3 Bean Burgers (vegan)

Good morning everyone! It’s Wednesday already, which means we are almost through this week. 
I got up this morning to do a weights workout. On Monday I decided I should switch it up and looked through the Exercise TV on demand workouts. I found Chris Freytag’s workouts and decided to try out the upper and lower workouts, which were 20 minutes each.  It was HARD. I loved both of them. They were quick, easy to follow and used circuits. I was really sweating by the time I was done with both.  Yesterday morning I woke up and by the time I was done with my run I was very sore, but in a good way. I’m going to do it again this morning because it was such a good workout. I have to confess, usually I hate working out my legs. I always have and probably always will. I just am not a fan of doing millions of lunges and squats even though I know it works. For some reason with this workout I didn’t mind it, maybe because it was quick and I wasn’t dreading it. Have you tried out any of the workouts On Demand?? I need to check it out more, I haven’t been using it much lately. 

For dinner on Monday I wanted to make a vege/bean burger. This was something I really threw together very quickly and it turned out great.  

bean mixture, doesn’t look pretty, but tastes delicious!

Three Bean Burgers (vegan)

1/3 cup red kidney beans (cooked)
1/3 cup cannelloni beans
1/3 cup lentils
2/3 cup spelt flour
2 T flax seeds (soaked in 1/4 cup water to make flax eggs)
2 large leaves of kale
1/4 cup fresh parsley 
1/2 red onion (medium sized)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup black pepper
2 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp sea salt

Place the flax seeds and water in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes so it becomes a gel. Put the 3 types of beans in the food processor and puree. Add the kale, parsley, red onion, garlic  and diced tomatoes to the processor and combine with the beans. You may have to scrape down the sides a couple of times. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the flax “eggs” and stir. Add the sunflower seeds. Slowly add in the flour, adding 1/2 at first and then mixing and then adding the remaining flour. Then add the balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt. Spray olive oil in a frying pan and heat on a medium flame.  Form 6 burgers with the mixture. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side. After burgers are flipped to the other side and browned, cover for the remainder of the time. 

*Notes: For this recipe you can use any kind of beans that equal up to a cup of cooked beans. You can use dried parsley, use about 1 tablespoon. For the sunflower seeds, if preferred you can leave it out or grind them in the food processor, but I enjoyed the crunchiness they add to the burger. 

I’ve been trying out new vegetarian options (with the exception of fish). Does anyone have any links or recipes to share? Feel free to leave a link below! Also doesn’t anyone have a great recipe for cabbage?