Crispy Cauliflower Burger, and For Everything There is a Season

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

The melody and the words to the famous song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds floats quietly yet pointedly in my mind as I sit here reflecting on how very quickly life seems to go by, and all of the changes that it brings along with it.

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

My husband and I just recently had our yard slightly re-landscaped and covered with fresh green sod; and during the process it struck me, as I looked at the who-knows-how-old-by-now yellowed and thatchy grass that sat in dry clumps after being turned up and torn out, that there is a time for the old to be taken out, and for new to be introduced so that life may continue to thrive and progress.

We removed a few old shrubs and small trees that had begun blocking our front windows as well, and once we saw how much more open, bright and airy—more streamlined and simplified—our yard would be, we became so excited at the prospect of seeing the project get completed so that we could enjoy a totally revamped and fresh take on something we had gotten so used to seeing in a (by now) uninspired way.

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

It seems all to easy for us to get comfortable and want to stay in what is familiar to us in our lives simply because we feel we know it so intimately, even if we’ve outgrown that current state or have exhausted all that is has to offer.

But the effects of time spare no one; and nothing ever stays the same.

Whether it’s an old lawn way past it’s prime that can no longer be revived with fertilizer and ample watering; or a yard with shrubs and trees that block too much of the spiritually therapeutic and uplifting light from entering in more fully; or whether we stay in personal situations that have been left undernourished and un-nurtured, and have become dry and emotionally brittle; or whether we’ve become accustomed to playing certain roles in our lives that once were very necessary and useful, but now, are in need of altering and shaping into something different, there comes a time for renewal—a season for change.

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

There is a season for everything; and once that season is over, the old must be replaced with something new and appropriate for that specific time of life.

Old ways need new life breathed into them; relationships that have been developed in one way may need to evolve into something more mature and refined; and the fruits of the previous season need to be replaced by the fruits that the current season brings in with such ease.

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

It’s interesting how this beautiful nature that surrounds us doesn’t seem to fight the law of change, renewal and rebirth.

As we come out of our previous season and enter into the summer season, I look around at all of the gorgeous and vibrantly colored foods that are now available to us, juicy and ripe at the peak of their freshness and abundance. Produce calls out to be used creatively in new recipes, and inspires us to think a little outside the box.

It’s healthier, lighter fare; and it provides our bodies with all the nutrients that we could possibly need, while providing our taste buds and palettes with refreshing bursts and crisp-tender bites, such as found in a crispy-fried cauliflower burger topped with smokey roasted red peppers.

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

Nature’s seasons are always changing, always providing newness and the appropriate remedies in the food that becomes available to us, meeting us where we are.

We, however, don’t always flow so easily, do we? But perhaps we can be taught.

Crispy Cauliflower Burger

Seeing my yard in sort of a state of “upheaval” recently, all turned up and almost unfamiliar, made me think about my own life and how there is a time—a season—for all things. It became symbolic for me as I examined the various areas of my life where some sort of change or shift is about to take place for me, and it was a little disorienting and slightly unnerving for a moment.

But then I realized that if I surrender fully and invite whatever newness or refinement is needed to come in, it would be like those fresh, young blades of grass that had been planted in our yard; and what would spring up and grow would be exactly what is needed for this particular time in my life, making for quite a breathtaking and inspiring view, ultimately.

Here’s to each new flavorful season in our lives; and for the renewal, refining and shaping that it can bring, not to mention the fresh perspective.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


{ 15 comments… add one }

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me June 16, 2014, 1:49 pm

    These look delicious and fun – and so different!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health June 16, 2014, 8:53 pm

    This is a brilliant recipe! I can’t get over how much the cauliflower looks like a chicken fillet. You’ve got me drooling and I just finished dinner!

    • The Cozy Apron June 17, 2014, 6:38 am

      Sarah, that’s so funny! Yes, you’ll never miss the meat with this one.

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche June 18, 2014, 1:25 am

    Ohh woowwww! I actually was JUST converted to cauliflower (literally yesterday!) and now I think it might become a new favourite, so I will definitely be trying these!

  • maria July 7, 2014, 10:08 am

    These look delicious! I love that you quick fried them – yum!

  • The Cozy Apron July 7, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Thanks, Maria!

  • Kayaker July 8, 2014, 2:28 pm

    This sounds delicious. Great idea for a new kind of veggie burger. Looking forward to trying it soon. You are so creative!

  • Gina July 29, 2014, 5:36 pm

    Made these tonight for dinner using purple cauliflower – just because! Total success. Will definitely be adding this recipe to the regular dinner cycle. And the spicy hummus-mayo was also really great. I’m not a huge fan of mayo, but the garbanzo beans and seasoning made all the difference. Thanks!

  • The Cozy Apron July 30, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Hi Gina, that’s great! Thanks so much for commenting!

  • Bec September 2, 2014, 12:58 am

    Amazing! I am so trying this, I LOVE cauliflower, veggie burgers and panko break crumbs.

  • Lolo January 3, 2016, 4:30 am

    I am a carnivore. However, just for fun I decided to make this recipe. I love cauliflower. It was one of the most delicious sandwiches I have eaten in ages. My husband agreed wholeheartedly and he only eats cauliflower raw. I followed
    the recipe to a Tee. I must say it took forever to put together. But well worth the trouble. An absolute 5-star recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron January 3, 2016, 4:05 pm

      Hi Lolo, thanks so much for sharing your experience with the recipe! So glad you enjoyed these burgers, even though they can be a bit labor intensive; but I’m thrilled that both you and your hubby thought these were worth the effort! Thanks again.

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