Swiss Mushroom Quinoa Burgers Recipe
If you’re looking for ways to have a flavorful dose of protein between two buns this weekend for the unofficial start of summer, look no further than this Swiss mushroom quinoa burger. You can easily make a batch of 8 burgers to cook for a crowd or keep a few in the freezer for when you need a veggie option for a cookout. A meat-free bouillon paste adds savory umami notes. You likely have the rest of the ingredients for the patties in your pantry!
Swiss Mushroom Quinoa Burgers
Total Time: 25 minutes, plus 1-hour chilling time
2 large eggs
4 large garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
2 tablespoons beef-less vegetarian soup base
2 ½ cups cooked quinoa
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and mashed
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons avocado oil
8 burger buns
8 slices plant-based Swiss cheese (chao)
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
4 romaine leaves
1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs, garlic, oil, and soup base seasoning. Mix in cooked quinoa, mashed chickpeas, and breadcrumbs.
- Divide mixture into 8 equal parts and roll into balls. Flatten each ball into a 3 ½ inch patty. Place burgers on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for an hour before cooking.
- Heat a skillet on medium with 3 tablespoons of avocado oil. Cook patties 3 minutes per side or until heated through and golden in color. Served topped with your favorite toppings.
Memorial Day Hours: Monday, May 29, 2023
The Annex Sessions: Javier Navarrette Latin Jazz Trio – June 7, 2023
Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 6-8:30pm will continue our music series held at El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company Prepared Food Annex (The Annex) – “The Annex Sessions”
Javier Navarrette’s Latin Jazz Trio featuring:
Anthony Blea- violin
Marco Diaz – piano
Javier Navarrette – percussion
Danceable Latin Jazz music with infectious “Charanga Grooves”!
Javier Navarrette – is a professional percussionist, musician, composer, arranger and educator living in Oakland, California, specializing in Afro-Caribbean music. Javier’s performance and recording career spans over three decades.
Amongst the many greats he has played with are: Poncho Sanchez; Los Van Van; the Conga Kings: Francisco Aguabella, Carlos “Patáto” Valdez, and Milton Cardona; as well as with jazz, Javier received the artist scholarship award with Plaza Cuba Travels to study music at La Escuela Nacional de Arte in Habana, Cuba.
Javier has been teaching with Living Jazz Children’s Music Project in the Oakland public schools and at the summer Jam Camp for Children.
Javier produces Modúpue Sundays with Arts at the Basin, Rocky’s Market, Brooklyn Basin, Oakland, and the Neighborhood Sessions at The Annex in El Cerrito, both musical events presenting the Bay Area’s legendary musicians in the Afro-Latin music Scene.
Anthony Blea -skill on the violin landed him work with many international legends such as Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs and Leonard Bernstein to name a few. Most notably Anthony has played with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
Marco Diaz – is an accomplished recording musician who has shared the stage with Grammy Award winning artist, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Nelson Gonzales, Jimmy Bosch, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Ska Cubano (Europe), Tito Rojas, Nino Segarra, Anthony Cruz, Anthony Blea, Jovino Santos Neto, Joe Santiago, and is an integral member of the John Santos sextet and the musical director for Bobi Cespedes. while also co-leading Vission Latina, an Afro-Caribbean dance band, VL Trio, and his own group.
The Natural Grocery Company is proud to present this series in partnership with SunJams and Javier Navarrette Music.
SunJams is committed to funding children’s music education in underserved public elementary schools. Your donation will help support this ongoing program.
All of the proceeds will go directly to our network of local musicians, each of whom have been severely impacted by the lack of events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether you donate $10, $100, or $1000 – any amount helps and will allow us to keep bringing music to our community! As always, your donation to SunJams 501(c)3 may qualify as tax exempt.
Javier Navarrette Music continues to bring live music to several venues around the Bay Area. Javier has been a professional musician and music educator in the Oakland Unified School District for the past 20 years. Over the past few years Navarrette has produced outdoors events that have proven instrumental in enabling musicians to deal with some of the fallout of the pandemic and shutdown that followed.
COVID RELATED SAFETY MEASURES
Please be safe. Feel free to wear a mask if you prefer.
Tickets are NOT required for this venue, you can simply come in, order food and beverages at the Annex counter and pay at the registers.
Spring Wine Tasting on Sunday, May 21, 2023
Join us from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Annex, 10387 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito CA for a tasting of California wines. We will kick off our Wine Price Crush Sale with this event. Meet winemakers & their representatives to learn about their wines and enjoy samples. Seven wineries will be serving a total of 22 wines!
Buy a case (12 bottles, mix & match OK) the same day and not only will you get 20% off the case but your tasting fee ($20) will be refunded to you.
Must be 21+ to participate.
Coconut Hemp Protein Bites Recipe
Looking for a quick snack? These coconut hemp protein bites are ready in minutes and perfectly portioned for lunch boxes, the mid-afternoon slump, or to fuel your next workout. The recipe is scalable and customizable. Double it so you always have a quick bite on hand when hunger strikes. You can swap nuts or dried fruit, add a flavored protein powder, or skip the shredded coconut. Make sure you write down the changes as you make them—there’s nothing worse than perfecting your secret recipe and not being able to replicate it!
Coconut Hemp Protein Bites
Total Time: 10 minutes
½ cup raisins
1/3 cup roasted sunflower seeds
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup walnuts
¼ cup hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ cup almond butter
½ cup shredded coconut
- In a food processor, place raisins, nuts, sunflower seeds, hemp protein, maple syrup, hemp hearts, and chia seeds. Run machine until mixture is finely minced.
- Place nut/seed mixture in a mixing bowl and work in almond butter until dough forms.
- Scoop mixture into tablespoon amounts and roll into balls then coat in shredded coconut. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
New Hours at The Annex beginning Monday, May 15, 2023
Wine Price Crush Sale May 21-29, 2023
Bike to Wherever Raffle at The Annex
Taco Caesar Salad Recipe
Full of protein and dressed with a creamy homemade Caesar dressing, this salad is quick and satisfying. Don’t skimp on all the extras! We love the textures and flavors that the toppings bring, from rich avocado to tangy pickled red onion and crunchy tortilla chips. Romaine lettuce holds up well to the warm beans and taco filling, but feel free to substitute your favorite hearty green.
Taco Caesar Salad
Total Time: 40 minutes
3.4-ounce package taco seasoned plant-based crumbles
½ cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
½ head romaine lettuce, chopped
½ cup pickled red onion, drained
1 avocado, chopped
½ cup cilantro leaves
½ cup shaved parmesan
3 ounces corn tortilla chips
½ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Cook taco crumbles based on the package instructions. Stir in black beans and heat until warmed through.
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
- Place warm crumbles and black beans as the base of the salad on plates. Arrange romaine, pickled onion, avocado, cilantro, and parmesan on top. Drizzle salads with dressing and top with broken tortilla chips.