Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers with Lemon Garlic Aioli

Have you ever craved a meal but didn't want to make it? That's how this recipe started out. I wanted a quinoa salad with lemon dressing, but I didn't really want to make a salad. As simple as that ... another burger was born, but most importantly, another great sauce was born!

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers with Lemon Garlic Aioli

You might be surprised at just how long these cook, but seriously ... leave them in and they will firm up and be delicious. You may need to make a double batch of sauce because by time time the burgers are over, you will have dipped every cracker and carrot in the bowl until it is clean and you'll find yourself without any sauce for the burgers!

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers with Lemon Garlic Aioli

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Makes 6 Burgers

1/3 c quinoa
2/3 c water
1 g zucchini, diced, about 2 cups
1/2 onion, small diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T white wine
1 c walnuts, toasted
1 c garbanzo beans, cooked
1 c parmesan, vegan, regular, or nutritional yeast
zest of 1 lemon, about 1 tsp
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Lemon Garlic Aioli

1/3 c veganiase
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of 1 lemon, about 1 tsp
1/2 t lemon juice
1 T chives, chopped

Preheat your oven for 375ยบ

In a pot bring water and quinoa to boil. Once boiling, cover and turn heat down to low. Once the water is absorbed, you should have nice, fluffy quinoa. If you need a touch more water, add it and keep cooking until they have opened up.

In a pan, heat up a little oil. Add in your zucchini, onion and garlic. Once the onion is translucent and the zucchini is turning slightly brown add in 1 T of white wine to deglaze the pan.

In a food processor, puree your walnuts and garbanzo beans until they are like dust.

In a mixing bowl, add in the ingredients and mix them with a spoon. The, zip your hand mixer through the mixture a couple times to blend it even more while still leaving it chunky. If you don't have a hand mixer, simply put the mixture back into your food processor for a couple seconds.

Divide into 6 patties. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flip over and bake for another 20-25 minutes.

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers with Lemon Garlic Aioli

While the burgers are in the oven, mix together your aioli ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

When everything is ready, top your burgers with spinach and aioli and serve.

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers with Lemon Garlic Aioli

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