• 2 Cups of Cooked Quinoa
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Grated Mushroom
  • 1 Cup Grated Carrot
  • 1 Cup Grated Zucchini
  • 1 Diced Red Chili
  • 2 Cloves Diced Garlic
  • 1 Large Brown Egg
  • 3 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

I’m a carnivore and I love the taste of meat. I love shopping for meats, cooking meat, and even chasing down wild game with my pointy evil fangs. However at some points in my life I feel like it’s just a little too much of that stuff and I remember how delicious vegetables are even if they don’t CARE if you’re eating them. I once went 6 months without eating any meat at all, just veggies, and other things. I felt better than I had at any other time in my life, full of energy, alert, and healthy. Then one day when walking through the city my friend said “I’m hungry let’s get something to eat.”

“Ok where would you like to go?” Replied I.

He said McDonalds was closest so we walked in and I had just half finished my double Big Mac when I remembered “Oh, I’m not supposed to eat this”

At this point it was too late, I  had regained my vicious predator love of meat.

Still once in awhile I really miss those healthy days. So I’m going to try and fill out the vegetarian section a little bit better. This recipe uses today’s latest hippy fad: QUINOA (Pronounced Kin-Wa). It’s a super healthy, and pretty tasty pseudocerial. I’m not going to explain that for you so click here if you don’t know what that is.

This recipe does use eggs so before you get all righteous on me check out the different types of vegetable diets fall under the “vegetarian” umbrella…

1. Pescatarian (also spelled pescetarian)

The word “pescatarian” is occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. Although the word is not commonly used, more and more people are adopting this kind of diet, usually for health reasons or as a stepping stone to a fully vegetarian diet.

2. Flexitarian/Semi-vegetarian

You don’t have to be vegetarian to love vegetarian food! “Flexitarian” is a term recently coined to describe those who eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat.

3. Vegetarian (Lacto-ovo- vegetarian)

When most people think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians. People who do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products are lacto-ovo vegetarians (“lacto” comes from the Latin for milk, and “ovo” for egg).
Lacto-vegetarian is used to describe a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, but does eat dairy products.

Ovo-vegetarian refers to people who do not eat meat or dairy products but do eat eggs.

4. Vegan

Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin. Many vegans also refrain from eating foods that are made using animal products that may not contain animal products in the finished process, such as sugar and some wines. There is some debate as to whether certain foods, such as honey, fit into a vegan diet.

5. Raw vegan/Raw food diet

A raw vegan diet consists of unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). “Raw foodists” believe that foods cooked above this temperature have lost a significant amount of their nutritional value and are harmful to the body.

6. Macrobiotic

The macrobiotic diet, revered by some for its healthy and healing qualities, includes unprocessed vegan foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and allows the occasional consumption of fish. Sugar and refined oils are avoided. Perhaps the most unique qualifier of the macrobiotic diet is its emphasis on the consumption of Asian vegetables, such as daikon, and sea vegetables, such as seaweed.

Source: About.Com

So hopefully that satisfies you smart-asses out there, on to the recipe!

1) Cook your quinoa according to the package you bought it in. If it comes with other ingredients mixed in it’s no good for this, and if it asks you to add other ingredients other than water while cooking, don’t do it!

2) In a frying pan or wok heat some olive oil and fry just until soft the mushroom, carrot, zucchini, red chili, and garlic.

3) Add the previous mixture to your quinoa and mix very very well. We want a little bit of everything in each bite.

4) Mix in the chili powder, a tiny bit of salt, 3 tablespoons of Cornstarch, and the egg.

5) Form it into patties whatever size you like.

6) Fry it on a pan in some oil, flipping once, until golden and cooked through.

7) Might want to saute some of those leftover mushrooms and add them to the top. Top it like any other burger and you’ll have a nice tease of a burger that’s really better than almost any cow burger you’ve had!