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Beer-Rye Crackers and Pickled Red Onion Hummus Plate

Homemade beer-rye crackers are super simple to make, with just four ingredients. They have an earthy-sweet flavor that goes great with pickled vegetables, like the red onions I enjoy on my favorite hummus.

I created this recipe for Sabra. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen. 

Homemade Beer-Rye Crackers and Pickled Red Onion Hummus Plate

I’m the kind of person who’s ready for dinner at 5 on the dot. It doesn’t matter what time I eat lunch or if I have an afternoon snack – when 5 o’clock rolls around, my stomach starts growling. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really mesh with real life, especially since a lot of nights I don’t even leave work until closer to 6. By the time I get home, I’m full-on hangry.

In the past, I’d use my ravenous hunger as an excuse to have dinner delivered – I’d literally be too hungry to cook – but this year we’ve been trying to cook at home more. I’ve found that having a hearty, easy-to-grab snack as soon as I get home has made a world of difference.

I try to plan something with an exciting flavor profile but that’s super simple to make, like these beer-rye crackers with pickled red onion hummus. That way, we can eat and relax for a few minutes while I get my head on straight and decompress from my day. It’s a nice break in the middle of our otherwise hectic evenings. By the time our “unofficial meal” is over, I’m ready to cook dinner at a more leisurely pace. I’ve actually started to enjoy cooking on weeknights more, since I’m not doing it under so much pressure.
Homemade Beer-Rye Crackers and Pickled Red Onion Hummus Plate
Our snack usually consists of a crispy component and some sort of a thick dip. Jicama sticks with guacamole, tortilla chips with fresh salsa, and pita or crackers with hummus are a few of my favorites.

One of the things I love about Sabra hummus is that there are a ton of different flavors available, so I never get bored. But it’s also really fun to use classic hummus as a blank slate for your own toppings!

This combo of pickled red onions (I always have them in my fridge – see my recipe here), corn, thinly shaved fennel, dill, and lemon oil was inspired by the  one I created on my trip to the Sabra headquarters last summer, and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s delicious with pita chips, but it’s even better with homemade beer-rye crackers! The earthy crackers have a slight sweetness to them from the beer, and they pair really well with the acidic onions and crisp fennel. Plus, they’re super simple to make and keep well in an airtight container or zip-top bag, so you can make a big batch that will last all week long.

Having a hearty snack later in the afternoon is such a simple idea, but it’s amazing what a difference it’s made for me. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you don’t already.
Homemade Beer-Rye Crackers and Pickled Red Onion Hummus Plate

Beer-Rye Crackers and Pickled Red Onion Hummus Plate

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

10 mins

Total time

20 mins

Author: Lauren Keating

  • ½ cup hoppy beer, preferable ale
  • 1¾ cups dark rye flour
  • 1 teaspoon butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until all of the flour is incorporated and a thick, tacky dough forms.
  3. Divide the dough into 16 small balls, about the size of a large marble. Flatten each ball between your palms, then press into a thin round disk about ⅛-inch thick. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets. Prick the discs all over with the tines of a fork.
  4. Bake 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Remove form the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely.
  5. Store in an airtight container or zip-top bag.

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Homemade Veggie Burgers with Carrot-Celery Slaw

Homemade veggie burgers are easier to make than you might think – and the flavor combinations are endless! These brown rice and walnut burgers are a great basic recipe that goes well with any topping. Here, I’ve topped them with GO VEGGIE’s new sriracha deli slices and a crispy, tangy carrot and celery slaw.
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When I was enrolled in cooking school last year, one of my favorite units was on homemade veggie burgers. It wasn’t because I love them (although I do!) but I loved how once you learned the basic formula, you could combine ingredients to make a burger with just about any flavor you can imagine.

March is National Nutrition Month, so I thought it would be a great time to share on of my favorite combinations.

To build a veggie burger, choose a grain (oats, wheat, rice, barley, etc), a plant-based protein (beans, nuts, or tofu), vegetables , and a binder. You can also add fresh herbs, spices, or acidic elements like hot sauce or tamari to round out the flavor.

Homemade Veggie Burgers with Carrot-Celery Slaw

I like my veggie burgers to be rich and hearty, but I also like them to taste like vegetables. For these burgers, I used a base of brown rice and walnuts – I love the hearty texture and rich flavor this combination gives the burgers. Then I added carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and fresh cilantro for flavor.

Since any burger is only as good as the toppings you put on it, I thought long and hard about how I wanted to finish these. I was really excited to try GO VEGGIE’s new sriracha deli slices, so those were a given. At first, I didn’t realize that the deli slices were different from the singles, but it turns out they are! The deli slices are drier, with a texture more similar to cheese that’s sliced off the block. They’re lactose and soy free and have 40% less calories and 40% more calcium than dairy cheese. The sriracha flavor has a subtle peppery flavor that isn’t too spicy.

To complement the flavor of the sriracha slices, I made an easy slaw inspired by banh mi. Shredded carrot and thinly sliced celery adds crunch, while grated cucumber has a cool, refreshing flavor.

Homemade Veggie Burgers with Carrot-Celery Slaw

For more homemade veggie burgers, try: Taco Veggie Burgers // Meatball Style Veggie Burgers // Chipotle Lentil and Cauliflower Burgers

Homemade Veggie Burgers with Carrot-Celery Slaw

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

15 mins

Total time

25 mins

Author: Lauren Keating

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 slices GO VEGGIE deli style sriracha slices
  • 4 sesame seed rolls
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • ½ English cucumber, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Add the rice, walnuts, broccoli, mushrooms, carrot, and cilantro to a food processor. Process 20-30 seconds, or until the mixture is crumbly. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Form the mixture into four balls; roll each ball in flour then press them into ¼-inch patties (if the edges crack, simply press them back together). Place the patties on a baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes, or until the edges are brown.
  4. Carefully flip the burgers and cook another 5 minutes. Top each burger with a deli slice and bake another 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the slaw by combining all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Let rest 5-10 minutes while the burgers cook.
  6. To serve, place the homemade veggie burgers on the rolls and top with a generous portion of the slaw.

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I created this recipe for my client, GO Veggie! Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen.

Chicken Vol-au-Vent

This is a favorite dinner party recipe
from many years ago.

It takes a little more time, but you can
make it ahead of time. 

I use Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells.

Saute seasoned chicken thighs in butter.
Set aside to cool and remove the bone and skin.

I don’t know why this picture keep loading up-side
down, but I wanted you to see the breakfast
sausage I used to fill the chicken thighs.

Ingredients for the sour cream mushroom
sherry sauce.

Saute the mushrooms, blend in flour, add broth,
then sour cream and sherry.

Roll out the pastry shells on a
flowered surface.

Lay a chicken thigh on the pastry and place
a sausage where the bone was. Add a bit of
mushroom sauce and enclose.

I make these ahead of time.

Bake seam-side down at 400º until golden;
about 30 minutes.

Serve with rice and a fresh vegetable.

Spoon on the heated mushroom sauce.
I cut the recipe in half for just the two
 of us and we had the extra 2 bundles for
dinner on another night. That made us happy.

Perfect little bundles. Similar in
technique to beef wellington.

Chicken Vol-au-vent
2 pkgs. frozen patty shells (Pepperidge Farm)
8 chicken thighs, skinned 
8 brown and serve sausages
(prepared per package instructions)
1/4 C butter
1 C chicken broth
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, diced
1/4 C flour
1/2 t salt
1 4 t pepper
1/4 t paprika (optional)
1 C sour cream
1/3 C sherry
2 T milk
Thaw 8 patty shells. Seasoned the chicken thighs
with salt & pepper and brown all around in butter.
Cover and simmer for 20  minutes. Remove
chicken from the pan. Saute the mushrooms in
 the pan drippings. Blend in flour and seasonings.
Add broth and whisk until thickened and smooth.
Whisk in the sour cream and sherry. Turn off heat.
Remove the bones from the thighs and place a
 browned sausage in the bone cavity of each thigh.
 Roll each thawed patty shell into a 6″ square
on a lightly floured surface. Place a stuffed
 thigh in the center of each pastry square and top
with 2 T of the mushroom sauce. Fold pastry and
place seam-side down in a baking sheet. Brush the
 tops with milk. Bake @400º for 30 minutes
until golden brown. Serve with hot mushroom
sauce. Good with a green vegetable, salad,
 French bread, wine, white or wild rice.
Enjoy!


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