These vibrantly green vegan spinach and pea burgers are super quick to make, healthy and use mainly frozen ingredients. They’re a great veggie BBQ option.
You know that feeling… you plan a barbecue weeks in advance but the weather won’t cooperate. Sometimes you go out and buy all of the fresh food for a barbecue and then the heavens open and it’s a washout. I’m sure we’ve all had indoor barbecues many times, but what about those times when it’s a Saturday afternoon and the sun is unexpectedly shining and a spontaneous barbecue is on the cards?
Sure, you could head for the shops, but instead of leaving the glorious garden I’ve found a better way: stocking the freezer with barbecue and picnic food so when the opportunity arises you can eat alfresco.
As part of Iceland’s #PowerofFrozen campaign, they’ve asked me to show you how frozen food can be convenient for summer dining. Using mainly frozen ingredients, plus a few store cupboard staples, you can have everything ready to make these spinach and pea burgers quickly, so if the sun comes out your veggie option is sorted.
These burgers are great on their own with salad, but I’ve served them alongside cobs of sweetcorn, quinoa and vegetable salad and a cold minted pea and bean medley. All of these were frozen and from Iceland and they just needed to be heated up.
- 130g (1 cup) frozen peas
- ½ an onion, chopped (5 tablespoons frozen chopped onions)
- 3 cubes of frozen spinach (chopped or whole leaf)
- 1 x 400ml can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 2-3 handfuls breadcrumbs
- 3 tablespoons plain flour (for dusting)
- Defrost the peas and onions by placing into a colander and pouring boiling water over them. Defrost the spinach in the same way, though it doesn’t have to be completely defrosted. Chop up any large frozen pieces.
- Add the peas, spinach, chickpeas, onion, parsley and garlic to a food processor or blender and whiz until coarsely blended. Add to a bowl along with the salt and pepper and breadcrumbs and combine.
- Press into burger shapes and coat in the flour. Place onto a plate or tray and freeze for 15 minutes, or put into the fridge if making ahead.
- Cook them in a frying pan over a medium heat with a little oil until browned and cooked, then flip and cook the other side until browned as well.
- Alternatively, cook on the barbecue on a mesh barbecue rack so they don’t fall into the coals.
- Serve in rolls with salad.
The above frozen ingredients can be combined in so many different ways that you could eat them every night for a week and not even realise that it’s the same basic foods – to me that is the #PowerofFrozen.
Frozen peas, spinach, onions, garlic and parsley – there are so many options to use up the remaining ingredients after making the pea burgers. You could whiz them into a green pasta sauce, add them to eggs for a frittata, blend up a soup, add spices to make a curry or even add a tin of chopped tomatoes and some chopped chilli serve it over rice. And the best part is you could get all of the frozen ingredients above for well under £5 and this amount could feed a family of four for many meals.
Peas have always been a staple in my freezer, but now that I’ve been regularly shopping in Iceland, I can see the huge benefits to keeping a well-stocked freezer. I always have a supply of chopped garlic, parsley, red chillis in the freezer, ready to jazz up a meal in seconds, as well as chopped onions to save me tears of chopping my own.
Some of the frozen ingredients at Iceland that have surprised and delighted me have been the asparagus, marinated artichokes, pea and bean medley, vegetables with quinoa and other healthy ingredients. If I’m busy, I can throw a bit of this and a bit of that into a frying pan and heat it through – voila a nutritious and delicious meal in minutes. It is truly fast food and helps to reduce food waste since you only take out what you need, saving the rest for another meal.
Iceland says: “The Power of Frozen delivers food that is nutritious, flavoursome, safe, high quality and yet great value for money. We carefully select food from across the globe to freeze and bring to our stores, providing an extensive, varied and unique eating experience.”
Take a look at my other meals for the #PowerofFrozen campaign:
Looking for more inspiration for barbecue and picnic ideas from Iceland harnessing the #PowerofFrozen? Try these along with your Spinach and Pea Burgers:
Foodie Quine’s BBQ Waffle S’Mores
Amuse Your Bouche’s Cheese and Onion Lentil Rolls
Maison Cupcake’s Easy Summer Meal for 6 in 30 Minutes
Fab Food 4 All’s Best Ever Chunky BBQ Relish
Kerry Cooks’ Easy Chocolate Gelato Ice Cream Cake
Disclosure: This recipe post was commissioned by Iceland Foods. All opinions are my own.