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This post is dedicated to my lovely yoga student, S. who wants to lighten up her family's meals by adding "meaty" vegan dishes.


  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 8 white (or any other kind) mushrooms, finely chopped

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (or 1.5 can black beans) rinsed and drained

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa

  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

  • The same spices you use for making "real" steaks and/or burgers

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin (optional)

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • 2 tablespoons Tahini - a must. this is the egg substitute. I buy it here


  1. Preheat oven to 375F - 400F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onions. When onions soften and start to brown add the mushrooms for another 10 minutes or until all liquids evaporate.

  3. Meanwhile, In a large bowl, add black beans; mash with a fork, leaving some texture. Add cooked quinoa, crushed walnuts, The fried onion and mushrooms and all the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Mix all ingredients together. Form 8-12 patties depending on desired size (see Place on baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes, flip, then bake for 10-20 more minutes, until browned and crispy.

  5. Serve on a lettuce-leaf to make a lettuce wrap or whole-wheat hamburger bun with vegan mayonnaise, guacamole, barbecue sauce, and other desired toppings.

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