Here's a meatless main dish recipe for you to try. It actually was pretty good. To make it totally vegan, use Mom's French Bread recipe for the buns. And the grilled veggie kabobs have a little BBQ sauce on them. Yummy!
2 cans black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 carrots, grated
1/2 cup dry rolled oats
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or any other seed (I used sunflower seeds)
1 Tb. olive oil
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Next, add the oats and seeds to your food processor and grind until coarsely chopped (they will still be a little chunky). Let it run for roughly 10 seconds.
Grate the carrots and then add to your mixture in the food processor. Add 3/4 of the beans, all spices, and the olive oil. Give the mixture a whir and mix it all together.
Spoon the mixture into a mixing bowl and then fold in the rest of the whole, reserved beans. Wet your hands and then form into 6 medium sized patties. Place patties on a non-stick baking sheet or into a baking pan, and bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, turning once in the middle. If you want to grill these, bake them for 30 minutes at 300 and then throw them on the grill to reheat and get a little extra browning.