As the meatless trend grows in popularity, the reasons for individuals going meatless vary. For some, a plant-based diet is a health decision, others choose a meatless diet for religious purposes and some choose vegetarianism over concern for animal welfare. For whatever the reason, vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat, and the U.S. government recommends eating most of our calories from grains, vegetables and fruits. Go to ChooseMyPlate.gov for a resource to build healthy eating habits.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger
- 1 15-ounce can Black beans drained and rinsed
- 6 tablespoons breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup sweet potato baked and mashed
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilanatro chopped
- 1/3 cup red onion diced
- 1 teaspoon fresh garlic minced
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cider or white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
- 1/2 jalapeno, deseeded and minced optional
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.
- Place beans, breadcrumbs, sweet potato, cilantro and onion in food processor and pulse until all ingredients are well combined.
- Add garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, lime juice and jalapeno. Mix thoroughly with a spoon.
- Divide mixture into six and put on parchment paper. Push with fingers into a burger shape. If you like your burgers crispy, sprinkle more breadcrumbs on burgers and gently pat. Bake for 25 minutes. Note: if you don’t have a food processor, it works fine to do it by hand, just mash the mixture together well.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Note: if you don’t have a food processor, it works fine to do it by hand, just mash the mixture together well.
Nutrition information: 206 calories; 6.5g fat; 752mg sodium; 31.8g carbohydrates; 6.7g protein.