Meatless Monday: Spicy beetroot burgers

Here in Yorkshire, the Bank Holiday weekend weather is not shaping up too well.  Hopefully the weather is better where you are, especially if you have something outdoors planned.

Beetroot is so good for you - full of fibre with all the benefits that brings for your digestive health and folic acid which helps improve mood.  Antioxidants in beetroot help neutralise free radicals which cause aging and recently beetroot have been associated with improved stamina, blood flow and lowering of blood pressure.

Makes 10 small or 4 large
You will need

250g beets, roasted and chopped
150g organic brown rice
1 tbsp olive oil + extra for greasing
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic
50g shiitake mushrooms
4 cardamon pods, crushed
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 1/2 tbsp tamari
1 can black-eye beans

Rinse the rice, place in a saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to the boil then reduce heat to simmer until all the water is absorbed.

Meanwhile sweat the onion in the oil for 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic and continue cooking 2 more minutes then add the spices and mushrooms.  Cook a further minute then add the tamari.  

Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and pulse until the ingredients come together but there is still some texture.

Form into burger rounds and place on a baking tray then in a hot oven for around 30 minutes, turning once.  The burgers should be crisp on the outside.  

Serve with burger buns or for 'skinny' burger on large lettuce leaves with other salad ingredients.

Have a great Bank holiday whatever the weather
Janet x 

Recipe Copyright © 2016 40plusandalliswell

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