Saturday, July 21, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Veggie Challenge Week 3

As I told in my starting post, I will be participating in the VeggieChallenge. This is a Dutch initiative to make people aware and challenge them to consume less meat, fish and animal products for a month. People are allowed to set their own challenge. Like going meatless for 1 day a week, or for the whole week, it is all possible. Because I already eat vegetarian most of the time, I decided to challenge myself to eat vegan for 2 days a week in July. This is my 3rd week already!

My two vegan days were Tuesday en Wednesday and this is what I ate:

Breakfast: Vegan bread with chocolate sprinkles
Lunch: Vegan bread with peanut butter and cucumber
Dinner: Mashed potatoes and fennel with a tofu loaf and peas
Snacks: Lemon poppyseed muffins and vegan chocolate chip cookies

Breakfast: Vegan bread with chocolate sprinkles
Lunch: Vegan bread with mashed avocado, vegan mayonnaise and black pepper
Dinner: Masala burgers from Everyday Happy Herbivore
Snack: Lemon poppyseed muffins and a pizza toastie

The recipe for the lemon poppyseed muffins, I already posted last Monday! You can see it here. They are damn tasty and my BF also liked them very much.

Masala Burgers: (makes 4-5) - adapted from Everyday Happy Herbivore
- 425 gr kidney beans (without fluids)
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (use vegan bread!)
- Masala mayo (see below)
- Vegan buns for serving
- Avocado for serving

Mash up the beans and add spices, onion and ketchup and combine. Shape 4-5 patties and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the patties in the oven at 375F/190C (180C for microwave oven) for 10 minutes. Flip them gently and bake for 8 minutes more. If needed flip again and bake for 5 minutes more. Serve on a bun with masala mayo and whatever veggies you want. I used avocado this time.

Masala Mayonnaise: 
- 1 tbsp vegan mayo (I used this recipe from Gnoe as my base)
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp cumin

Mix everything together and taste. Adjust spices if needed.

Pizza toastie: (grilled sammy)
- tomato tapenade
- few slices of mushroom
- dash of Italian herbs
- 2 slices vegan bread

Grill the mushrooms for a bit on the panini maker. Then just build a sammy from these ingredients and grill on the panini maker for a few minutes :)

Things I encountered:
- I finally took on vegan baking, yay me ;)
- I begin to fal into a vegan routine of easy breakfast and lunch and a more experimental dinner. This was not what I planned to do, however because I have a limited amount of energy, I have to make choices. This week I chose to bake ;)
- Now I have some basics set up, keeping it up gets easier and easier.

Because July is a long month, I have about 2 weeks left of the VeggieChallenge because I make my menu's on Thursdays. I am in fact a bit sad that it is going so fast ;)

This post is part of Weekend Cooking. Make sure to check out all the other posts! There is always a lot of yummy things to try! 


  1. I love the look of those masala burgers, but I'm not sure how well they'd go down with my family. I might give them a go though, because I think they look great!

    I hadn't heard of the VeggieChallenge before but I'd be very interested in trying it - I'll be looking it up this afternoon and maybe trying it :)

    Congratulations on your success this week, your menus look lovely!

  2. Seems like you're eating really well :-) Masala burgers sound divine. Thanks for reminding me to leaf through the Happy Herbivore cookbooks more often.

  3. THe burgers do sound pretty darn good. I love that you're baking vegan and adjusting so well.

  4. You're doing very well in your challenge. The burger looks so good!

  5. This is an interesting challenge - vegan baking is something I would have been afraid to try. Sounds like you're doing quite well - keep it up and keep us posted!

  6. Glad you are doing this rather than me. sorry, I linked in Coronation Chicken which you shouldn't look at because you might be tempted!

    Keep up the good work.

  7. I have never even contemplated vegan baking! Sounds a little challenging in some ways.

  8. It sounds as though you're doing well with the challenge and finding delicious recipes to fill in the gaps! Thanks for sharing your findings/recipes - I'm always inspired.

  9. Yay for another week of the challenge! It sounds like you're eating well, indeed. I love how eating changes get easier and easier once you get the ball rolling.

  10. Congrats to you for keeping with the program. Your Marsala Mayonnaise looks delicious.

  11. That's great! I am not so sure I could be so creative. I really need to cook more...

  12. I eat vegan a few days a week, too. I find it helps me stay adventurous with food when I don't fall into relying on eggs or cheese for interest. I will definitely be trying the masala burgers in a bento! I want to make a pacman bento for my hubby, so will try and shape a couple into pacmen/pacmans.