We are huge fans of meatless Monday. Not only does it give us the opportunity to eat more plants, it forces us to be creative with our food! This Monday, we tried a veggie burger using pumpkin as the base. We served ours Banh Mi style, but it would also be great on top of a Southwestern salad (think: iceberg lettuce, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, etc.).
PUMPKIN BURGER BANH MI
1 French baguette
8 Easter radishes, sliced paper thin
1 bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled
Nuoc Cham (see below)
Pumpkin Burger (see below)
For the Nuoc Cham:
1 clove of garlic, grated
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 jalapeno, halved, seeded, and sliced thin
Combine all ingredients and let jalapenos steep until desired spiciness (each pepper is different!).
For the Pumpkin Burger:
1 Pie Pumpkin
15 ounces black beans, rinsed
1 cup dry quinoa
4 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/2 teaspoon coriander
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup flour
Halve the pumpkin and remove seeds (reserving for roasted pumpkin seeds). Cut pumpkin into large chunks (about 2 inches) and boil in 2 quarts of salted water for approximately 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package instructions (we like to substitute chicken stock for water).
Once pumpkin is done cooking, remove from water and, using a spoon, scrape the pumpkin "meat" from the shell (it should come right off!). Dump out the water and place pumpkin meat back into the pot over lowest heat possible (the heat will allow some of the excess water to evaporate). Add remainder of the ingredients and combine.
To cook the patties, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Working in four batches, cook two patties at a time (patties should be about 1/3 cup each), for five minutes per side until brown and crisp. Tip: you will need to add more olive oil for each batch.
To serve, slice bread in half and place patty inside. Top with radishes, cilantro, and carrots, then finish with the nuoc cham.