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tumeric chickpea burgers

4 Jun

photo-38Turmeric is pretty in these days, and for good reason!

Known as an anti-inflammatory, natural antiseptic, liver detoxifier, wound healer, free radical safeguard, and digestion helper, turmeric is special indeed.

Add in some turmeric to spice up regular ole chickpeas, and mix it all together for a delicious bean burger!

Here’s how:

Serves 2 – Prep time 5 minutes – Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, soaked and cooked, or from a can (make sure to rinse)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, look for non-irradiated spices
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 dashes of paprika (or add more, depending on your desired spice level)
  • 2 dashes of cayenne (or add more, depending on your desired spice level)
  • 1/2 lemon juice, and zest
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice toasted bread, processed into breadcrumbs
  • a handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp canola oil
  • Optional aioli: 1/2 tbsp vegannaise mixed with 1 medium sized minced garlic clove

Directions:

1. Prep your ingredients: Toast bread, chop onion, mince garlic, rinse and pluck cilantro leaves. Make aioli (optional) by mixing vegannaise and garlic together. Blend toasted bread in food processor to create homemade breadcrumbs. Leave in for the next step.

2. Blend and make patties: Add chickpeas, spices, lemon juice, zest, olive oil, salt, egg, cilantro and onion into the food processor. Blend until mixed well. Create small patties, stacking them on a plate.

3. Cook. Take out a medium sized sautee pan. Over medium/high heat, add canola oil. Place patties into the pan, cooking on each side for 5 minutes. Repeat until all patties have been cooked, adding in more canola oil as you go to prevent them from sticking.

4. Eat. Place on a plate then garnish with cilantro using your aioli as a tasty dip, or try it out with some slices of avocado, or even sprouts!

For an everyday way to incorporate turmeric into your diet, try this delicious smoothie recipe!

zesty bean burgers

22 Jun

3197378063_e15444e570 for a dinner that will satisfy your hungry family, and is just as filling as a regular burger? Try making these zesty and protein packed bean burgers for dinner. You will be so distracted by their tastiness that even an avid meat eater will forget they are eating beans. A true crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1.5 cups black beans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • 1 cup toasted bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or canola

Directions:

Cook 1 cup of lentils in 2 cups of water for about 30-45 minutes, test for doneness. Chop the cilantro, onion, zest your lemon and put to the side. You can make your own breadcrumbs by toasting 1 large slice of bread, or 2 regular slices, and placing them in your food processor until finely chopped. Combine cooked lentils and black beans (from BPA free can, or you can soak and cook them too!), eggs and salt in your food processor. Puree until the consistency is thick, but dip -like. Pour your mixture into a mixing bowl, and add in your chopped cilantro, onion and lemon zest. Stir, and add your breadcrumbs. Stir again and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Start forming your burgers into 12 –  1.5 inch thick patties (or feel free to make them bigger).

Heat olive oil or canola oil in a pan over medium low heat, add a few patties at a time, cover and cook for 7-10 minutes until the bottoms turn brown. Flip them and cook on the other side until golden. Enjoy on a bun with your favorite toppings, or on its own with a verdant salad.

Adapted from Heidi Swanson.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Hoffman