Vegan Chickpea Burgers

Chickpea 2These ‘meat-less’ burgers are so versatile! They are delicious, easy to make and healthy! Adjust them to your personal flavour / taste preference.  The man – who hates chickpeas – literally gobbled them up and asked for more.  I used the base recipe from My Eclectic Kitchen. Her vegan cucumber dill sauce (recipe here) is an amazing & easy addition to the recipe (but not necessary). The first time I made these burgers I mashed everything together by hand. It gave the burgers a chunky texture. The second time I used by food processor: it was significantly easier but both ways were equally delicious.  Enjoy them with salad, veggies, on a wrap or in a bun; I don’t think you can go wrong.

Chickpea Burger base (makes 6-8 burgers):

  • 2 x can chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 2 tbsp LSA (could also just use flax seed)
  • 1 cup whole meal flour
  • 6 tbsp water

Flavour additions:

  • 1 cup green onions or white onions
  •  Cilantro or basil
  •  Garlic, garlic & garlic!
  • Chili
  •  Cumin
  • Chopped capsicumChickpea1
  •  Any other flavour you enjoy.

Directions:

Mash, process or mix all ingredients together and form into patties.

Heat oil in frying pan and fry until golden on both sides.

Enjoy!

100g of pasta for 6.6 calories? Let me introduce Slim Noodles (a quick review)

Screen shot 2013-08-17 at 6.23.14 AMSlim Pasta is a gluton free, fat free, sugar free product that is available in the health food section of major Australian Grocery Stores and most speciality shops. I stumbled upon these bad boys in Coles and the rest is a delicious history…

What are Slim Noodles?

Slim Noodles are made from a vegetable extract called ‘Konjac’. This vegetable has been used for decades in Asia and is known for its weight loss benefits.  Konjac is composed primary of water and according to the label, ‘has been proven to reduce the rise in blood sugar after a meal, reduce the absorption of cholesterol, treat constipation and promote the excretion of toxic substances’.

Varieties (currently $3.97/340g)

  • Slim Pasta – Angel Hair
  • Slim Pasta – Wok Ready
  • Slim Pasta – Spaghetti
  • Slendier Slim Organic Pasta
  • Slim Rice

100g of ‘pasta’ for 6.6 calories – Is it too good to be true?

Ok so to be honest – the noodles themselves aren’t the tastiest. They are a slightly bizarre texture and I wouldn’t recommend eating them on their own. However, ‘disguise’ them in stir-fry, soup or salad and they take on the taste of the dish.  They are a great source of fibre and the calorie count is miniscule!

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My final verdict

Health wise these noodles lack carbs, protein or any other nutrients so the overall nutritional value of the noodles is quite low. That being said – the noodles are easy to cook with, fill you up and have almost no calorie count.

In other words, they make me feel like I’m being naughty, without the repercussions.

Have you tried them? I’d love to know what you think…