As part of our ongoing pesto month series, we decided to go for a healthy take on a very unhealthy meal! Our polenta chips stand in well for the real thing as the texture is almost the same, and the pesto mayonnaise has a great tang to it that allows the chips to really shine.
On Monday, I posted a Vine recipe for our latest addition to pesto month – pesto mince burgers. Today I’m bringing you my review of those burgers, how they tasted, and how they could be improved!
I’m actually a little delighted that I’ve found a recipe for a veggie burger which is very easy and quick to make. There are just three ingredients in this burger, so it does not get much easier than that! Plus, you can take out the breadcrumbs and make it even simpler if you need to. We served them up with a rasher of (fake) bacon on top, and drizzled a bit of sour cream and chive or ketchup sauce on top. The results were simple yet delightful.
This pesto burger was just a little bit inspired, even if I do say so myself. I saw a recipe for a beef burger imbued with pesto, and decided to set about making it myself. I knew I was going to have to think of a vegetarian replacement, so my mind went straight to Quorn mince. I’ve never used it in a burger recipe before, so this was the chance to jump on the opportunity!
It’s fair to say I normally try to reserve my Wednesday posts for burgers, but this month called for something a little extra. We’re currently going through pesto month over on Vine and in our Monday posts, so what better way to mark the theme than to share with you my favourite pesto recipe? This one is close to our hearts for several reasons. First, I love to make it in a big batch every month or so, storing it in a mason jar to serve over spaghetti or pizza for the rest of the week. Secondly, it was one of the first Vine posts that we did that saw a big response. It surprised us with how many loops, comments, and likes it got, and it remains one of our most popular Vines even now.
This month on Vine, we’re trying all things pesto. First up is this simple and ludicrously tasty finger food, pesto and cream cheese pinwheels. They use a homemade pesto recipe which I’ll be sharing soon, and a very small selection of other ingredients. You can also purchase pre-made green pesto, though it won’t be as healthy (and might not be as delicious).
This week we’ve finished off Alternative Pizza Month over on Vine, with a quinoa pizza base. I first came across this idea in Deliciously Ella’s book, and although I’ve never been a fan of quinoa, I’ve slowly started coming around. We decided to give it a try and see how it would turn out.
For the second of our alternative pizza month Vines, we made a base out of cauliflower. I’m sure you’ve seen this idea elsewhere – it’s been quite widely used as an alternative way to create a pizza base, making it gluten free. I’m not a big fan of cauliflower, so I had been approaching this one with a little trepidation – was it going to taste like an actual cauliflower, or would there be subtler tastes at work?
This month we’re kicking off our first monthly Vine theme, with alternative pizzas. Tortillas were our first choice of base: they are healthier and easier to eat than normal pizza dough bases, and also take less time to cook. That makes them a win-win for any work night dinner for us!
Starting this week, J and I decided to put together a more structured schedule for our Vine posts. Every week from now on you’ll see one Vine plus the recipe for it here. We will also be sticking to themes each month, though this first post is just clearing out the last video we had left before we can get on to July’s theme.
This post marks the first in a new series: recipe adaptations! As well as bringing you recipes for delicious veggie burgers, I’ll also be bringing you adaptations of meat-based recipes going forwards. If you have a recipe to submit for this series that you would like to see adapted, please send it my way using the contact page! I hope these posts will also give meat eaters a view on how to adapt their favourite meals into healthy and veggie-friendly alternatives.