We swung by Trader Joe's on the way home (I haven't been there in forever it seems like, months at least). I grabbed some hummus, tabouli and these yummy looking 'vegetable masala' burgers. Oh, and a chocolate bar...because i'm addicted to sweets.
I made a small side salad to eat before the burgers. Some romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, sliced avocado topped off with a creamy ceaser dressing I made last week.
Then came the burgers - they were so cute! I wish I would have taken a photo of them before I cooked them. They were really golden and filled with veggies and just smelled great. The burgers are made from potatoes, carrots, green beans, corn, bell peppers and "indian" spices. I panfried them, my fave way to cook a burger. Mondo and I differed on how we wanted it plated. He wanted it on a hamburger bun, we had none I soon realized, so he opted for some ciabatta rolls we had from the farmers market. He liked his plain, with just some vegannaise slathered on.
I wasn't in the mood for that, so I opted for mine on pita. I sliced it in half and spread some hummus on the bottom portions, chopped up the veggie patty a bit and stuffed it in there and piled some tabouli on top. I suppose I could have used a chutney or yogurt sauce to keep it 'authentic', but I was really craving this and it tasted perfect!
Usually I make my own burgers from different ingredients (beans, lentils, etc), but I would love to keep these on hand for nights like these! Such a wonderful flavor and texture! I kind of get grossed out by meaty looking vegan burgers, because they look so real and have a similar texture to meat. These reminded me of a potato cake or something similar.
Dinner was good and is now out of the way, so on to making blueberry muffins! I'll be sure to post the results later. I leave you with a funny picture of one of our dogs, Ruby Lynn. She's trying to help out with the recycling by cleaning out the empty peanut butter jar. Such a helper.