This burger is a little unusual in that it features bulgur, a grain that adds fibre to a burger! Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that men whose diets contain lots of whole grains appear to have a lower risk of heart disease than men who consume only small amounts of foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, barley, bulgur, whole grain breads, and breakfast cereals. Black beans are also a healthful addition, as they add quality protein and fibre without the saturated fat of beef. We’ve used a meat substitute here to implement some soy and reduce the overall fat content. These burgers grill up just as dark and delicious as any beef burger and you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference.
1/3 cup (85 mL) bulgur wheat
1/2 cup (125 mL) plus 2 Tbsp (30 mL) boiling water (or red wine)
1 tsp (5 mL) extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup (85 mL) black beans, cooked
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground coriander
1/4 tsp (1 mL) allspice
400 g (14 oz) veggie ground round
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt to taste
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cayenne pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup (60 to 125 mL) soy flour, as required
4 whole wheat hamburger or kaiser buns
In a small bowl, combine bulgur wheat with boiling water. Cover and let sit 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add black beans and cumin, coriander, and allspice. Stir and cook another 3 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water and stir until absorbed, about one minute. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, mix together ground round, egg, salt, and pepper. Add black bean mixture and bulgur. Stir well until mixture is thick and sticks together easily. If the mixture is too wet, add a little soy flour. Make 4 large patties, each about 3/4-in (1.5 cm) thick.
Lightly oil skillet or grill and heat to medium. Cook patties 4 minutes on each side. Meanwhile toast whole wheat buns.
Serve burger patties hot on whole wheat buns with trimmings such as natural mayonnaise, ketchup, tomatoes, and lettuce.
source: "Tex-Mex Barbecue", alive #272, June 2005
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.