TVP Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello Buns


TVP Cacciatore Burgers on mini Portobello buns with horseradish mayo sauce. Mmmmmm. We were so excited about these delicious morsels that I almost forgot to take a photo. The oldest mostly vegetarian son got irritated with the dinner disruption and declared, “Mom! Why are you always stopping dinner to take a picture of your food!?”
These little babies can hold up to grilling. Success. And they taste awesome.

1 c. dry TVP
1 c. chicken flavored vegetable broth
8 oz. sliced crimini mushrooms
1/2 red pepper
1/2 medium onion
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons low sodium tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
1 c. oat flour (or instant oats pureed into flour)
6 mini Portobello mushroom caps (for buns)
For the sauce:
2-3 tablespoons of mayo (regular, or vegan)
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
Re-hydrate the TVP with boiling chicken flavored broth. Pulse together in a food processor: onion, red pepper, garlic, and crimini mushrooms until chopped extremely small (do NOT puree). Let the TVP cool to room temperature. Drain off excess liquid. In a mixing bowl, combine TVP, mushroom mixture, oat flour, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and parmesan cheese until well blended. Divide and make into 8 patties. The patties are now ready to bake or grill until browned on both sides.
*We grilled our patties at 400 degrees for 5 minutes each side. We also grilled the Portobello buns.
Apply a dollop of horseradish mayo and enjoy!


Grilled Artichokes

Here in Michigan, we are about to start peak artichoke season. They are available at every grocery store and usually very inexpensive to purchase. I picked up 2 yesterday and we grilled them for dinner last night. They may look scary, but whole artichokes are like candy to us. Here is how to grill an amazing whole artichoke:
1 whole artichoke
2-3 garlic cloves chopped
1 lemon (1 teaspoon of lemon zest and the juice of the lemon)
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of melted butter (real butter or Earth Balance)
Fill a large stock pot with water (more than halfway) and bring to a boil. Trim the artichoke stem; leaving 1 inch. Cut the artichoke in half. Take a paring knife and cut just below the choke (the little hairs inside). Take a spoon and scrap out the choke. Add the de-choked artichokes to the water and boil for 20-30 minutes.
Take the artichokes out and let them drain. Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Grill at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, marinating the artichokes with the lemon and garlic mixture.

*We did not bother to trim the leaf prickers, but you may want to.