Thursday, July 15, 2010

Farewell to Yucca -- Welcome Back Potato!

I made the recipe I am now going to share with you last week. It was a Yucca and Black Bean burger. It was really, really good. I had one burger for a late lunch and as I was driving to work, I felt my throat closing. Fortunately I had my epi pen with me and gave myself a shot in the thigh and all was well.

Except that the only thing I brought for supper was another Yucca/Bean burger. What to do? I know, the normal person would have said toss it. The thought did come to my mind to just enjoy it and run down to the ER and ask for a benedryl shot. I had a flax oatmeal cookie instead, and then around 11 p.m., when I was starving, I took a straw and picked out the corn and black beans for a snack. pathetic!!

There should have been a clue in a previous post when I made yucca fries. My throat itched then, but I chose to ignore it. Moral of this story: No more Yucky Yucca in my life.

BUT -- fortunately, potato works just as well.

Sooooooooooo, tonight I redid the recipe using potato and I almost fainted with the pleasure of the flavor. And fortunately, or not depending upon your view of starches, I am not allergic to potato -- in fact, potatoes are a main staple in my diet.

Here is how I made the New Improved Potato Black Bean burger:

I boiled 3 medium potatoes, skins on, quartered to speed the process.

Into my food processor, I tossed the following:

the cooked potatoes

1 can of seasoned black beans rinsed (my thinking is that a little seasoning stays in the bean -- you could use the unseasoned too, just rinse either way.)

1 can of white corn with chipotle (or just a can of corn) drained

1/3 chopped vidalia onion

From here we can discuss and vary according to what you have and what you like:

I had some portobello mushrooms that needed to be used so I tossed a few slices in. Not necessary to the recipe.

I added about 1/3 cup corn meal. I don't like to use flour, but my guess is that if I used flour, the burger would have had a firmer consistency to work with.

I also had some carrots cut in matchsticks that I tossed in. Again - not necessary to the recipe.

Seasoned with:
sea salt
Pensey's Southwest seasoning

And give 'er a whirl, leaving some chunks in, just because.

Empty the food processor into a bowl and tuck the bowl into the refrigerator to firm up the mixture.

Now the fun begins.

Into a skillet, with the burner on, I sprayed some olive oil spray.

On a plate with Panko whole wheat bread crumbs -- use ONLY Panko -- I put a mound of potato/bean mixture and made it into a patty, with Panko crumbs on all sides and plopped it into the skillet. My skillet held three patties.

I sprayed the tops prior to flipping them. They got golden brown and firm.

I plated them with cilantro paste and salsa. Ya-uummmm.

I still have a bowl of mixture in the refrigerator and will make patties for tomorrow's lunch too.

photo, above

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The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.