Butternut and Sweet Potato Bean Burgers | Roasted Butternut and Sweet Potato Bean Salad
Summer is finally here. Pack away the soup recipes, and comfort food – it’s time to get back into shape. Summer is a time to eat and enjoy all the wonderfully healthy foods out there and a chance to get our waistlines’ back after the winter blues.
I love beans and pretty much any recipe with beans in them. I really love their flavour and I really, really, really love the idea that they can minimize your chances of getting cancer – they’re tasty and have superpowers.
I’m not a winter person: (1). I hate being cold and (2).I hate putting on weight. In winter I crave rich pasta sauces, curries, pies and basically anything with cheese in it. By the time summer has arrived I am desperate for something that is healthy, fresh and light.
I came up with this recipe one night when all I had in the flat was some mushrooms, a tin of beans and sweet potato. What’s great about the recipe (aside from it tasting damn good) is that most of the ingredients can be substituted for something else. You can use any type of beans you like, you can add sweet potato; butternut; carrots; parsnip; potato or leave the root vegetables completely out. They’re really easy to prepare, and if you’re not a
Recipe (makes about 8 patties):
3 Tins of Beans ( I used 1 Butter bean, 1 Kidney, 1 Cannellini Beans – you can use any type of beans you like).
1 Onion finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves finely chopped.
1 Chilli finely chopped (optional)
2 Tablespoons of rice flour, plus extra for dusting (you can you wheat flour)
250 (a punnet) Button Mushrooms (roughly chopped into cubes)
1 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (ground)
1 Teaspoon Coriander seeds (ground)
1 Bunch of fresh Coriander chopped
3 Sweet Potatoes; OR small butternut
Bunch of Thyme.
Once the butternut or sweet potato are roasted, with a fork or potato masher mash butternut/sweet potato roughly ( the texture should be quite chunky). Drain the tins of beans and rinse under cold water. Roughly mash the beans. Add the mashed beans, butternut/sweet potato, mushroom mixture, rice flour, egg and chopped coriander, mix well. Taste, and season if needed. Grab a ball of the mixture, slightly smaller than tennis ball, and flatten into a patty. Fry patties in olive oil till golden and heated through the centre.
These patties are lovely served on a
Serve as a salad. Instead of making the patties make a salad with the ingredients. Place roasted sweet potato/butternut into a bowl with the mixed beans. Add mixed leaves, herbs, rosa tomatoes and roasted pumpkin seeds (or some nuts). Dress with