This evening's Mystery Box ingredient was a little unusual.
Well not that unusual as a salad topper or sandwich filler, but for dinner it presented a challenge.
Did you know? Sprouts are a powerful source of antioxidants in the form of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which assist in protecting the body from free radical damage. Sprouts are also a good source of essential fatty acids, and one of the highest food sources of fibre.
With the cooler weather having arrived, I set about searching for a warm dish using sprouts and was excited to find this recipe in my copy of Super Natural Cooking.
And after all, who can ignore a recipe which professes to yield the "Ultimate Veggie Burger".
Starting with chickpeas and eggs.
With lemon rind, sprouts, oats and coriander stirred in.
And cooked in patties for 10 minutes each side.
Meanwhile I coated a sweet potato and potato, cut into fries, with this gorgeous oil and a sprinkle of dried herbs.
And baked for 45 minutes.
I served the burger on a slice of pumpkin bread, topped with corn relish, gherkin, jarlsberg cheese, grilled pineapple and avocado.
Served alongside a big salad for extra green, and the homemade potato and sweet potato fries.
These burgers were quite tasty and really filling. They fell apart slightly, but that may have been because I substituted oats for breadcrumbs. I loved the sprouts which added lots of flavour and some crunch!
But overall, a healthy and tasty weeknight meal.
Ultimate Veggie Burger
(adapted from Super Natural Cooking)
- 2 1/2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 4 large eggs
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
- Grated zest of one large lemon
- 1 cup mixed sprouts
- 1 cup oats
- Combine the chickpeas and eggs in a food processor until the mixture is the consistency of a thick hummus.
- Pour into a mixing bowl and add coriander, zest, sprouts and oats stir to combine.
- Set aside for 10 to 20 minutes to allow the oats to absorb some of the moisture.
- Shape into 8 patties, and cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes each side.
What about you? What is your favourite burger topping?