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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Parmesan Rice Burger

Parmesan Rice Burger

Makes 2 burgers

These burgers have a very nice cheese taste and are easy to make.

1 cup cooked brown rice, set aside until cool enough to handle

3 Tablespoons vegan bread crumbs

2 Tablespoons vegan parmesan cheese

¼ cup (4 Tablespoons) vegan shredded mozzarella or Monterey jack

¼ cup (4 Tablespoons) marinara sauce plus some for topping after cooked

2 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

2 Tablespoons warm water

1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch or egg replacer *

Olive oil spray

1- Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees. Line the baking tray with aluminum foil and spray generously with oil spray.

2- Mix all ingredients together except water and cornstarch in a bowl.

3- In a small bowl mix together the water and cornstarch or egg replacer and using a small whisk or fork make sure there are no lumps and it is thoroughly dissolved. Then add to the rice mixture and mix well.

4- Form into two burgers. Place burgers on tray and bake for 20 minutes.

5- Open oven and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.

6- Top with warmed marinara sauce and enjoy. (About 4 tablespoons each burger or to taste)

G Notes- You can save the other burger in a container in the refrigerator for later. To reheat the burger place it in a microwave on top of a paper towel. Microwave for 2 minutes. (microwave times vary). Top with marinara.

Serving ideas- Steamed veggies go nice with this burger. You could also make a salad.

* Egg replacer has a powder consistency and can be found in an organic or health food store. The Brand I use is by Ener- G.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I posted a video series on You Tube- Freezing Tofu

For the first time I uploaded videos to you tube. This is a 4 part series of short videos on how to freeze tofu.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Repost of my Fiesta Bean Salad

This is a post I did almost two years ago. I thought with the summer here and barbecues and parties going on I would repost this recipe. The link is below. I hope you enjoy this salad if you try it.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Curiosity about boiling water

The other day I wondered is boiling water an effective way to remove germs and bacteria? I personally do not like the taste of tap water. Part of my growing up we would drink water directly from a spring or bottled water. Now I could taste the difference of the tap so I only drink bottled water. But with bottled water you also have the problem of plastic which is not good for the environment. I know there is also a filter one could pass their water through. I did a quick research online to see about my question. From the few sites I read although boiling does not get rid 100% everything it does the job adequately for the germs and bacteria that could be harmful to us. I found a site also that compared boiling water to filtered water and basically it said either or does the trick. With the boiling you do have to have it at a bubbling boil for at least one to two minutes from what I read for this to be effective. Regarding the taste I saw two different opinions. One site said that the boiled water may taste better than a filter because the filter may have a charcoal type taste. Then I read that some people may not like the boiled water because it may leave it with a flat taste due to oxygen being removed from the water. But a way to assist with that is to pour it between two containers after it has been boiled (and I assume cooled) to add back some of the oxygen. I thought this would be interesting to share and it is nice to know you have a few choices.

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