Tuesday, July 30, 2013

White Bean Cheddar Burger

Sedona, AZ

  I know I always talk/rant (haha) about healthy eating.  But  I just want to be clear, my diet is in no way about deprivation!  I enjoy food more than anyone I know.  The combination of tasting delicious, with feeling great from all the health benefits of the diet is part of what makes it so enjoyable!   The key to delicious, healthy, plant-based food is this:  Fresh produce, creative substitutions, and a killer spice rack.  My recipe ingredients may sometimes be a little unusual,  but their flavor profiles often recreate classic flavors and dishes into healthy, natural, veganized ones.   My White Bean Cheddar Burger, for example, contains all whole food natural ingredients.  No dairy or processed imitation cheese involved, but it sure is cheddary!  

  As an added bonus, these burgers contain turmeric which is an excellent superfood!  Turmeric is a root in the ginger family.  It is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial food.  It naturally treats joint pain, sores, digestion issues, and skin conditions such as eczema and chicken pox!  It also helps the body recover rapidly from bruising and sprains.  Really quite incredible.  So it's time to add turmeric to your grocery list.  You can sometimes find it in the produce section near the ginger.  If you can't find it fresh, you can find it dried and ground, in the spice section of the grocery store.  

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White Bean Cheddar Burger

White Bean Cheddar Burger
Dinners, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Oil free, Quick Meals, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegan Cheeses
makes 2 burgers

1 cup cooked navy beans
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (much different flavor from regular paprika, in spice section)
2 Tbsp chopped onion
1 clove garlic, pressed or grated
1/8 tsp fresh turmeric, grated or 1/8 tsp dried ground turmeric
1 tsp lemon juice & zest
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp fresh parsley
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

In a bowl, mash beans with a fork while slowly adding all other ingredients.  Stir and mash to combine.   Form into 2 patties.

On a very lightly sprayed or oiled pan, over medium heat, sauté for approximately 6-7 minutes on each side.  Until golden brown.  Serve hot.  Excellent topped with Tahini Thousand Island Dressing (recipe here)!

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