Recently I went through some documentaries that enforced previous notions of what is healthy eating and how to go about it. What i didn’t know, was the impact that those decisions make in the world we live in.
The vast majority of people turn their heads to the other side, not to see. They KNOW that reality that lies within, but they do not want to acknowledge is there, because if they do, they might feel bad about themselves. They might even want to change something, and changing habits is not easy.
I have spoken about it before in this blog, you can find a long article about veganism scrolling down the page if you are interested.
However it is not really about becoming vegan, it is about gaining awareness. Awareness over the fact that according to the UN, 53% of our CO2 emissions come from the meat industry (I mean all types of meat and dairy), that is way larger than the cars, planes and industries of these world. The impact on the planet of the excessive animal protein consumption is vile. As always, there are two sides to this coin, the economic development of certain areas depends on cattle and related business so it is not about not eating meat. It is about making the meat you consume count.
Why not start by having a vegetarian/vegan day a week? Just give it a go! It is fun, it is easy and it will spark your cooking creativity. You don’t know where to start?? Here is where. Make note on today’s recipe and try it out next Monday for a good start of the week.
Also, in terms of health benefits, these way of eating tends to be cholesterol free and lower calorie/fat so it may even help you shred a few pounds.
About these burgers, I took the recipe from another blog and I have to say, it would probably benefit from a bit of egg white to hold it together since cooking them can be a bit messy, therefore the uneven shape of mine.
Ingredients (makes 4 large patties)
250 gr. butternut squash
1 can of black beans washed and rinsed
1/2 an onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp of cumin
1 tbsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of oats
Veggies to accompany, I used broccoli stems, lettuce leafs, avocado, hummus.
In a pan, cook the chopped onion until transparent, then add the butternut squash cut in small cubes.
Let it cook until is soft and then add the beans and spices, rinsed and let the water evaporate as much as possible, this will make the patties drier and easier to work with.
With a food processor or a hand blender, mix all the ingredients and add the oats, this will give your mixture a lot more texture. Add more if required, you want the resulting mixture to be slightly firm.
Form the patties and cool in the freezer for 30 minutes.
You can cook them in the oven for 45 minutes, or in a non sticky pan for about 15. In the oven, they could melt and become a mess, so I would rather the pan, flipping them around a couple of times and bearing in mind they will expand and become bigger so they could invade each other’s personal space. If this is something burgers feel touchy about lol.
Another solution is too cook them with metallic rings around, like the ones that restaurants use to form vertical salads.
You can use these patties to make proper burgers or just eat them with veggies and some avocado as me, because I am a low carb-er. Your choice.
I promise you, no one would be asking for a steak if you serve these.
Happy next Meatless Monday!