Everybody has a go to meal – the one fixed when time is short, nerves are frayed, and everyone is starving. Mine was hamburger on a plate with a potato and a green vegetable. Slap the burgers in the pan, the potatoes in the oven, and steam the frozen goodies. That was the so-called healthy quick food my former self offered regularly. Everyone needed to dress up the naked potatoes with something – butter, sour cream, gravy… Steamed green beans beside all that grease, well it is no surprise that vegetables were force fed. Making a sweeping change in eating habits is very hard to do AND to maintain. So how to make it easier?
I had to come up with something fast. The obvious solution was a look-alike substitute. My new go-to substitute is NutBurgs. [My own jargon.] I can still accessorize them with a potato and frozen vegs if I am too tired for words, or I can get a little fancier and healthier and cut up fresh vegetables with herbs. Either way vegetable sides are pretty easy to throw together. More on the those later.
I scanned the online recipes for veggie burgers and my favorite of them is the original recipe below. The variation is a more efficient use of ingredients, but tastes about the same. The Throw Together version is easiest, most efficient and tastes by far the best, in my opinion.
When I throw the ingredients together to make burgers like the ones pictured, I add a couple of handfuls of chopped pecans or chopped walnuts. It gives the burgers a nice texture. If you like a zing in your food, add your favorite hot pepper to the mix.
Find or create a substitute meal for your go-to. Having it in your mind and back pocket helps you through the witching hours.