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Party Like a Vegetarian!

May 30, 2017

'Tis the season for backyard barbeques and Vegetarians can often feel left out of the grilling mix. But, have no fear! We are sharing some of our favorite party-pleasing Vegetarian recipes that are sure to make your guests-- even those carnivorous party-goers-- full and happy!


Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers


½ cup quinoa

1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)

6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped (¼ cup)

1 ½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

2 tsp. dried steak seasoning

8 whole-grain hamburger buns



Stir together quinoa and 1 ½ cups water (or substitute Worcestershire sauce) in small saucepan, and season with salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. (You should have 1½ cups cooked quinoa.)


Meanwhile, place onion and sun-dried tomatoes in medium nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat. (The oil left on the tomatoes should be enough to sauté the onion.) Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion has softened. Stir in ¾ cup black beans, garlic, steak seasoning, and 1½ cups water. Simmer 9 to 11 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.


Transfer bean-onion mixture to food processor, add ¾ cup cooked quinoa, and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl, and stir in remaining ¾ cup quinoa and remaining ¾ cup black beans. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and cool.


Preheat oven to 350°F, and generously coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape bean mixture into 8 patties (½ cup each), and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until patties are crisp on top. Flip patties with spatula, and bake 10 minutes more, or until both sides are crisp and brown.


Serve on buns with your favorite condiments. 


Tip: We recommend dressing your burger with a Chipotle sauce/salad dressing.


Tip#2: We also recommend serving alongside veggie crisps, fresh fruit, and popcorn.


Nutrition Information:

Calories:  215, Protein:  9 g, Total Fat:  3 g, Saturated Fat:  <1g, Carbohydrates:  40 g, Cholesterol:  0 mg, Sodium:  438 mg, Fiber:  6 g,

Sugar:  5 g, Yield:  Serves 8




Oyster Mushroom Ceviche

This play on seafood ceviche can be served in martini glasses with plantain chips, or prepared as a passed appetizer in ceramic Asian spoons.



1 Tbs. vegetable oil

1 lb. oyster mushrooms, trimmed and pulled apart into small pieces

2 cups pineapple juice

1 medium red bell pepper, diced (1 cup)

6 hearts of palm, halved and sliced

1 avocado, finely diced (1 cup)