Beet Burgers with Sweet Potato Bacon / by Shelby Stewart

WHY SHOULD YOU EAT THIS:

Because vegetables are the real MVP’s! Whole foods are truly the original superfood and the base of a healthy, happy lifestyle. It is so important to appreciate the foods we choose daily and the nutrients they can give to our bodies.

This recipe is whole foods dense, and therefore nutrient dense, the benefits could go on forever. Beets help to increase circulation (particularly to the brain) and they also have an anti-inflammatory effect. The Legumes (Chickpeas and Lentils) are high in essential vitamins and minerals but also in protein and fibre, so they are great for your gut and help to keep you satisfied. The "bacon" is not only delicious but also high in antioxidants, to help fight the effects of environmental stress on your body.

This is a burger you can feel good about eating, and it's vegan!
This recipe makes 4 large burgers. 

BURGER INGREDIENTS:

 1 cup Beets (grated), approx. 1.5/2 beets
 ½ cup Red Lentils (cooked)
 1/3 cup Chickpeas (mashed)
1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
1.5 tbsp. Almond Butter
1/3 cup Oatmeal
1.5 -2 tsp. Grainy Mustard
Salt + Pepper to taste

 

HOW TO MAKE THIS:

1. To cook the lentils: rinse under water, add 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of lentils, bring to boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes
2.Mix all above ingredients in a large bowl
3.Work the mixture into paddy formation and cook with oil of choice in frying pan until slightly crispy and golden on both sides

SWEET POTATO BACON

HOW TO MAKE THIS:

1. Preheat Oven to 450°
2. Slice Sweet Potatoes to your preferred bacon width
3. Lay slices on baking sheet lined with parchment and drizzle with Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
4. Cook for 20-25 minutes, making sure to flip them half way

Recipe by Maggie Archibald
Photos by Shelby Stewart