How I make the perfect veggie burger

Making the perfect veggie burger is all about good ingredients, the right cooking and the right stacking. let's start to see how I make my perfect burger!

There are 2 ways to make a veggie burger: to make the veggie patty from scratch, which is of course the best, but takes a lot of time, or use a good veggie burger from an organic food company. I have posted a homemade patty recipe before: Carrot lentil patty. I will post more different veggie patty recipes soon here on Organice Your Life®

Here is how I make the perfect veggie burger:

step 1. Choose a good patty. An organic vegan option is Amy's veggie patty which you find in the freezer aisle.

step 2. Choose a good soft bun. I like the Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted whole grain buns by Food for Life  which you can find in the freezer aisle.

step 3: Choose fresh veggies/fruits that you slice into thin slices. I chose organic: red onion (veggie), tomato (fruit), lettuce (veggie). avocado (fruit).

veggie burger vegetables

step 4: optional: choose a nice cheese. I like organic, non-gmo, vegetarian Pepperjack cheese by Rumiano You can also leave cheese out or use a vegan cheese.

Step 5: grill the veggie patty in a skillet in a bit of coconut oil so it doesn't stick to the pan. Medium heat.  First on one side until it gets golden brown, and then flip it. Add the cheese on top and lower the heat, put a lid over the burger for a few minutes so the patty gets hot and the cheese can melt.

veggie burger 2

Step 6: Cut the burger buns in half  and grill both sides on the side of the skillet until a bit crispy and brown.

Step 7. if you want ketchup or mustard, take the top part of the bun and add a squirt of both in the middle of the bun. I like Annie's organic ketchup & Organicville mustard.

organicville mustard, annie's ketchup

Step 8. The stacking:

1. bottom first is the bottom of the bun.

2. Add a piece of lettuce.

3. Then the burger with melted cheese.

4. A slice of tomato.

5. Slice of red onion.

veggie burger stacking

6. Half of an avocado scooped out.

7 Top of the bun (with mustard/ketchup).

If you stack it this way you are most likely to keep the veggie burger together. If you pick up the burger, squeeze the back of the burger so all the ingredients come your way and not leak at the back! (see picture of my veggie burger)

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

veggie burger


What is vegetarian cheese?

When you order something vegetarian at a lunch room, you probably get a sandwich or salad with cheese in it. But did you know cheese is actually not vegetarian? So all those restaurants are wrong when they serve dishes with cheese in it and say it is vegetarian. Unless they can prove that the cheese is actually vegetarian.

First of all, What does "vegetarian" mean? Most people consider food vegetarian if  no animal has been killed to produce that food item. So with that explanation foods derived from animals, like eggs,milk and butter can be used as the animal has not been killed for it. But some people argue that the production of milk and eggs is also not that humane for the animals and they also refuse to eat that too. So there are many different kinds of vegetarians, that the exact meaning of being vegetarian means something different to each person. On the most extreme end is veganism, and vegan food which means the food has no animal derived ingredients whatsoever. There are vegan cheeses on the market. But I personally don't like "fake" vegan cheese.  A lot of times vegan products are too processed, or are full of fats and/or sugars to make it taste good.

Back to the cheese. Cheese is only vegetarian if vegetarian rennet is used to produce the cheese. Most cheeses use animal rennet. Rennet is a complex of enzymes found in an animals stomach, to digest the mother's milk. These enzymes coagulate the milk. (seperate into a solid curds and liquid whey) To get this rennet you have to extract substances from animal stomachs.... (yuck!) They are a byproduct of veal production. So there goes your idea you save an animal by not eating meat...

Vegetable rennet is made from either fungal/bacterial sources or genetically modified micro-organisms. (different plants like figs,nettles, thistles, mallow, and ground ivy (Creeping Charlie) to name a few) Sometimes it is even made from the mold Mucor miehei or soybeans. These plants  also have coagulating properties.

There are even cheeses that are made with GMO (vegetarian)rennet, so besides checking what rennet is used, you should also find out if the cheese is made with GMO ingredients or not. In the Netherlands, organic cheeses and cheeses for expert do not have GMO. The cheeses made in the Netherlands and sold in the Netherlands usually do. To read more in Dutch about vegetarian cheeses go HERE

Even though the Netherlands (Holland) is known for their cheeses, that I love, I found also a few great tasting cheeses by companies that are certified vegetarian and GMO free.

Bastiaansen kaas makes the regular cheeses, but there is this amazing one that I like that has basil and garlic in it. All their cheeses are organic too! Sold at Ekoplaza in the Netherlands.

You can read more about rennet and vegetable cheese on Wikipedia

There are other companies that offer either organic and/or vegetarian cheeses: (have yet to try them!)

About.com has a list of vegetarian cheeses

and on www.cheese.joyousliving.com.

for the Dutchies: Vegatopia has a list of cheeses sold in the Netherlands.

Love, Lonneke

Risotto and Cocottes!

I always say, that when you cook: the eye wants something too!

So you should not only cook for the taste and smell, but it should also look good.

This time I used these french mini cocottes (so cute!) and a coffee cup to present my food.

It looked amazing!

I bought my at a shop where they get products from third world countries and that way the people who make it make an income, so that is another good thing to do! The name of the store in Holland is called : "De Wereld Winkel" (The World Store).

I made Risotto with mushrooms, and in the cocotte, I added grilled Eggplant and mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes and a touch of basil. I put it in the oven with the lid on it, and checked on it a few times, until the mozzarella melted and the other veggies were cooked well.

(I grilled the sliced eggplant with olive oil, salt and pepper for a minute in a skillet.)

The risotto is also easy to make:

You need:

  • risotto rice,(2 handful per person)
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • water
  • grilled and sliced mushrooms
  • dried parsley.
  •  small cubes of  cooked carrots (or other vegetables you like)
  • olive oil
  • a bit of parmesan cheese

How to make:

  • You heat up the risotto in a pan with a bit of olive oil, and then add a bit of water and the bouillon cubes. Lower heat. Add more water when the water "dries up" and stir until the risotto is done. (about 30-45min).
  • Add the veggies, mushrooms and salt/pepper to your liking. Taste it and add more until you love your risotto :)
  • Last thing: Add parmesan and mix it together.
  • serve in a coffee cup!

I added some toasted bread.....

Try it for yourself :)


Grilled vegetables & farro salad

Salad making for dummies

salad with corn, peanuts and thai dressing
salad with corn, peanuts and thai dressing

What do you need for a good salad?

1. Pick a kind of lettuce as a base, I prefer organic. Romaine, watercress or mix different lettuces up.

2. Pick 1, 2 or more vegetables that you add raw or grilled. Like cucumber, tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, red peppers, onions.

3. Add a protein. If you go vegetarian you can choose nuts. If you eat meat you can add grilled organic chicken, beef, bacon or other options. And fish: tuna, salmon, grilled shrimp or scallops as a few examples. Avocado is a nice topping as it is filling

4.*Add extra toppings like dried fruits to make the salad get a sweet flavor (raisins, cranberries, grapes, strawberries or other fruits)

*Add cheese to make it more hearty (goat cheese, blue cheese, parmesan, gouda or other cheeses)

* Add finishing toppings. Seeds, sprouts or anything else you can think of too add.

5. And last: add your dressing!

*Simple salt, pepper and olive oil tastes great with good ingredients in a salad.

*If you want to go to an asian twist: add soy sauce based sauces to the dressing.

*If you want to go light, add yoghurt in the dressing.

*When you want to go sweet & spicy, add a bit of spicy red pepper flakes in dressing with honey

Some of my favorite salads I posted in this article:

romaine, walnuts & parmesan
romaine, walnuts & parmesan
Grilled vegetables & farro salad
Grilled vegetables & farro salad at Eataly
Spicy Sesame Salad
Spicy Sesame Salad with shredded cabbage at Pure Food & Wine

 

Ingredients which taste great together and in combination are a not to miss flavor success when you just add some lettuce and olive oil:

* goat cheese, cranberries & pistachios

* romaine, parmesan, croutons

* tomatoes, cucumbers, salt, pepper

* goat cheese, roasted pumpkin, sunflower seeds

* walnuts & blue cheese.

Avocado is always great to add to every salad. Tomatoes and cucumbers almost always are good ingredients too!

Try your own combinations of dressing, salad & ingredients to find your favorite salad!

Love, Lonneke

 

 


Easy vegetarian lasagna

Easy vegetarian lasagna

Easy vegetarian lasagna
Easy lasagna for vegetarians

Author:
Recipe type: dinner

Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • organic canned diced tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • mozzarella
  • pine nuts
  • cheese
  • basil
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
  1. Slice all vegetables and mozzarella.
  2. Layer all in a casserole sprayed with olive oil, with in between layers of the diced tomatoes in sauce, pine nuts, salt, pepper and basil.
  3. Top it off with a layer of vegetarian cheese.
  4. Put in oven for 30 min or longer until the eggplant is soft.
  5. Enjoy!

 

When I don't have much time but want to eat something simple and delicious, I make this lasagna.

try it yourself and enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

 

easy vegetarian lasagna step 1

easy vegetarian lasagna step 1
Easy vegetarian lasagna step 2
Easy vegetarian lasagna step 2
Easy vegetarian lasagna step 3
Easy vegetarian lasagna step 3
Easy vegetarian lasagna
Easy vegetarian lasagna

Organic Marqt

If you are in Amsterdam, go to Marqt, an organic supermarket at Overtoom 21, right in the center of Amsterdam.

The concept seems copied from the famous Wholefoods concept, but Marqt is smaller, cosier and makes you feel like you go back to the old days of going to an indoor market. The food is maybe a bit expensive some say, but it is definitely worth it!

Everything is mostly organic, from local farmers, and they have a lot of recycled or eco friendly products. I love the cheeses, as they have a few vegetarian options! and the bread.... mmmm especially the nut and fruit bread.

Definitely worth going,

Open every day.

There is also one in The Hague... I am happy as I found Vita Coco coconut water there!

monday thru saturday 8am-9pm

sunday 12pm-6pm

www.marqt.com


Lonneke for SI

My 2 week Diary

UPDATED DAY 15, 11am Ibiza, Spain time, Scroll down.

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Hi all!

I decided I want to get in my best shape for my vacation. I will be going to Ibiza beginning of June! I want to get in best shape possible for my bikini those days of course. So I decided to keep a (food) diary. Food and work out is a big part of looking great! So I am going to go for as close to 100% eating perfect, and working out every day. Plus I will get some great treatments, to improve my appearance.

This is what I look like right now:

Lonneke by JBC
Lonneke for JBC

Not bad, I did this job in Corsica a few weeks ago, but I am noticing I am not as toned as usual. And a bit pale :s. I have been working too hard on organiceyourlife.com I have not worked out as much! Bad girl...  I want to get back to my Sports Illustrated shape as below!(with the tan preferably ;) ):

Lonneke for SI
Lonneke for Sports Illustrated 2010-2011

That means I have to be tough on myself! No chocolate all the time, eating healthily and also moving my *ss more! You have to work for result... So, I am telling you exactly what I am doing coming weeks. What do I do to get in Top Shape again? I will show you my improvements, and you will also get to see what I eat, and how I change in shape and how my skin will improve! Trust me it will happen, just from one day, you already start having hydrated skin if you drink a lot of water... Will you join me coming 2 weeks and keep track as well? Let's motivate each other! Read this article every day as I will update it continuously! And follow me on Instagram (LonnekeEngel), Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

We can all look great then coming sunny days!

Hope to hear from you soon?

Love, Lonneke

 DAY 1: To start off, I am making it very difficult for myself, as today right away I am taking a flight to across the Atlantic Ocean! But I took the time to wake up (if I get up fast I am tired all day, so I wake up early and take some extra time to just relax in bed before I get up) . I saw all the support tweets and messages and got excited! I started the day with a shot of Chlorophyll on an empty stomach. In the USA it is easy to get, it is the same as in a wheat grass shot, try to find it in your local health store. Chlorophyll is critical in photosynthesis in plants (absorption of energy from light). Then I looked what I still had in my fridge... And made a smoothie! Smoothie: Banana, coconut water, fresh lemon juice, flax seeds.

Banana- coconut -lemonjuice-flaxseeds-smoothie
Banana- coconut -lemonjuice-flaxseeds-smoothie

Workout: 25 min treadmill. I hate doing things for prolonged periods of time. but running while watching something on the iPad is good, and I put my favorite dance music on when I jump on trampoline. I DON'T like work out but I know that every time I start I get in greater shape and feel great after, like I can conquer the world. And feeling sweaty feels good too (release of toxins from your body) It makes your skin soft and nice too! At noon I went to get a nice facial at Tracie Martyn. Getting facials makes your skin glow! Deep cleansing and microdermabrasion. Find a good place close to where you live.

Tracie Martyn 1
Tracie Martyn Salon NYC

For lunch: I was cleaning out my fridge as I am leaving today. So I made soup!

Soup by Lonneke
Soup by Lonneke

Vegetable Soup 1

Author:
Recipe type: soup

Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • chopped fresh parsley (lots of it)
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped onions
  • rosemary
  • oregano

Instructions
  1. saute onions in a pan
  2. other stock put add water, salt, pepper, soy sauce, chopped tomatoes, parsley, oregano, rosemary, onions, sesame oil.
  3. After 30 min, when soup is done, serve and let cool off
  4. add cilantro for flavor and as garnish.
  5. enjoy!

I also snacked on a honey glazed nut crunch thingie:

honey glazed nut crunch snack
honey glazed nut crunch snack

and I drank this drink:

Mamma Chia drink
Mamma Chia drink

I made a salad to go to the airport, which I ate: romaine lettuce, walnuts, cucumber, yellow peppers, a few pieces of old Gouda cheese, grapes, olive oil, salt, pepper, cilantro, parsley:

Day 1 Lonneke 2weeks2fitness dinner
Day 1 Lonneke 2weeks2fitness dinner

During the day if I felt hungry I snacked on some cherries, grapes and nuts. I took a flight from NYC to Amsterdam with KLM. Before that I took a 30 min back massage at Express Spa. You know the one where you sit in a chair and they put their elbows in your back. I love it! So I fell asleep easily on the flight and got a few hours of sleep on the way over. Day 2: I landed in Amsterdam at noon. I went to the hotel. When you are running around you sometimes forget to eat, therefore it is always good to have some sort of snacks with you, that you can eat while on the go.  I went for lunch: a nicoise salad with grilled tuna. Then I walked around the "Vondelpark" with my nephew Navy and his father (my brother-in-law Michael Lamey) for a few hours. We were so tired when we got home as it was so sunny and warm too! I also had to carry Navy, on my back or in my arms, so that was a great work out. For dinner I had a couscous salad with grilled shrimp. And a decaf latte (sorry I could not help it it helps my digestion after a flight) I was so busy all day doing fun things that I forgot food. i just made sure that when I ate, it was delicious! Tomorrow I am going vegetarian I think. I hope they have some good options at the shoot... Day 3: Sorry I did not update this day earlier, but I was shooting today for a campaign with Dutch top models Cato van Ee & Sophie Vlaming.

Lonneke & Cato
Lonneke & Cato

in the morning I ate breakfast in the hotel: 1 banana, 1 slice of bread, a few strawberries, fruit yoghurt, green tea, orange juice, 1 hard boiled egg.

Breakfast Lonneke 2weeks2fitness Day 3