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Black Bean Edamame Burgers

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Black Bean Edamame Burgers

Tired of hamburgers by now? Can’t bare to eat another one? Looking for something healthier? Something with more fiber? Are you vegetarian and can’t eat the piles of burgers, dogs, and sausages everyone serves? Well then, I have the perfect dish you can make for yourself, or your guests. You can even make extra and store in your freezer.

RECIPE:

Ingredients:
Two 15oz cans of Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp each of Cumin and Garlic powder
1/4 tsp each of Black Pepper and Chili Powder
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup Frozen Edamame, thawed and drained
2 cups Roma Tomatoes, chopped, drained, divided in half
4 TBSP Chopped Cilantro, divided in half
4 Green Onions, trimmed and chopped fine, divided in half
1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Oat Bran
1/2 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/3 Cup, finely ground Triscuit Crackers
Juice of 1 Lemon
Pinch of Sea Salt & Black Pepper (salsa)
1 Firm Avocado, peeled and coarsely chopped

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place back beans in a large bowl and mash well
  3. Place all seasonings and salt in a small bowl and grind until fragrant
  4. Add Seasonings, Edamame, 1 cup Tomatoes, 2 TBSP Cilantro, 2 Chopped Green Onions, Olive Oil, Oat Bran, and Soy Sauce to black bean bowl. Mix well. Mixture should be fairly stiff.
  5. Using half cup measuring cup, scoop up bean mixture and shape into patties. Roll each patty into Triscuit crumbs. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown on top. Serve with salsa:
  6. Salsa: In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 cup Tomatoes, 2 TBSP Cilantro, 2 Green Onions, Juice of 1 Lemon, the pinch of Sea Salt & Black Pepper, and Avocado. Mix well. Serve with Black Bean Patties.

Okay, so let’s run through what you have to do. First thing first, I took 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained them and then mashed them in a bowl.

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Then I ground up the seasonings in a small bowl, put that aside for a second, and then added the tomatoes, edamame, cilantro, green onions, oat bran, soy sauce, and olive oil, along with the ground seasonings to the black bean mixture.

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*I recruited my younger daughter to help me with the Edamame. You can definitely buy it already out of the shells, but everytime I do that, my daughter gets mad and says “I wanted to do that part.” So, this time I bought the frozen Edamame in a bag, cooked it, and then when it cooled, she popped all the soybeans out of their shells.

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After smooshing everything together into normal sized patties (they will NOT shrink like regular burgers – keep that in mind) you cover them in whole wheat crackers. I used Triscuit since they only have 2 ingredients, and I love their taste!

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Then place them on a baking sheet. You should cover the baking sheet with parchment paper, which I could not find at first, so I cooked them without it, and just sprayed the baking sheet with olive oil spray. (Of course I found the parchment paper later on).

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While that cooks for 15-20 minutes I make the salsa to put on top. That’s the best part to me. I love avocado.

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Yum! Do you have any healthier versions of your favorite BBQ foods? Any great vegetarian suggestions?

I love hearing from you!

CHRISTINE ARDIGO – Author of Cheating to SurviveEvery Five Years & The Bridges Before Us

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Delicious & Healthy Desserts You Can Make Quickly

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Delicious AND Healthy Desserts? Isn’t that an oxymoron? No, Never. So many healthy recipes taste delicious, and I’m here to share two of my favorites with you. I’ve made these for parties (and for myself) and they’re a big hit, take minimal time and taste so good! The best part is, who wants to turn that oven on in this heat? These require NO baking!

An easy one that you can make as you want it, is this one:

blueberries My Berry Tarts.

Buy a Keebler Ready-Crust Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust (I think they’re $1.oo!) and whenever you’re in the mood, plop some Vanilla Greek Yogurt in, some berries of your choice, and voila! You can even drizzle a little chocolate syrup on top if you want.

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Another great one, is this Mini Berry Cream Pies.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 15 frozen mini phyllo cups (1.9-ounce package)
  • 15 fresh blueberries
  • 15 fresh raspberries

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PREPARATION

Beat cream in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar; beat until stiff. Fold in yogurt. Divide the yogurt cream among phyllo cups, keeping the cups in their plastic tray. Top each with 1 blueberry and 1 raspberry. Serve immediately, or chill for up to 4 hours.

That’s it! Cold, sweet, & easy to make.

Have a party and need to bring a dessert that doesn’t look like you stopped at your local 7-11? Don’t know how to bake? Too hot to cook something? Need something quick? These 2 are perfect, AND healthy. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite healthy dessert? Want to share any recipes?

I love hearing from you!

CHRISTINE ARDIGO – Author of Cheating to SurviveEvery Five Years & The Bridges Before Us

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The Power of Protein Shakes

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Protein Shakes.

I had a few people tell me that didn’t like oatmeal (neither did I until I tried Steel Cut Oats instead of the ones that come in a pouch.) So I suggested protein shakes and surprisingly, I got a lot of:

  • How do you make protein shakes?
  • I don’t know what to put in them
  • What if I can’t drink regular milk?
  • Where do I get the fruit from?

Um, okay. So, let’s start from the beginning. Protein shakes are a great way to get a ton of nutrients in you pre & post workouts, for meal replacements, and when you don’t feel like cooking and cleaning up a mess from a big, elaborate meal! The best part about them: you can put ANYTHING in them. Any…thing.

What you need:
A Blender
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-Ha Ha! That’s it!

You don’t need a Nutri Bullet, Nutri Ninja, a Juicer, VitaMix, or any other expensive machine. Where would you store it anyway? Don’t you have enough gadgets? Isn’t cabinet space in the kitchen limited enough?

I’m going to make the ingredients interesting, delicious, and fun. We’re going to pretend we’re at a Chinese restaurant and you’re going to to choose 1 item from each column. Or 2. Or 3. Because it’s all up to you!

Liquid: I usually use regular milk, but you can use:

  • Soy milk, Coconut milk, Almond milk, Water, Coconut water, Coconut milk, or any Juice. (the calories and carbs pile up pretty quickly with juice though, so I’d go for water instead.) Also regular milk has more protein than all the other milks.

Protein: I use 100% Whey Protein powder (no carbs or fat) but you can also try:

  • Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla). Almond, Cashew or Peanut butter. I’ve even heard people using Silken Tofu, Tahini, and Cottage cheese.

Fruit: Anything goes with this one. Honestly.

  • Everything from berries, papaya, bananas, mangoes, melons, pineapple, to peaches, pears, apples, kiwi, dragon fruit…I can go on & on. Try one you love that I haven’t mentioned and let me know how it tastes!

Veggies: I know what you’re thinking. Ew! But there’s so much sweet fruit added you don’t even taste them!

  • Spinach, Kale, Carrots, Cucumber, and Zucchini.

Healthy Fats: Fat is not bad. It will keep you full longer. Just choose healthy fats.

  • Avocado, Nut-butters, Chia seeds, Hemp seeds, Ground Flaxseed.

Make it Spicy: Any of your favorite spices can be added. What do you love?

  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Mint leaf or Mint extract, Ginger, Allspice, Cardamon, Vanilla or Almond Extract.

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I know what your next question is: “But Christine!  How do I know what combinations work well together?” You don’t actually. Hee hee. But it’s fun to try new combinations. Remember the strongest flavors will come out on top. Don’t add a TBSP of nutmeg unless you want a mouthful of it. And, bananas or peanut butter will always override the taste of things with less flavor like flaxseed or spinach. But, of course, I will give you some great combos here!

 

My favorite one reminds me of a tropical getaway, so I’ll call it:

Christine’s Island Getaway
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  1. 8oz Coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup Pineapple – frozen
  3. 1/2 cup Mangoes – frozen
  4. 1 scoop Whey protein powder
  5. Dollop of Vanilla Greek yogurt
  6. 1/2 TBSP of Flaxseed
  7. Sprinkle unsweetened Coconut on top if desired

 

Another is full of berries so I’ll call it:

Berry Blast Off
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  1. 8oz Milk (of your choice)
  2. Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries – frozen
  3. 1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
  4. Dollop of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  5. 1/2 TBSP of Chia Seeds

 

Elvis Would love this one so…

Peanut Butter & Banana Burnin’ Love
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  1. 8oz Milk (of your choice)
  2. 1 Frozen Banana
  3. TBSP Peanut butter
  4. 1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
  5. 1/2 TBSP of Flaxseed

 

How ’bout going green?

Kermit the Frog Green Smoothie
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  1. 8oz Almond milk
  2. Handful of Spinach
  3. 1 Frozen Banana
  4. 2 Pitted Dates
  5. 1/2 TBSP Chia seeds
  6. TBSP Almond Butter

 

Saw this one online:

Carrot Cake Protein Shake:

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  1. 8oz Carrot Juice (you can also make your own!)
  2. 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  3. 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  4. 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

 

Need Coffee in the mornin’ to get you started?

Coffee Protein Shake
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  1. 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  2. ½ cup (chilled overnight) Brewed Coffee
  3. 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  4. 1 Frozen Banana
  5. Drop of Almond or Hazelnut Extract if desired

 

Okay, so there’s a few to get you started. Which ones were your favorite?
I love hearing from you!

Want more. Here’s a website with 13 Quick & Easy Protein Shakes.  My favorite is #5!

 

CHRISTINE ARDIGO – Author of Cheating to SurviveEvery Five Years & The Bridges Before Us

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