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—Arlene R. Taylor PhD

While staying with me during my post-op hip-joint-replacement surgery, my cousin Carmen prepared some delicious meals. One day she made meatless patties—the upside being that you can make a couple different versions from the same ingredients. They freeze well so you can made a double batch with very little additional work—ready to take out of the freezer and serve at a moment's notice.


  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (or ½ c nuts and ½ c sunflower seeds)
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup egg whites (or equivalent to equal 4 eggs) if you use eggs
  • ¼ cup Chia seeds
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or non-dairy milk (almond, rice)
  • 1 T McKay’s mock-chicken seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp sage
  • ⅛ tsp marjoram
  • ½ tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, minced)
  • ½ cup diced mushrooms, sauté in frying pan with 1 Tbsp oil until dry (if desired)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (except for rice milk or broth).
  2. Place rice milk or broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour over ingredients in bowl and mix well. Cover and let stand for340 minutes or so.

Version #1 – Meat-less Patties

  1. Form into 2-inch patties about 1/2 inch thick and place on greased cookie sheet.
  2. Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees F. for about 45 minutes until patties are brown and cooked.
  3. Remove from oven. Place in layers in a 9-12 inch casserole dish sprayed with olive oil. Pour three cups of gravy over the patties. Cover casserole and return to oven for 30-40 minutes until heated through.
  4. Can serve with mashed or baked potatoes or spoon over cooked and drained noodles.

Version #2 - Meat-less Burgers

  1. Form into three-inch patties about 1/2 inch thick and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  2. Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees F. for about 45 minutes until patties are brown.
  3. Remove from oven and carefully place each on ½ of a mixed-grain burger bun or English muffin.
  4. You can top with any desired condiments and eat open faced. 


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