Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Healthy Meal Idea

Adapted from One-Dish Vegetarian Meals, by Robin Robertson (The Harvard Common Press, 2007).

I found this recipe and thought I would give it a try and WOW! These are incredible and healthy too.

Almonds are being known as the supernut that helps people who have "metabolic syndrome" resulting in insulin sensitivity. Supernut or not, they are also delicious. Whoever thought up Almond-Rice Burgers with comfort-food rice and pintos, had a brainstorm. These are quick and flavorful.

SIMPLE SOLUTION: Short-grain brown rice holds together well and adds a nutty flavor that complements the almonds in these tasty burgers. Serve on their own with a sauce or chutney, or on burger rolls with all the trimmings.

1 cup cooked short-grain brown rice 1 ½ cups cooked or canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained if canned 1 cup dry bread crumbs ½ cup coarsely ground almonds ¼ cup grated onion ¼ cup grated carrots ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. In a large bowl, combine the rice, beans, bread crumbs, almonds, onion, carrots, paprika, salt, and cayenne and stir until well blended. Or combine the ingredients in a food processor and process until blended. Shape the mixture into four ½-inch-thick patties.

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

So give them a try and let me know what you thought.

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