After yesterday’s Neighborhood Friendsgiving (and the customary 2nd dinner last night) I was left with half of a 24 pound turkey. I’ve been trying to think of recipes that will incorporate all that delicious turkey, and none of them were appealing to me after a whole day of eating (and drinking) too much. Turkey soup and hot turkey sandwiches just don’t sound good when you’re already turkey-ed out and feeling fat. I was racking my brain for a lighter alternative to the traditional leftover turkey recipes, and one that didn’t incorporate stuffing or cranberry sauce (2nd dinner is for that). I think you’ll find that your belly and waistline will thank you when you give this recipe a try.
Veggie burgers seem like they would be easy to make, but they’re not! It can be really hard to get the right ratio of wet to dry ingredients so that the burger is moist but not mushy and so that it stays together while cooking. They are so tasty though! I’ve tried to make these a few times with different ratios and ingredients (which Miles hates because it means he’s not getting a real burger), and this is what I have found to be the best. The secret to keeping the burger together during cooking is chilling it for an hour before, plus the addition of an egg white. The flavor of the burger is meaty due to the black beans and addition of BBQ sauce, and there are bits of corn, green chiles and carrots which gives a variation in flavor as well.
I made this for lunch this past Sunday after Miles and I came back from camping at the beach (actually Miles camped, I went home and slept in our bed like a wimp). I had a spaghetti squash in the pantry and some broccoli that I needed to use. I’ve made this basic dish before with pasta, but apparently I only cook with spaghetti squash now (like in this recipe), so I just subbed it in.
Perfectly garlicky, filling, and vegetarian, this was a great Sunday lunch for two.