Assembling a Veggie Burger for a (slightly-less) Picky Husband

Thursday, February 2, 2012


When Dayv first became a vegan, he was not very open to trying new foods.  He had preconceived notions of many foods which prevented him from eating them.  At one point, he told me he didn't like black beans because they were spicy.  I made him eat them, and lo and behold, he realized they weren't spicy at all.  He eats black beans regularly now.

Luckily, over the course of nearly a year and a half, Dayv has slowly become more open to trying new things.  Yesterday when he was putting away the groceries I had just brought home, he picked up one of the items and said, "Tuscan White Bean Dip..that sounds delicious!"  Those are words I never thought in a million years I would hear coming out of his mouth.  I also brought home veggie burgers, another food he used shake his head in disgust at the suggestion of trying.  I made him one with all of the burger toppings he enjoyed before going vegan.  And guess what, he loved it.
  
Assembling a Veggie Burger for a (slightly-less) Picky Husband
makes one veggie burger

2 pieces of gluten-free vegan bread(I use the Tapioca Bread from Ener-G)
Earth Balance~ 2 tsp
1 veggie burger(I used Sunshine Original)
Daiya Cheddar-Style Cheese
1 small pickle, sliced (I used Bubbie's)
Organic ketchup
a few pieces of romaine lettuce

Butter one side of each piece of bread.  In a skillet over medium heat, place the buttered side of bread face down.  Cook for about 2-4 minutes, or until bread is grilled to your liking(like grilled cheese!).

While the bread is sizzling, place veggie burger in the microwave and cook according to instructions(Sunshine Burgers take two minutes).  When there is 30 seconds left, top the burger with desired amount of Daiya Cheese, and finish cooking.

To assemble: Place veggie burger on the non-grilled side of one piece of bread, add desired amount of ketchup, followed by pickle slices, lettuce, and top with the other piece of bread.  Serve with a side of hand-cut french fries(recipe coming soon) and enjoy!

25 comments:

  1. That bread actually looks good--I'm surprised! Is that from a local bakery near you? I could eat that sandwich right now too :) {glad to see you enjoying a veggie burger} hehe. Hilarious how Dayv is slowly converting!

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    1. no, it's actually the bread ener-g makes! it's good for grilled cheezes and toast, etc. we haven't tried eating it as-is yet. but he really seems to like the consistency of it ;)

      this *isn't* the idea you inspired, that's for another day. but, definitely happy that he now likes veggie burgers ;)

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    2. No. No! NO! Get out! Really? Ener-g? Well, you do a damn cook job toasting that thing and making it look good, that is for sure.

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    3. haha thanks! i take it you don't like ener-g bread? ;)

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  2. As long as people are open to trying new foods, I can't see why people wouldn't want to eat vegan! :)

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    1. i completely agree! it's kind of funny how dayv first became vegan and then became interested in trying new foods. regardless, i'm incredibly happy with his progress ;)

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  3. I've never tried veggie burger - I probably lost so much!
    About Dayv - I think I made same thing at my vegan beginning: I didn't want to change much and eat products which looked "weird" for me. And I probably made a huge progress now :).

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    1. that's great to hear, leaf! it seems many people who adopt a vegan diet become more open to trying new foods over time. i'm happy for all of the progress you made!

      you should try sunshine burgers if you are interested in trying a veggie burger. they are made of brown rice and sunflower seeds! such a healthy and natural alternative to soy and wheat based veggie burgers ;)

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  4. I hear you about trying new things.. my dad wouldnt try anything new for like 30 years.. then since the past few years he is trying to be open to new tastes so he can do better for his health and such.. When he visited me last year, i was surprised that he said yes to trying tempeh and then ate all of the vegan birthday cake i made for him..:) now my mom reads my blog and makes things for him..:)

    and, this is what you do when u leave comments like pretzels "were" your favorite.. i am guessing they arent now, because you cant find any gf ones?
    well head on back over to the post to see a picture of gf pretzel bites!

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    1. richa, that's so great that your dad likes new things and your mom makes him the stuff from your blog!

      and did you seriously make me gluten-free pretzel bites? you are amazing!

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    2. yep. i woke up.. saw your comment and decided to try some. used my gf naan dough without spices.. came out extremely similar to the regular flour ones! i just made like 6 bites.. will make ropey pretzel shapes and do a longer post some day.

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    3. that's so sweet of you, richa! i can't wait to try them!

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  5. I had to laugh as soon as I saw your photo, because the only vegan/gf burger my husband will even touch is a Sunshine burger! Otherwise, he eats TJ's meatless balls. Even if the gluten gives him a headache . . .

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    1. that's too funny. sunshine burgers are "picky husband approved"!

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  6. I love the sandwich bread with the burger--could be a better way to do the GF thing since G isn't a fan of Udi's gf buns (too thick & not soft, hrumph). Haven't tried Sunshine burgers yet, but that looks super yummy. Hooray for slightly less picky partners!! :)

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    1. hooray for sure! dayv definitely liked the sandwich bread. i haven't found a vegan gluten-free bun yet. they all seem to have egg in them :/

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  7. I had to laugh about the black beans being spicy- too funny.

    I love Sunshine Burgers - they are SO yummy!

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    1. i know, it's pretty ridiculous! and sunshine burgers are pretty amazing, i love the simple ingredients ;) i actually made homemade ones tonight(because we ran out of them) and dayv liked mine even more! i was pretty excited ;)

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  8. It's amazing what can happen when we try new foods. I used to not like beans before too. Now I love them!

    This burger looks yummy!

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    1. it is amazing, that's why it's always good to try new food ;) and thank you!

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  9. It's great that you can watch your sweetie's mind explode as he discovers all these new delicious things. There's so much great vegan food out there! A WORLD OF TASTE POSSIBILITY!

    My own better half was a born-and-raised meat-and-potato guy who has been such a good sport about my 95% vegetarian leaning (and cooking). Sometimes I'll cook him something special (e.g. a small steak just for him, or some grilled scallops) but he never complains, never pushes his food around on the plate, and is always the first to tell me how good something was (like tonight's totally vegan pad thai experiment) and how much he hopes we'll have it again (rice and beans, vegan Nicaraguan style).

    Part of the joy of cooking is in doing it for someone else, and I'm so glad you two can share that love and nourishment!

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    1. what a thoughtful comment, meister!

      i agree. it is such a joy to make something new for dayv that he enjoys. and, luckily, it's been happening more and more frequently as time progresses. there are so many amazing foods out there to enjoy and he hasn't even begun to scratch the surface!

      that's amazing that you have such an open partner who loves all of your vegetarian fare! it's so nice when people realize that meat doesn't have to be the central part of a meal for it to be good. and, in fact, can be even better!

      thank you <3

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  10. Thanks for featuring a Sunshine Burger in your post on assembling a veggie burger for a Slightly Less Picky Husband. I posted a link to your blog on our FB page and have already received several more enthusiastic validations :)

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    1. you're very welcome! that's great to hear ;)

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