When I came to this country, I was 14 years old. I came from a small town in the south of France and didn’t speak a word of English but I was determined to do everything American, the way Americans do…. and that included eating American food!
My wonderful friend Joy Bauer asked me to reminisce about those days in an article I wrote a couple years back for her beautiful website here , in case you’d like to know more about what that also meant to my waistline!
So, of course, I discovered hamburgers–you know those great big juicy ones you can sink your teeth into (this was Houston, Texas after all)— and I just LOVED them!
Fast-forward to today and you know by now that I don’t eat red meat at all. I don’t, for health and ethical reasons but also for the well-being of our planet. The environmental impact of meat-centric diets is just unsustainable and untenable with over 7 billions of us! You can read more about why it is so here. My husband has also written extensively on this topic.
Still, I am a foodie and I longed for that good-old American burger taste! So, it wasn’t long before I tried to recreate that sink-your-teeth-into-a-juicy-tasty burger with something other than red meat: A nouveau American burger to adapt to the demands of our time.
At first, and this was about 20 years ago, I replaced it with plain ground turkey, but you know how dry and crumbly that can be: it just wouldn’t do! This was one of those obvious healthy makeover masquerading as a hamburger, so that didn’t pass the test!
So, in my typical Foodie/neuroscientist (now called Cuisinicity) stubborn way, I kept looking for ways to recreate the perfect beef-less burger that would satisfy my new-found American standards: moist, chewy, dense and satisfying!
…and, sure enough I came up with 3 absolutely luscious versions, with the help of a “clandestine” ingredient filled with protein and fiber to boot! (I wrote about it way back when, on this post.) But shhhhh….you don’t need to tell anyone! All they’ll know is that these are darn good juicy burgers!!
I’d like to start off with my latest of those 3 burgers because it is true to my own evolution in my growing concern about the planet: It is vegan!
…and, honestly, I never thought I could achieve it but I did it!
Watch for yourself!
So this week, I present to you my ode to the burger, Cuisinicity-style!
Click on each photo to get the recipe:
…A good ol’ American fare that you will love, that will love you back and that will help sustain our planet: I call it the Nouveau American Burger….and proud of it!