Black Rice and Red Bean Veggie Burgers

Black (or forbidden) rice is not popular (yet), but needs to be the go-to rice for your meals. White rice is the standard rice you will find in America, yet it is devoid of fiber and nutrients. Black rice, which is really a deep purple in color, is high in the antioxidant anthocyanin which battles illness as it fights off free radicals. Black rice also boasts 5 g of fiber per 1/2 cup serving and 8 grams of protein, meaning you will feel full and satisfied, and will be left with a powerhouse of disease fighters within your body.

 

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups black rice
  • 1.5 cups kidney beans (1 can, drained, rinsed, and patted dry)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Directions

In a medium bowl, stir flax, onion, carrots, and zucchini together and allow to sit for 5 min. Then place beans into a large bowl. With a potato masher or fork, mash beans together leaving some of the beans intact. Add the flax and veggie mix and the remaining ingredients into the beans and stir until well combined. Shape into 3-4″ patties. Cover and allow to chill for at least 30 min. Preheat pan to medium heat. Place patties in the pan, cooking about 6-7 minutes per side. Top with avocado, lettuce and tomatoes, sautĂ©ed onion and peppers, or other yummy veggies đź’š


Makes about 8 patties

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