I like to eat meat, red meat to be specific. So every time I heard about someone taking on a vegetarian lifestyle, I think with everything within me… How are they possibly living without meat?
At times, I feel a tiny bit guilty about my meat consumption. The reason for this guilt is not because I feel bad for animals, but because I know the reality of the meat production standards in this country, the constant manufacturing of meat isn’t the best for the environment. And I’m also a big believer that the quality of said meat is more or less garbage and quite frankly it isn’t a good financial decision for many families.
I am a fan of endeavors such as “Meatless Monday” and going a bit “greener” with my meat consumption. I also have a good friend who is a vegetarian and I realized that I just don’t know that much about cooking to meet this lifestyles expectations which I should be aware of considering my profession!
All of this **feeling** and *thinking** lead to a very fun Wednesday afternoon in which my friend and I got creative in her kitchen! We came up with these bad boys and my goodness are they delicious.
We actually have 2 other versions of these but I wanted to get them out to all of you guys one at a time.
So here are the reasons I am so terribly in love with these burgers.
- They taste amazing!
- They cost next to nothing.
- They macro-nutrient stats on these are perfect for filling you up in a good way.
- These make for an excellent pre or post-workout meal.
- They definitely are good to the environment but still pack in your nutrient needs.
So let’s get down to business because I’m sure you are drooling a bit over that picture!
Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers
Makes 6 Servings
- 1 Can (15 oz.) of White Beans
- 1 Cup of Cooked Quinoa
- 1/4 Cup of Bread Crumbs – substitute according to your needs (GF)
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup of Chopped Green Olives
- 2 tbsp of Freshly Chopped Garlic
- 1 tbsp of Minced Onion
- 1/2 Cup of Chopped Banana Pepper Rings
- 1 tbsp of Lime Juice
- 1 tbsp Olive or Coconut Oil
- Dash of Salt and Pepper
- After your quinoa has been cooked and rinsed, mash well into the white beans.
- Add your egg into the mixture and combine well.
- Cover your bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour
- Add your breadcrumbs to the mixture as well as all other ingredients.
- Form mixture into balls and then flatten to patties.
- Cook in a pan on medium-high for about 5 minutes on each side*.
- Enjoy burger on or off a bun!
Serving Size : 1 Patty
Calories: 149 Carbohydrates: 28 Fiber: 5 Protein: 8 Fat: 1
That is it my friends! These burgers are out of this world and definitely leave you feeling satisfied and somewhat accomplished if you are looking to taste a bit of the vegetarian world.
I hope you enjoy them and I hope you have a great start to this new week.
Are you a vegetarian? If so what is your favorite vegetarian recipe?
If you aren’t a vegetarian would you ever consider becoming one, why or why not?
*Cooking time may very depending on your pan, I was using a cast iron pan.