You know what its like.
You are in a crowd of people sizing them up, wondering if you are the most awkward one there, or if someone might just be a little more shy, their hair just a little more frizzy. If so, you can feel comfortable, relax a little…. maybe even meet a new friend or two.
The hardest part of being in a new crowd of people is all the ones that seem so confident. They walk through the crowd with an air of ease, their hair always seems perfect, they always know the right thing to say to get the conversation going or the perfect joke at just the right time.
Now that I’m older and (hopefully) wiser, I realize that it really doesn’t matter if people seem more popular because they have all the right things to say. Its something I wish I could go back to my 15 year old self and tell her. All that matters is that you are being yourself and that because you are, you will attract others who just want to be themselves and true friendships will be made.
This summer has been full of back yard cookouts where everyone brings the ever popular hamburger or beer braised brat to top with all the fanciest toppings. As a vegetarian, I have to bring along my own “burger”… (dun dun dun) the veggie burger. Sometimes there is a “burger” there for me but usually its frozen and formed into some perfectly round pattie that seems other world-ly.
But today, I made my own version.
I’ve made a lot of different bean versions and, don’t get me wrong, they are good. But this one…. this one would walk into a crowd, seeming awkward and not having the right criteria for fitting in, but…
It would end up being the life of the party.
Recipe ~ Garden Veggie Burger
1 baby eggplant, cut small
1/4 cup red onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 small carrot, diced
1 egg replacer
3 Tablespoons oats
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
3 tablespoons walnuts
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Saute eggplant, onions, garlic and carrot in a medium saute pan until just soft and onions are translucent. In the meantime pulse walnuts and oats until very small. Add the rest of the ingredients including the saute and seasonings. Pulse until it just comes together. Form into patties and pan fry until brown on each side. Serve with arugala and a garden fresh tomato slice (or any other toppings you like). With veganaise its all vegan! Makes two burger size patties.