Sunday, March 29, 2009

$3.33 a day: Let's make a burger out of it! (and raw chili)


Raw Cincinnati Chili

Raw and delicious! This totally hit the spot. I made enough chili for 4 servings and have been eating it over noodles, in wraps and on top of salad. I wish I had made a raw cheddar sauce though.. that would have taken it over the top.

I have been asked by so many people how to make a burger out of leftovers, so I figured I would do a little tutorial. I used 1 cup of the leftover curried split pea/veggie stew. It is fairly thick as you can see:

1 cup of the soup, a very liberal half cup of rolled oats and 1 T golden flax meal. That's it.

Mix and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight.

Shape into patties.. then dredge in cornmeal, breadcrumbs or flour if desired. Make sure to season all of the above! You don't have to do this, but it makes for a crispy outer layer. Most of the time I skip this because it makes the burgers healthier. (dredging them will help if they are not sticking together)

Heat your cast iron or non stick skillet to a little less than medium and spray with cooking spray. Cook for 5 minutes or so on each side.


Burgers! See how simple it is? I got 4 burgers out of the mixture, but I make them small.




Millet Lasagna

Here's the millet lasagna from last post. It fed the three of us AND I have the leftovers in the freezer. I am going to mix them with TVP and make burgers out of them next week. (If I had a microwave, I would have saved this and just eaten it for breakfast or whatever).. I debated on turning it into a soup, but decided to freeze it for burgers instead. IF I had turned it into a soup, I would have taken around 2 cups of the leftovers and covered that with water and marinara and probably a cup of cooked lentils, cooking over medium heat for 30 minutes or so. That would have given me 2 large size dinner soup portions.

29 comments:

  1. Raw chili?!?!!?!?!?! Ooooooh....

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  2. Everything--including your other website--looks great!

    Courtney

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  3. Thanks for that! The burgers look delicious and easy. I want to play around with burger recipes for the summer, and now I know how to get started!

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  4. raw chili, never heard that one but it sounds awesome!

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  5. I am SO ready for your ebook!

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  6. I love how you serve avocado with lots of stuff. I love the taste & texture, and it's so good for you!

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  7. Great tip on making burgers out of leftovers, I wouldn't have thought of doing it like that.

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  8. Love the tutorial! Never thought to dredge burgers in cornmeal--great idea. :)

    And you inspired me--I had my first raw-collard wraps today--YUM!! Thanks!

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  9. I was just thinking the other day about asking you how you make burgers out of everything... I should have known it would be so simple! Thank you for the tutorial, I will definitely make some burgers the next time I have leftovers!

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  10. I love how you make burgers out of leftovers! I'm always too scared to try in case my leftover burgers taste bad.

    The raw chilli looks fantastic!

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  11. The burgers from leftovers are so creative! I am going to try this technique out soon, I have a lot of soup leftovers hanging around.

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  12. Thanks for showing the secrets of the burgers!

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  13. Melody,

    The burgers looks awesome. And I like your website. Hope you are doing well.

    Krys

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  14. thanks for the awesome tutorial! i have tried making veggie meatballs/burgers for some time, and i can never get them to stick together properly. but this will definitely help!

    your website looks awesome!!!! congrats.

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  15. You are so inventive! And I think you're doing a marvelous job with $3.33 a day. Your meals look so tasty, vibrant & fresh. Well done!

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  16. That millet lasagna looks insane!

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  17. When you do make that raw cheddar sauce, I want to know about it! I'll bribe you to get that recipe.

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  18. Love your burger tutorial! And the raw chili is so intriguing!

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  19. go Melo, go! you kick butt.

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  20. Melody! This all looks so amazing. Great blog, great website! Totally impressive. I will be back!!!!

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  21. you really deserve some kind of "supermom/shopper/chef" award. years ago we had three teenage boys living with us and i couldn't feed them on $3.33 an hour much less a day! :)

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  22. good luck with the e-book. i'm looking forward to that raw chili recipe!

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  23. i have never thought of making burgers out of leftovers... it seems so obvious and awesome! i'm thinking wistfully of a veggie/peanut sauce concoction that i had to throw out last night because it went bad in the fridge cause no one wanted to eat the leftovers as is. now i know! burgers it is!

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  24. I can't wait for your E-book. I love your recipes!!!

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  25. Thanks so much for the soup-to-burger tutorial. I have the perfect soup in my fridge for my first experiment!

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  26. I just stumbled across your website and I must say you are inspiring. We're feeling a real crunch lately and this could not have come at a better time. I can't wait for your ebook!

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  27. Thank you for the step by step leftover burgers tutorial! So simple yet so yummy!

    Your website looks great!!

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  28. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I've been wondering how to make good lentil burgers. :)

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  29. I have a question about all the individual portions you freeze. I was wondering what you use to freeze everything in?

    For example when freezing beans/legumes do you use freezer bags or containers? Same for soups and individual portions.

    Thanks again mel!

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