Replete with superfoods, these burgers are loaded with fibre. But don’t think they’ll taste like cardboard. Chipotle gives the sauce some smoky heat, but you can also use smoked paprika, cayenne pepper or even curry powder if you prefer.
2/3 cup (160 ml) quinoa
3 cups (750 ml) cooked or canned haricot beans (rinsed and drained)
2 cups (500 ml) very finely chopped kale
1/3 cup (80 ml) organic oat bran or ground flaxseed
1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) tomato paste
1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
1 shallot, minced
2 tsp (10 ml) fresh thyme
1/2 tsp (2 ml) sea salt, divided
1/4 tsp (1 ml) black pepper
1/2 cup (125 ml) plain low-fat yoghurt
3 tsp (15 ml) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml) honey
1 garlic clove, grated or crushed
1/4 tsp (1 ml) chipotle chilli powder
6 organic wholegrain buns (optional)
Spanish onion, sliced
In medium-sized saucepan, combine quinoa and 1 1/4 cup (310 ml) water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered until quinoa is tender and water has absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let quinoa cool for at least 5 minutes.
Place beans in large bowl and mash with potato masher or fork. Add quinoa, kale, oat bran, tomato paste, egg, shallot, thyme, 1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt and black pepper to bowl and stir to combine. Form mixture into 6 equal-sized patties.
In small bowl, stir together yoghurt, lemon juice, honey, garlic, chipotle powder and remaining salt. Taste and add more chipotle if desired.
Preheat barbecue to medium. Brush burgers with oil and cook for 5 minutes per side, or until they have developed a crispy crust. If using buns, heat them on the barbecue for 1 minute, or until toasted. Serve burgers topped with yoghurt sauce and sliced vegetables.
Each serving contains: 1072 kilojoules; 14 g protein; 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 46 g total carbohydrates (4 g sugars, 12 g fibre); 236 mg sodium
source: "Vegie Burgers", alive Australia #18, Summer 2013
These Asian-inspired salmon burgers won’t leave you missing the beef < or > the bun. And keep this fruity and fiery salsa in mind the next time you want to jazz up grilled chicken or taco night. Serrano pepper or chile de arbol would be good swaps for bird’s eye pepper in the salsa. You can even mix some Sriracha sauce into the burgers to further punch up the meal. Skin deep Skinless fish is the only way to go for burgers. A helpful fishmonger will kindly skin fillets for you before purchase. As an alternative to salmon, you can also blend up skinless fillets of arctic char or rainbow trout.
These whimsical weeknight quesadillas offer a great excuse to break out the long-forgotten waffle iron. The smoky, tangy pepper sauce is the perfect sidekick for this dish, but it’s also wonderful when tossed with pasta, stuffed into sandwiches, and slathered on burgers. TIP : When assembling quesadillas, keep fillings centred 1/2 in (1.25 cm) from the edge of the tortilla so they don’t spill over. TIP : Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos. Adobo is a slightly sweet red sauce. Put them together in a can and they become a versatile pantry staple to add deep smoky heat to sauces, dips, marinades, and soups. No waffle iron? Then make these quesadillas using this skillet method. Place 1 tortilla in skillet, preferably cast iron, and cook over medium heat until dark spots appear and bottom is crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn over and cook until crispy and darkened on the other side. Remove tortilla from skillet and replace with another tortilla. Cook until darkened and crispy on one side, flip, and top with stuffing ingredients. Place crispy tortilla on top, press down gently, cover pan, and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese has melted.
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.