As I mentioned recently, I took an exam this morning. I wish I could say it went smoothly, but all I can say is that I came home and pretty immediately started baking a cake. That says it all.
In any case, enough grim exam talk. Instead, let’s talk instead about the hurry up vegan meal I made on Monday night, T-3 nights before the big test. There wasn’t much time to cook, given the laundry list of equations I was supposed to memorize. But this meal came together almost instantly, making it a perfect pre-exam recipe–and a keeper for busy times.
This dinner was easy for a few reasons. First, I made a few things beforehand, and I also used my pantry. The night before, I stuck some brown rice in my rice cooker and let the machine take over. The cooked rice was put in the fridge overnight. I had canned black beans and a ton of fresh corn on hand, both of which went into the burgers. In wintertime, having a giant bag of frozen corn, or even some organic cans, would work just as well for the whole meal.
On the menu:
The salad was self explanatory: just a big bowl of greens, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, cucumber, and my new red pepper dressing, which I love.
And here are the burgers, which are the latest in my eternal quest to make the perfect veggie burger. I’ve had some successes in this department, like my ridiculously healthy black bean, yam, and millet burgers:
Or, in the raw department, my spinach burgers:
All personal favorites, except that they’re usually preceded by some struggle! I have a really hard time getting the texture and flavor of veggie burgers right. Typically my MO is to add too little binding agent (oats, potato, grain, whatever), then too much, so I end up with a gummy burger and the spices get cut in half. The following black bean burgers took some adjusting (and I tweaked what I did vs. what I’m posting a little), but the final result was great, and the leftovers even better.
What a stupendous meal these turned into! Along with the soup and salad, a perfect dinner.
And right now is a perfect bedtime for this very tired lady. Night, friends.
Photographs courtesy of Lighter.