
1 strawberry, sliced

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into glass, set strawberry on top (this will end up being the bottom). Refrigerate for approximately 3 hours. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, but I am only 1 person so I kept it small.

1 comment:

Avery Yale Kamila said...

That burger looks so yummy! Apples -- who would have thought? I'll have to try it. Love the Agar-O too!