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As I mentioned in my last post for Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, more often then not, I cook or bake something a few times before I post it. I don't know what's happening lately but I think I have a magical cooking fairy on my side these days because this recipe was completely last minute and totally freakin' delicious. In fact, these burgers were effing AMAZING!
Yes, I get thrilled about food. Why? Because I used to be stuck with the notion that healthy food was boring and flavourless. Yes, this was before I became a nutritionist and thought that eating my bran flakes with skim milk everyday for breakie, then my low-fat frozen chicken dinner was healthy. Guess what? I was not as joyous or energetic as I am today (and I had my fair-share of health issues too).
So, without further ranting, check out this recipe for my gluten/soy/dairy-free AMAZINGLY JOYOUS VEGGIE BURGERS t! You did hear that right... a veggie burger that's not tofu or soy-based, you got it sisters and brothers.
1 can organic black beans, (Eden Organic is BPA-FREE), drained and rinsed*
1 can organic garbanzo (chick peas) beans, (Eden Organic is BPA-FREE), drained and rinsed*
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (If you can find organic sulfite-free, they are better taste/health-wise)
2 tbsp organic curry powder (Plus I tossed in extra cumin and turmeric - just a dash or 2). I suggest you give it a taste test after you add the first tbsp of curry powder and see how you like it. I buy mine in bulk from a health food store and I have Simply Organic cumin and turmeric glass bottle shakers).
1/4 cup organic sesame oil or extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp organic wheat-free tamari. If you are allergic or sensitive to soy omit this
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped (used dried if you don't have fresh)
Sea salt and pepper to taste.
2 tbsp organic coconut oil
If time allows, you can certainly use dried beans, soak and then cook them. That's always the best choice health-wise, but I always keep cans of Eden Organic beans around for times like this - when I want a yummy meal fast.
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the black beans, garbanzo beans, quinoa into your food processor and blend. You may need to do this in batches if your food processor is not large enough. Add the remaining ingredients - sundried tomatoes, spices, herbs, oil, tamari (NOT the coco oil, that's to pan fry). Combine until fully blended. Form into 1.5 inch thick patties or whatever size you like.
In a large pan, melt coconut oil on medium. Once hot, place 4-5 of the patties into your pan to sear the outside. Let cook 4-5 minutes (be careful they don't burn!) and then flip. Once seared a golden brown colour, place them on a cookie sheet and transfer to the oven. Continue to cook for another 10-12 minutes. You could skip the oven step if you want and eat them right away, I personally like to cook them a bit more. Now you want to dress them up, which is why you can make this spicy salsa below!
Makes 8 burgers.
1 ripe avocado chopped
1/2 small red onion finely chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1 tsp organic hot dried chili peppers
A few gluggs of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Once you've chopped all your ingredients, toss them all in a bowl with your EVOO and let sit so the flavours can mingle. Your garlic is a potent superfood and even more so if you let it sit 10 minutes post-chopping so that the naturally occurring chemical called "allicin" can work it's magic.
How to enjoy:
Forget a burger bun! Take a couple of handfuls of any leafy green and place on a plate. Place 1-2 spoonfuls of the salsa on top of the greens, then place 1-2 burgers (depending on the size) on top and then more salsa. You may want to put another drizzle of EVOO on top.
NOTE: These are not burgers that are going to solidify into a solid mass. However, if you sear them properly they will stick together. Just keep this in mind, because they are not ideal for putting into a burger bun. But that doesn't matter cause they taste so gosh darn delicious!
As well, over the next week or so, I will be posting a 5-part series on my joyoushealth youtube channel on How To Get A Flat Belly, and it's NOT what you think! Here's the first video of 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bwijyautJPs
Have a joyous day!