Saturday, 27 November 2010

Spicy Beanburgers

How beautiful are these runner bean seeds?
We've been making these yummy burgers- or variations of them- for about 10 years now, since the kids were small- and they've remained a family favourite! This recipe makes 6-8:

About 500ml cooked and mashed (or blended) red kidney beans
A handful each of: ground sunflower seeds, ground pumpkin seeds, ground almonds, porridge oats
1 tab sesame seeds
Grated vegetables (1 1/2 parsnips, or a sweet potato or a bell pepper)
1/2 a tube of tomato puree
Seasoning: 1 tab soy sauce, a tsp hing (asafoetida), 12 tsps chilli powder, Herbes de Provence/ thyme and oregano, 1 dsp paprika.


  • Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add grated vegetables, then seasonings.
  • Shape into burgers (makes about 8) and place on an oiled baking tray.
  • Bake at 200C until browned slightly (about 20 minutes), turning halfway through. You can also grill or shallow fry them, but don't cook them too long or they dry out.

Serve in a homemade wholemeal bun with a fresh green salad and / or alfalfa and sunflower sprouts, guacamole, tomato and relish.

Ten Reasons to be Vegetarian

1 Heart disease: More animal products = more chloresterol.
2 Cancer: It has been shown in scientific studies that breast, ovarian and prostate cancers are all many times more likely to occur in people who eat meat, eggs and dairy products.
3 Body design: humans are not built like carnivores; we do not have a carnivore's dentition, nor its short gut. (When a people ingests meat, it rots in the human long gut, causing toxins to be released.) A carnivore has stronger stomach acids for digesting meat; we do not.
4 Environmental: Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels burned for meat production are three times more than those consumed during the production of vegetarian foods. 1 000 species per year become extinct due to rainforest clearance for meat production.

5 Hunger: If the US alone reduced the amount of land used for meat production by just 10% and grew food crops instead, it would feed 100 million people.
6 Antibiotics: By 1988 there were 91 types of antibiotic resistant bacteria, compare to just 13 in 1960. In Europe, routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock is now banned not so in the US however.
7 Water Consumption: It takes 5 000 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef; yet only 25 to produce a pound of wheat.

8 Ethics: Do we have the right to take the life of another living creature when we can survive without having to do so?
9 Consciousness: Our food becomes the chemicals of our own bodies, so if you are ingesting the products of an industry based on suffering, pain and killing, then how are you going to develop your consciousness in a positive way? As all our cells are renewed every seven years, we literally are what we eat...what are YOU made of?
10 Karma: The universal law of karma dictates that for every action there is a reaction. This is a central tenet in both Hinduism and Buddhism and also of many "New Age" thinkers. If you are involved in the process of animal cruelty and slaughter, even indirectly (ie: from consuming meat products) then you will have to suffer the reaction that this action generates. At some point in the future, you will undergo an equivalent measure of suffering.

For some quotes from famous people about vegetarianism, click here.