I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Courtney again last week, and relished the opportunity to enjoy her cooking. My gratitude for having food prepared for me by others is immense; it is such a novel experience to sit at the dinner table and have a plate handed to me that I can eye with anticipation rather than anxiety. She always does such a wonderful job coming up with thoughtfully prepared meals that adhere to my lengthy list of food restrictions. On my last evening at her lovely country home, she prepared delicious veggie burgers made with quinoa, pistachios, cashews and chickpeas, and I just had to figure out a way to replicate them in my own home. I was happy to have come up with a similar recipe the other night that both my husband and I loved. I served them over a bed of baby arugula with a homemade basil avocado mayo and celeriac fries. I topped my husband's with sauteed red peppers, and mine with roasted fennel. Thank you so much, Courtney, for the inspiration!
1/2 CUP QUINOA
2 TBS TEFF
1 1/4 CUPS WATER
1/4 CUP SUNFLOWER SEEDS
2 TBS FLAXMEAL
1 TBS TEFF FLOUR
1 TBS TAPIOCA FLOUR
1/2 TSP SMOKED SEA SALT (I USE SMOKED MEXICAN, A BLACK SALT)
1/4 CUP CANNED GARBANZO BEANS
4 TBS LIQUID FROM CAN OF BEANS, OR ADDITIONAL WATER
1/4 CUP ROASTED PISTACHIOS, CHOPPED
COOK QUINOA AND TEFF ON STOVETOP. TOAST SUNFLOWER SEEDS IN PAN ON STOVE, AND GRIND IN FOOD PROCESSOR TO A MEAL. MIX FLAXMEAL, FLOURS AND SALT WITH THE SUNFLOWER SEED MEAL. MIX COOKED QUINOA & TEFF IN WITH MIXTURE. SLIGHTLY MASH BEANS WITH A FORK, MIX THEM AND PISTACHIOS WITH THE OTHER INGREDIENTS. FORM INTO PATTIES. HEAT PAN ON STOVE, GENEROUSLY COAT PAN WITH GRAPESEED OIL, AND COOK PATTIES UNTIL BROWNED ON EACH SIDE.
MAKES ABOUT 6 BURGERS
BASIL AVOCADO MAYO
1/2 CUP HEMPMILK
JUICE OF 1 LEMON
1/4 TSP SEA SALT
ABOUT 1/2 CUP FRESH BASIL LEAVES
PROCESS ALL INGREDIENTS IN A FOOD PROCESSOR OR BLENDER UNTIL PUREED. SERVE ON BURGERS AND USE AS A DIP FOR FRIES.