Wellness + Nutrition

Mouth-friendly recipe: sweet potato burgers

Looking to add a few meatless meals to your weekly menu? This option is a great way to enjoy extra veggies! It’s a perfect combination of savory and spicy — and it’s packed with delicious herbs and spices. Try topping with avocado, spinach or red onion, then get ready to satisfy your burger craving.

• Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

• White beans are rich in calcium, which keeps teeth strong and is good for oral health.

• Boiled sweet potatoes, with their fiber contents, slow down blood sugar spikes.

Ingredients:

⅔ cup mashed, boiled sweet potato (or about ½ medium peeled and cooked sweet potato)

15 ounces canned white beans, rinsed and drained

¾ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

4 tablespoons dried cilantro

½ teaspoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon salt

Ground black pepper, to taste

Nonstick cooking spray

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

Toppings of your choice

Directions:

1. Place mashed sweet potato and white beans into a food processor. Blend until well combined, then transfer mixture to a large bowl.

2. Add whole-wheat breadcrumbs, ginger, garlic powder, cilantro, turmeric, cayenne and salt. Generously season with pepper. Mix ingredients together well. Adjust seasonings and add pepper to taste.

3. Use your hands to form four, tightly packed patties about ½-inch thick. Place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add each burger to the skillet and cook about 2 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

5. Remove from heat and transfer to buns or lettuce wraps. Add your favorite toppings.

6. Enjoy!

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