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Ashley Simone of Zesty Catering joined the library virtually for a cooking class in July. Check out the recipe below along with other books to help explain sustainable cooking.



Reading List:

The Vegan Meat Cookbook by Isabel Minunni

How to Grill Everything by Mark Bittman

Grilling Vegan Style by John Schlimm

Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry

VBQ:  The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook by Nadine Horn and Jorg Mayer

Great Vegan Meals for the Carnivorous Family by Amanda Logan

Street Vegan by Adam Sobel

Recipes from Chef Ashley Simone of Zesty Catering 2021 

Quinoa Chickpea Veggie Burgers (makes 4-5 burgers)


2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup finely chopped onions

½ cup finely chopped carrots

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup cooked chickpeas

1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

¾- 1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Dash cayenne

1 egg (or 1 TB flaxseed meal mixed with 1 ½ TB water)


Saute in sauté pan over medium heat the olive oil with the onions, carrots and garlic.

Saute for 5-6 minutes to vegetables are soft and translucent. Set aside

Put chickpeas in bowl and mash with a potato masher (or with hands). Add in quinoa,

tarragon, parsley, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Mix with hands (or spoon)

till well incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Mix in egg. Form into 4-5

patties. Set in fridge to chill at least 15 minutes.

Set grill on Medium High flame and let warm up for 10 minutes or so. Oil grill grates

well. You can grill them on an oiled grill pan over the flames as well.

Grill veggie burger for 3 minutes or so each side. Be careful when flipping them, so they

don’t fall apart. Grill so there are nice grill marks on each side.

Enjoy the veggie burger on a bun with toppings of your favorite toppings, including the

Spicy Mayonnaise.

Spicy Mayonnaise


1 cup mayonnaise (can sub vegan mayonnaise as well)

3 tablespoons Sriracha Chili Sauce

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Dash lemon juice


Combine ingredients till incorporated.

Spread on bun for your favorite veggie burger or use a tasty garnish for other delicious


Grilled Marinated Vegetable Platter


(makes a little over 1 cup marinade)

½ cup Soy sauce

½ cup Balsamic Vinegar

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1-2 cloves Chopped garlic

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

½ teaspoon Red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Salt to taste

Vegetables (choose all or some of these):


Yellow summer squash


Large portabella mushrooms

Colorful bell peppers


Red Onion


Handful Crumbled goat cheese or vegan crumbling cheese (1/4 cup to ¾ cup depending on how

many vegetables you grill)

1- 2 tablespoons Fresh parsley, chopped


-Mix all the marinade ingredients and set aside

Slice the vegetables length wise in long strips for grilling.

-Put marinade and vegetables in either plastic container

with lid or Ziploc baggie. Shake so the vegetables are fully coated with

marinade. Let sit at least 20 minutes and up to an hour and a half in the

marinade in the fridge.

-Grill vegetables over a high flame for a few minutes on either side, till lovely

grill marks appear and the vegetables are cooked. Set aside.

-Cut vegetables in shapes with points. Cutting on the diagonal or in triangles is


-Assemble vegetables on platter with pretty points facing up

or however your creativity decides. Can be served warm or

room temp. Top with crumbled goat cheese and chopped

parsley. Enjoy!

Download a PDF of the recipe here

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Behind the scene photos (photo credit:  Etta Worthington)\


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