Seedy White Bean & Feta Veggie Balls / Burgers and Winter Kale Pesto

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I made this stellar veggie burger mix and turned it into burgers the first night and bean balls the next days, both worked out great. The veggie patty is a white bean and nut burger that came together pretty quickly. The next day I whipped up a winter pesto with kale, artichoke and sunflower seeds and used that as my sauce for corngetti and bean balls.

Seedy White Bean & Feta Burgers / Balls

Soak and cook 1 cup of white beans. I just learned that if you don’t add salt or acid to beans while they boil they cook way way faster! Why didn’t I know that before?  Set beans aside to cool, meanwhile toast 2 slices of gluten free bread cut in small cubes over medium heat with a glug of olive oil and sea salt. Remove the bread crumbs and in the same pan brown 1/2 or a large yellow onion sliced thick, cook until soft and  brown.

In a food processor  blend 3 toes of garlic, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup flax seeds, 1/4 cup of almonds, blend until the nuts are smaller than peas. Now add beans, and the bread crumbs. Add 1 egg, and then your fried onions and 1/2 cup of crumbled goat feta Season with S+P, 1 tsp of lemon rind, and1 tsp of fresh or dried oregano. Stop when everything is nice and consistent. For really yummy vegan patties omit egg and chees and just add some hemp orolive oil.

Form mix into thin patties or little “meat”balls, and brown over medium heat in olive oil, flipping and rolling as necessary.

Winter Pesto with Kale, Artichoke, and Sunflower seeds.

In a food processor blend 4 toes of garlic, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, until crumbled, then add two handfuls of fresh kale greens, a good glug of lemon juice, 8 small sections of artichoke hearts, and a good glug of oilve oil. keep zipping it all up, until silky and smooth. Season with S+P and taste, you may need to play with the oil / citrus balance, to get it just right.

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3 Comments to “Seedy White Bean & Feta Veggie Balls / Burgers and Winter Kale Pesto”

  1. This looks so yummy!!
    Okay, maybe when I make it back to BC–I think I mentioned to you, but now I’m not sure if I did that it was Mike who told me about your blog so he can tell you that I’m not a crazy person–we can do some garden work in exchange for a meal type deal. 🙂

    Or if you ever come to LA. You’re totally welcome to cook here. I volunteer at a community garden and we get some yummy veg.

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