Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Griller like burgers, grilled veggies

"Griller" like burgres, grilled veggies
I think these are the best veggie burgers I've ever made. My husband actually asked me if I made them or bought them! He said they reminded him of Grillers. I hate Grillers, because they are to "meaty" for me, but I loved these. I used Okara from 1 batch of soymilk, lentils, some cheese sauce from the macncheese, dried tvp, lipton onion soup mix, oats and a couple of tbsp vital wheat gluten. That's it. They held together perfectly after chiling for 2 hours and I grilled them, covered for 5 minutes a side in my grill pan. My only complaint was they were too salty, so next time I will not use as much soup mix or I'll just use onion flakes and a veggie cube.
The veggies were brushed with my mustard vinaigrette (I use whatever is leftover in a dijon mustard container, add apple cider vinegar, garlic, stevia and a little bit of olive oil). We go through a ton of mustard, so I have a bottle of this every week. I like to save the plastic mustard bottles to keep my other salad dressings, habanero sauce and other sauces in.

I've been having wicked bad luck lately. I had that fall over a week ago and I'm still not doing vrey well. I'm in a lot of pain and I have barely slept. I'm pretty much close to losing my sanity.. uugghh.. but I know this will pass. On Sunday, I was sitting in my room on the computer and all of a sudden, my ceiling fell down around me. I wasn't hurt, but it's really annoying and I'm waiting for my husband to either take care of it or figure out we need to hire someone. My husband and I have separate bedrooms and it's hard sleeping in here like this. I feel like it's unhealthy to breathe all of the insulation. I am a total insominac anyway, and between my injury and this I feel like I'll never sleep again. (I have to sleep with a sound machine and ear plugs and it's almost impossible for me to sleep with anyone in the room... I'm very oversensitive)..

It's going to be extremely hot here for the next 3 days and I am not planning on doing much cooking. I should have done a marathon session yesterday, but I didn't. At least I have the burgers and veggies for today. Maybe I'll be doing a raw food day!


  1. Yay more grilling ideas!

    Too bad about your ceiling now. That's totally odd. Hope you are doing okay.


  2. cripes! your ceiling fell in??? that is wicked bad luck. i'm sorry...i hate shit like that...

    but i do love grilled veggies. (on a positive note) especially asparagas.

    ever try grilling portabellos? Mmm....

  3. Didn't you know that ceilings falling down on you is a sign of good luck? Poor Mel.

    Love the Melo Burgers. Yum. What a great concotion.

    Hope you feel better soon--this, too, shall pass.

  4. very impressive that you made veggie burgers that don't fall apart on the BBQ!

  5. Those burgers sound awesome! I love grilling out.

    Sorry 'bout your ceiling caving in and still being sore from your fall and the heat and insomnia. Try and take it easy Melo!

  6. Sorry to hear about the fall and the ceiling:(

    I'm really interested with these burgers! Maybe a recipe next time you make it??

    But for now, please get better:)

  7. Looks delicious. Love the use of colorful vegetables.

  8. Woah, Melody. Your luck is about to change. This is already enough with the bad stuff. From your fall to your neighbors getting hit with the tree from the storm to your ceiling collapse. YIPES. That is ALL you should have to deal with already. Hope your body continues to heal well and that you can get some good sleep starting TONIGHT.

    Love the burger creation. I am not sure about using Lipton soup mixes but there are others that're "kosher" and pareve that i use and looooooooove for dips and for marinating. I am so happy you found a way to make your own "burgers" that are super yummy.

    Ya gotta love when someone asks about something you made from scratch if it really is something you made from scratch. That's a compliment, isn't it?! No one ever asks ME that! HA!! I take the easy way out way too often. I agree about Grillers... that's one MorningStar Farms product i have never been into for the same reason you back off from them. Too weirdly "meaty" tasting.

    Please take good care of you, Melody! *HUGS*

  9. wow that stinks about your house!!
    I feel for you


  10. Melody, I'm sure you're on the road to better times now!

    At least your burgers look absolutely delicious. I second the motion for a recipe!

    Thanks for stopping at my blog. I've really enjoyed reading about all your adventures! Take care of yourself!

  11. those burgers look great & i'm amazed at your ease in making that stuff. lovin' the tostadas below too.

    mostly, i'm sorry to hear about the ceiling caving - & hope you feel back to normal quickly.

  12. That looks delish. I love grilled vegetables and the colorful assortment is always pleasing to the eye as well.

    Oh my goodness, that's terrible about your ceiling. I'm glad you are ok. How scary! I also wish you a speedy recovery from your fall.

  13. Hey girl - made the veggie curry last night and it was soooooo good!! Thanks a lot for the recipe, we really loved it.

    I got my braces ties changed this morning (I have clear ones), so the curry recipe was just in time to stain my old ones. No more curry for me...at least for 5 weeks. I'm bummed that I can't have the leftovers.
    (Ryan isn't bummed - more for him!)


  14. Wow a one in how many million of a chance that a ceiling would fall on you! I've heard that there are the same kind of odds with bird poop landing on you too.

    The burgers look mightly fine! Hope you feel better soon!

  15. Melody, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words and support. I know I will get through this, its just sometimes I get so exhausted I dont fell like I am strong enough. But I know I have to in order to help him help himself... Thanks again!!

  16. Your burgers look AMAZING! Mine are so poor compared to them! You think I case use soybeans instead than okara?

    Also, I am a mustard junkie as well! I just discovered the rustic style and the balsamic one: delicious!

  17. OMG! I hope things get better for you and you get your ceiling fixed! Sorry to hear you are still in pain.

    Those veggie burgers and grilled veggies look very yummy. What a good idea to use the mustard container for the dressing, shake up the excess with the other ingredients... Very smart.

  18. melody, I also require ear plugs and a sound machine to sleep. I can't sleep without them (we even have two noise machines, one is our travel noise machine). I sleep very lightly even with them, waking up several times a night. It's nice (is that the right word?) to find someone else who has the same issues!!