Bean & Oat Burger with 3-ingredient Cajun Mayo
Happy new year, friends! Let's start the year off right and be realistic about our food-related New Year's Resolution this time, okay?Cross off "diet" or "weight loss" from the list... or any other super-strict orders you're demanding of yourself.
Instead, let's focus on giving ourselves a bit of compassion. With regards to food, we'll focus on eating in a way that's more wholesome and nourishing, without depriving ourselves of foods we truly desire... sound good?
A synonym for "depriving" is "punishing"... not nourishing. We want to nourish.
And on that note, let's talk burgers.
You're probably thinking I'm crazy. Talking about eating wholesome and then I go on to talk about eating burgers.
But this here burger is nourishing, alright!
Who says you need meat to make a mean one?
This burger will satisfy every burger craving you could possibly have... and is a burger you don't need to feel guilty for eating. Jackpot?
When people learn about the plant-based way of eating they often ask,
"Where do you get your protein?"
The thing is: we don't have a problem with getting enough protein in developed western countries.
Think about it: when was the last time you heard about anybody being admitted to the hospital with protein deficiency?
In fact, can you even think of the medical name for protein deficiency?
Likely not. It's called kwashiorkor.
But why haven't you heard of it then? Well, it's a deficiency more commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa where food supply is low. You may have seen on television - kids with thin arms and legs but swollen-looking bellies. This is the classic physical manifestation of kwashiorkor.
But again: it is extremely rare in developed countries.
What's not rare? Fiber deficiency. And the health implications of this are far more concerning in developed countries. According to this publication in the American Society for Nutrition, over 90% of adults and children don't meet their recommended amount of daily fiber.
Over. 90. Percent.
You don't need me to tell you that's alarmingly high.
Inadequate fiber impacts risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, metabolic disorders, and of course gastrointestinal disorders. According to this publication, at least $800 million each year is spent on laxatives in the USA alone.
Uncommon: people admitted to the Emergency Room with protein deficiency
Common: people admitted to the Emergency Room due to constipation or other bowel-related issues.
So our problem is not protein. It's fiber. And now my question back to you is,
"Where do you get your fibre?"
Luckily plant-based diets offer this advantage, plus many more.
And so this burger is not only darn delicious, but it's also darn good for you.
Loaded with insoluble and soluble fibres from the oats, beans, sunflower and flax seeds and the antioxidant boost from the spices... you're eating your way to immortality, friends.
Oh and one more place you'll find some fiber? In this you-won't-believe-it's-not-real-mayo cajun mayo, made with just 3 ingredients:
Oh boy. Is this ever the best sauce for a burger.