4 Steps to Making a Homemade Veggie Burger

200280983-001When veggie burgers first became a popular food item, their taste often left much to be desired. Now, however, gourmet chefs have learned how to cook veggie burgers that are savory and able to maintain the appropriate texture. You don’t have to go out to a restaurant to get a great veggie burger, though. With this recipe, you can make them in your own kitchen. You don’t need many ingredients to make a great tasting veggie burger, and you’ll save a lot of money.

Step 1

Dry and mash lentils or chickpeas as a base. Separate chickpeas into two batches. Puree one half with a little flour and baking powder. Roughly chop the second batch. This process helps the veggie burgers from becoming mushy.

Many recipes call for black beans, but the lentils and chickpeas have a milder flavor that won’t overpower the burger as a whole.

Step 2

Sauté leeks and garlic in oil. You can also sauté and add celery. Roast eggplant and mushrooms until deeply browned. Chop all ingredients from Step 2 in a food processor.

Leeks are preferable to other types of onions, and they provide a mild flavor that blends well into the background. Eggplant is a surprise vegetable that helps hold the patty together, and mushrooms add a punch of flavor in a very similar manner as meat.

Step 2

Add cashews and pine nuts to the food processor for extra texture and flavor. For even more flavor, add some marmite to the mix. Marmite has a very strong flavor, so only a little bit is needed.

Step 3

Add barley and breadcrumbs to help the mixture stay together. Cook immediately after adding the breadcrumbs.

Step 4

Divide mixture into about four patties. Grill patties on foil for about eight minutes. Flip the patties and grill for eight more minutes. To bake the patties, place them on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on each side.

Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, have health restrictions or just plain like veggie burgers, this recipe is bound to make them a popular meal in your home.

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8 Foods that Help Soothe Heartburn

163910797If you feel a burning pain in your chest, it’s probably heartburn, especially if the pain worsens when you lie down or bend over. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid builds up in the esophagus and is often related to eating and drinking certain types of foods. While heartburn can be very uncomfortable, some everyday foods can provide relief.

  1. Bananas

Bananas are a low-acid fruit that coats the esophageal lining. This coating can soothe irritation by acting as a protective film.

  1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains healthy fiber, which aids in digestion. Just like bananas, oatmeal also coats the esophageal lining and thus reduces irritation.

  1. Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is a natural anti-inflammatory. You can either buy it over the counter, or cut or peel some ginger root and boil it in a small pot of water. After letting it steep, you’ll have excellent homemade tea, to which you can add some honey and lemon juice.

  1. Almond Milk

Drink almond milk either by itself or in a smoothie. The alkaline helps neutralize acids found in many foods.

  1. Licorice

Pure licorice provides a dual benefit for anyone experiencing heartburn. Like many of the other foods listed, it coats the esophageal lining. Additionally, the chewing action helps get rid of acid by making you salivate.

  1. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens can work wonders when they aren’t paired with ranch dressing or cheese. Instead, steam your vegetables with olive oil and a little lemon, or use Italian dressing on your salad instead.

  1. Fennel

Chew fennel seeds throughout the day, or make your own fennel tea. To make the tea, put about two teaspoons of fennel in boiling water with a bit of honey. After the tea has steeped, strain it and put it in a large container for half an hour. Drink it right away or save some for later.

  1. Green Veggies

There are a number of green vegetables that are low in acid, like broccoli, green beans, asparagus, celery and cauliflower. Serve with non-acidic spices like basil and oregano, instead of spicy ones like black pepper or chili powder.

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