meat free monday recipes ideas

      Photography by Nick Hooper

We all have pretty busy hectic lives so it is often difficult to make healthy, nutritious meals that you don't need 3 hours to make! Luckily for us we recently discovered Hemsley + Hemsley, home cooks and food lovers with a passion for wellness and delicious, nutrient-dense cooking.

They create recipes that are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar and best of all are simple to make. It’s all about natural, satisfying and easy to digest food that makes you feel happier, healthier and more energized.

This weeks Meat Free Monday recipe comes from their Best Selling Cookbook The Art of Eating Well.

2 tbsp ghee
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 tins of black beans (drained weight 500 g)or 500 g homecooked beans
(dried weight 200g, activated overnight)
100 g chestnut flour (or buckwheat flour)
1 tsp dried oregano or thyme
170 g sun-dried tomatoes chopped
a handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1 tbsp chopped jalapeño peppers or fresh chillies
100 g feta, chopped
sea salt

1 Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/Gas mark 6.
2 Heat the ghee in a pan over a medium heat and fry the onion until softened but not coloured. Stir in the garlic and cook for a few minutes before adding the
drained cooked beans.
3 Mash the beans roughly with the back of a wooden spoon so that their excess moisture evaporates in the heat of the pan.
4 Transfer the bean mix to a bowl then stir in the flour and mix well to combine everything together.
5 Gently fold in the rest of the ingredients and check for seasoning, adding a little salt, if needed, or more jalapeños or chillies, if you like.
6 When the mixture is cool enough to handle, form the mixture into 8 burgers using your hands to shape them.
7 Lay the burgers on a baking tray lined with parchment paper then flatten each burger so that they are about 2 cm thick.
8 Bake the burgers in the oven for about 50 minutes until crisp on the outside and golden brown, turning them over halfway through the cooking time.


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