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I got a big ass homegrown zucchini from a family friend the other day and already have pickled, sautéed and grilled it. The funny thing is it’s so damn big there’s still more than half left. I love zucchini and there’s something about homegrown that tastes so much better. Tonight I decided to make some veggie burgers…
Shredded and squeezed the zucchini to release excess water and set aside
Chopped 1 onion and 4 cloves of garlic
Bread crumbs and eggs help bind everything together
2 cups of shredded zucchini, 1 chopped and sauteed onion, garlic, 2 cups of bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 1 cup of cheese and some tomato paste for flavor makes about 5 patties.
After everything is mixed together it shouldn’t be watery. If it is add more bread crumbs…
Giving the patty a good sear on both sides help give it great texture
For those of you that don’t know chorizo is a staple in Mexican cuisine. It’s commonly used in breakfast to make chorizo con huevos (fried chorizo with scrambled eggs) but also can be included in tacos, burritos and tortas. Almost anything you make with ground meat you can substitute with chorizo as long as you remember it’s already heavily seasoned with chili powder, paprika, etc. This brings me to this little gem at Trader Joe’s- Soy Chorizo. There’s a couple different foods I love that can never be replaced with vegetarian ingredients like a philly cheese steak, cheese burger, bratwurst and hot dogs. Those things are all about the meat and chorizo was in that category until I tried this. It’s damn good and for $2 it’s definitely worth getting.
All I did was cube up and fry a couple potatoes, season with garlic and spices and right before the potatoes were done cooking I added the soy chorizo (make sure you remove the casing). Topped it with some fresh cilantro and of course ate it with some eggs and toast. Soo good…
I first ate one of these at Taco Loco in Laguna Beach and let me tell you it’s probably one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. I think Lawrence was the one that put me up on these and there’s nothing I can ever do to repay him. Even though this is one of my favorite “go to” dishes to make for dinner, I still can’t make it exactly like TL does but it’s pretty damn close. Another good thing about this little bundle of deliciousness is it’s easy to make and it’s super healthy.
1. Slice and season your tofu like you would do a normal piece of meat and throw it on the grill. Only takes a couple minutes each side til nice and crisp.
2. Clean and slice the mushrooms (season with sea salt and pepper) and throw em in a pan with olive oil. Only takes about 5 minute on medium high heat.
3. Dice up some avocado, tomato, chopped cilantro, garlic and jalapeno peppers. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Toast whatever type of bread you please and spread with some mayo, ketchup and mustard. Done
* Just because I blog about what I cook up doesn’t make me think I’m a great chef or make me think my culinary skills are superior to yours. I try and make these recipes as basic as possible to give you an idea on how easy it is to make great food. Obviously you should keep it creative and add your own flare to em but always remember, why go out and eat when you can make it yourself.