Sweet Potato, Beans, and Maple Syrup Tofu Burgers

Happy New Year everyone! It’s the time to put those resolutions into action. First post of 2016 and it is a healthy one – a veggie burger. Don’t dismiss it yet! Veggie burgers aren’t given enough credit! There have been so many variations in the blogging world that combine awesome ingredients such as millet, brown rice, sweet potato, and the list goes on. When you get the combination right, these wholesome patties can contend with their meat counterparts in terms of taste, texture and nutrition.
Sweet potato burgers
This recipe uses sweet potatoes as the base, which holds the ingredients nicely together. The original recipe included tofu, which was intriguing, and it’s a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans, but I found that the flavour and textures got lost amongst the ingredients. The addition of maple syrup brought out the sweetness of the potatoes, and the spices were a great combination. The addition of red kidney beans provide some texture, colour and bite in the burgers, and I’ve served these up with some homemade soft burger buns.
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These patties are coated in panko breadcrumbs and then baked, which helps them hold up their shape. Personally, I don’t think that the breadcrumbs were needed and the crispiness can be achieved with a light coating of olive oil before grilling, so I have adapted the recipe below.
Sweet Potato, Beans, and Maple Syrup Tofu Burgers (4-6 patties)
Recipe adapted from Love and Lemons
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 125g extra firm tofu
  • 200g red kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil to spray/coat the patties
  • soft burger buns
  1. Wash the sweet potato and pierce all over. Microwave for 7 minutes on high and turn over in the middle. Peel and mash.
  2. Preheat oven to 220C/425F.
  3. Place mashed sweet potato in a bowl, add red kidney beans and crush them slightly, crumble in firm tofu and combine.
  4. Mix in tahini, maple syrup, garlic, rosemary, paprika, salt & pepper.
  5. Form into patties, place on a wire rack and lightly spray/coat with oil.
  6. Place patties on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are brown and crisp.
  7. Grill for the last 30-60 seconds to help browning.
  8. Serve on buns with whatever fixings you like. Or serve without a bun over a mixed green salad.

These can be frozen and reheated in the oven.

Eating my way around NYC (part 2)

A few weeks in NYC and I feel like I understand how a food business can be successful. Just get on the social media bandwagon and become overhyped. Some places deserve the attention, but others….not so much.

Clinton Street Bakery:

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2014-09-14 10.33.40When you ask a new yorker where to go for brunch, Clinton St will be on top of that list. The over hype means that queues start forming before 8:30am on the weekend before they open their doors at 9am. We arrived at 8:45am and still had to wait an hour for the second seating. The Fried Chicken and Waffles, which came with maple butter was bland – not well seasoned or flavoured, but very crispy, and the waffles were the best I’ve had in NYC – fluffy and oh-so-satisfying with the maple butter. The Huevos Rancheros consisted of simple ingredients but did not combine to be anything spectacular. The Southern Breakfast: sugar-cured bacon with cheese grits, fried tomatoes and poached eggs. I never understood the concept of sweet and savoury with bacon before, but now I do. Crispy, sweet, just delicious. Each component of the dish was cooked perfectly but again, it did not come together well.  Overall, over hyped but I might need to come back to try their famous pancakes before I finalise my judgement.

Totto ramen:

2014-09-15 19.26.23Busy, even on a Monday evening, this place had to be good! And I was not disappointed. The broth! Thick, flavourful, delicious! I had the Paitan ramen with pork($9.75), which had a small amount of pork and char siu, which comes with most bowls, topped with LOTS of spring onions and a piece of nori. Surprisingly, the noodles came al dente, which I didn’t particularly like, but is the way the dish is supposed to be. The ramen in the other dishes are served soft.

Murray’s Cheese Bar:

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2014-09-17 19.20.59Burrata, with pesto, grilled artichoke and toast ($14). The burrata was served chilled, was firm and incredibly creamy inside. For me, they overdid the olive oil drizzling – I would have liked to have done my own drizzling. But overall, simple ingredients, good dinner. I also had a bite of my friend’s mac and cheese with fried onions. It was delish but simple. Not particularly unique or memorable.

Smorgasburg on a Saturday:

2014-09-27 15.26.10The Hibiscus doughnut ($2.75) from Dough was so soft, the icing had a nice tanginess to it, and the dried hibiscus was interesting – sweet and slightly chewy. However, if the dough was flavoured too, it would have been 5 stars. I have high expectations, I know. There are other intriguing icing flavours on offer including Tropical Chilli, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Toasted Coconut etc.

2014-09-27 15.40.08Mighty Quinn’s BBQ Lil Brisket ($5). The outer edges of the brisket had a good smokiness to it, but the majority of the meat did not have this flavour. For me, it was slightly dry, but the worcestershire-type sauce was delicious – slightly sweet and tangy. Just a piece of advice: the Lil brisket is so much more worth it than the big brisket, which had a similar amount of brisket in just a larger bun for $10.

Woorijip (12 W 32nd St):

2014-09-07 Woorijip Korean RestaurantQuick stop Korean food. There’s a buffet priced by weight with a hot and cold section, and already boxed dishes behind heated cabinets. We tried the kimchi fried rice, which did not have much kimchi but was nicely spiced. We also had fishballs with rice cakes. This was very filling – too many rice cakes for my liking, but the sweet spicy sauce was delicious. We also had the spicy chicken, which was lightly battered and not too hot. These 3 dishes was plenty for 2 people at ~$14.