Sometimes I’m just feeling really lazy! And other times, I’m tired of going out for dinner and watching my friends eat burgers and fries, while I’m relegated to the “Entree Salads” section of the menu. When I’m having one of those days, I come home and eat a veggie burger!
Sadly, I don’t think Canada has caught up to other countries on the veggie burger train. You can’t buy Quorn here, nor can we buy Morningstar Farms products (and they’re supposed to be America’s #1 Veggie Burger!). So, my veggie burger of choice is Yves Garden Vegetable Patties, which aren’t sold in the USA but are totally awesome because they’re chock-full of little pieces of vegetables, and they don’t try to replicate the taste of meat (a dislike of meat is the primary reason I became vegetarian in the first place). Writing that paragraph makes me a little angry- why are vegetarian products so different regionally? Quorn has been sold in the UK since 1985, but the Canadian government won’t approve it for sale here? And why can’t my friends in beef-loving Texas enjoy a Yves Garden Vegetable Patty every now and then?
So here is my little Canadian veggie burger, on a fresh kaiser bun from the bakery, topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. On the side, some french fries and leftover romesco sauce (vegan friendly, not like aioli!) for dipping.