My boyfriend of 9 months, Matt, is supportive of my vegan lifestyle… Which I appreciate for many reasons. Living in Texas, it isn’t very easy to find a man who will embrace your tofu, your hemp-filled pillows, and you so lovingly. THE plan is for him to move in with me next month; MY plan is to make vegan eating at home as enjoyable and tasty as possible, so that he will eventually come over to the vegan dark side…. MUAHAHA. Anyway- the new tradition is that once per week he comes over for a homemade, yummy, meat-free meal made by your’s truly. Anyone who knows me well knows that a domestic goddess I am not, so we need fool-proof recipes to start.
This week, I made SPICY CHICKPEA VEGGIE BURGERS. I love love LOVE this recipe! And the smoke alarm only went off once!
- Mash up a can of chickpeas (drained and washed) into a bowl.
- Add half of a red onion (diced), 1 small zucchini (finely grated), 3 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro, 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of Sirracha sauce, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 2 teaspoons of black pepper, ½ teaspoon of sea salt, and 1 cup of quick oats.
- Mix it all together well with your hands, then form about 6 patties.
- Fry with a little oil (about 3 minutes/side).
I served mine up on whole wheat buns with vegan mayo, lettuce, and avocado… But that part is up to you. Not to ring my own bell, but this is the best veggie burger I’ve tasted to date! Matt loved them too, and had another one for lunch the next day. Thus, my evil plan to veganize my boyfriend is put into motion… Stay tuned!