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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Oat burgers - oh my goodness!

They look like hamburger patties but they are meatless.  Made with simple ingredients, these "burgers" can make a filling meal in just 30 minutes.  Serve them up with a bun or on a bed of lettuce.  Add some sliced tomato, black olives, avocado, sweet onion, pickle, ketchup and mustard and you have a very affordable meal.  The best part is that these "burgers" contain zero artery clogging animal fat.  

The recipe comes from the Amazing Discoveries website.  There is a link below  that gives the recipe as well as a video to demonstrate how these burgers are made.  (I omit the nutritional yeast in this recipe.) 

No Nutritional Yeast!
I have stopped using nutritional yeast as well as Bragg's Liquid Aminos as these two flavorings have been the culprit of my brief episode (two weeks) of heartburn.  Nutritional yeast is naturally high in free glutamic acid - like MSG - which triggers heartburn for me.   I am suspicious that the Liquid Aminos may also contain free glutamic acid because I get the same reaction (heartburn) after eating foods that contain Liquid Aminos as those containing hidden MSG.  So those items are off my grocery list!

What is so great about Oats?

  • Good source of Manganese, selenium and essential minerals.
  • Contains antioxidant avenanthramides which protects against heart disease.
  • High in fiber which prevents colon cancer and heart disease.
  • Enhances immune response to infection.
  • Helps to stabilize blood sugar, lowering risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Contains plant lignans (along with other whole grains) which are converted by the intestinal flora into different types of mammalian lignans.  One important lignan, called enterolactone, is being studied for its protective benefits against breast and other estrogen dependent cancers.  This plant lignan is also present in cabbage and other leafy green vegetables.
  • Oats are very low in gluten - the protein found in wheat, barley and rye - which causes allergy problems in some immune deficient children or people with Celiac disease.

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