In case you were wondering, your digestive system never stops doing its job. It functions 24 hours a day, continually digesting all that you consume whether it be beets or blueberries. There are a lot of myths about not eating food too close to bedtime or after 9:00 p.m. because your body stops digesting food while you sleep. This, however, is simply false.
In my nutrition class this week we discussed in detail the workings of the digestive tract. While it is true that eating certain types of food before bed can affect your quality of sleep (drinking a heavily caffeinated beverage before you hope to hit the sack, for example), your digestive system never stops working. So free your minds from worry of improper digestion during slumber. Your body is amazing and has everything under control.
So let’s celebrate the wonder of a properly working digestive system by treating it to a scrumptious meal! The Chickpea and Brown Rice Veggie Burgers my brother and I made the other night are un.be.lievable. I think these are the best homemade veggie burgers I’ve had to date!! Try them on a whole grain bun,
Or sandwiched between some garlic naan. Yum!
Either way it will be delicious! These burgers are hearty and satisfying with the perfect amount of heat. I will definitely make these again in the future. They are easy to prepare and nutritious! Once you try these burgers you’ll want to share them with everyone you know.
Chickpea and Brown Rice Veggie Burgers
Makes 8 patties
Adapted from Oh She Glows
2 cups canned chickpeas
1/2 brown rice (uncooked)
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup yellow onion, diced
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil
2 1/2 tbsp bbq sauce (we used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1/4 cup oatmeal
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp red pepper flakes
To start making these burgers, first cook the brown rice. To make the brown rice simply follow the directions on the package. While the rice is cooking, start chopping and dicing the garlic, red bell pepper, onion, carrot and basil. Once chopped put all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
When the rice is done cooking, combine in a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas. Then, mash the brown rice/chickpea mixture with a fork (or a potato masher if you have one) until it becomes a sticky mixture with a few chickpea chunks left.
Now add the chopped veggies into the brown rice/chickpea mix and stir to combine. Also add in sunflower seeds, bbq sauce, oatmeal, flax seeds and red pepper flakes. Stir again to combine. The mixture will be sticky and that’s okay!
Finally, heat a non-stick sprayed skillet to medium high heat. Form the burger mixture into 8 patties and cook each burger for 4-5 minutes on each side. Burgers will be browned and crispy on the outside when ready. Enjoy!
Treat yourself to some pistachios,