As life starts getting back to normal, barbecues will undoubtedly become a big part of daily life, especially if we finally get the heatwave everyone keeps talking about!
While barbecues are a great summer pleasure, we must also remember to maintain a healthy gut diet. So get your barbecue grill ready and give our wonderful, gut-healing recipes a try!
Spicy Falafel Burger
First up is this amazing falafel burger recipe (scroll down for the recipe). Served with mushrooms and garnished with red onions. A great gut-healing recipe that is sure to steal the show this summer
Vegetable and Black Bean Burger
Mix sweet potato (baked in the oven) with onion, garlic and black beans. Add various spices and herbs and blend well! The result is a mouth-watering burger which will be a delight in these warmer months.
Thai-Style Salmon Burger
This tasty salmon burger is made with punchy herbs and lemongrass which give the dish lots of flavour. Simply mix breadcrumbs, herbs, ginger, lemongrass, tamari and salmon into a burger mixture and cook in a pan! Serve with bread or with a light salad dressed with spiced coconut cream.
Spicy falafel burger recipe
1 red onion, peeled and ½ of it thinly sliced, 1/2 finely diced
1 tbsp cider vinegar
4 tbsp coconut or olive oil
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tsp cumin seeds
5g fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
Salt flakes and black pepper
4 medium Portobello mushrooms, stalk trimmed a little
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained
1 medium avocado, peeled and de-stoned and flesh spooned out of the skin
1 tsp psyllium husk powder (optional)
1 handful salad leaves (e.g. spinach, rocket)
- Place the sliced red onion in a small shallow bowl and add the vinegar and set aside, mixing occasionally
- Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat and add the diced onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, red chilli and season well with salt and black pepper, cook for 5 minutes or until soft, remove the mixture from the pan and set aside
- Keep the frying pan over the lowest heat and add another tbsp of oil. Season the stalk side of the mushrooms and add to the pan seasoned side down, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 6 minutes on each side or until soft, remove and set aside
- Meanwhile place the chickpeas, avocado and psyllium husk powder if using into a high-speed blender and blitz to form a rough paste
- Mix in the onion mixture and with wet hands form 4 burger shapes
- Add 1 tbsp oil to the pan and turn the heat to medium; cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes, add the remaining oil and turn over cook for another 4-5 minutes
- Serve each burger on a mushroom like an open sandwich with the salad leaves and garnish with the red onions
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