Veggie Burger from the KISS Kitchen of Yvonne Stafford







Walnuts (soak for one hour)

Olive Oil

Ground Flax Seeds (you can grind them in a small coffee grinder)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Nutritional Yeast


Wash, peel and cut the raw beets in chunks

Wash and cut the carrots (equal in quantity to the amount of beets)

Slice the Onions (not too much maybe ¼ of the amount of the beets and carrots)

A few cloves of garlic (one or two depending on how much you like garlic)

Place everything on a cookie sheet (or flat pan) sprinkle with garlic oil and put in the oven (350 degrees) Bake for about thirty minutes until tender but firm. Remove from oven.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and add the walnuts (a little less than half the amount of beets that you used).

Put everything in a food processor (or a little at a time depending on how much you are making).

Remove from food processor and put back in bowl; add two tablespoons of the ground flax seeds, salt and pepper to taste, mix. (The ground flax seeds help the burger adhere. It is OK to leave them out.)

This is your basic burger. Now you can use your hands to form your burger into balls, or patties or leave scrambled.  Sauté in olive oil, to which a little garlic has been added.

You can serve your veggie burger over rice, couscous, pasta, or put it on top of a big Portobello mushroom or a bed of greens.  A generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast over the dish will give it a great cheesy taste. YUM. I love nutritional yeast. (Good source of B12)

Note:  Here in the KISS Kitchen (Keep It Seriously Simple), we don’t give you exact measurements. We call it spirit preparation. We encourage you to taste as you go, use more of the seasonings you like and experiment with change.

Yvonne Stafford is the author of From Fast Foods to Slow Foods: How to Wake up Laughing.  Ms. Stafford is a Certified Total Well Being Educator, Holistic Health Coach, and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. She is available to conduct, lectures, workshops, food demonstrations, as well as weeklong, film and health festivals. 212-662-6408. Also see.

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