BUTTERBEAN VEGGIE BURGER
SUITABLE FROM 7 MONTHS
MAKES 6 BURGERS / PREPARE 10 MINS / COOK 20 MINS
400g Butterbean tin
1 1/2 tbsp Green or Red Pesto
1 Organic Egg
35 g Wholemeal breadcrumbs
35 g Oatmeal
1 Red onion
Black Pepper (optional)
Preheat your oven to 190C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and lightly oil it.
Chop the onion in your Béaba Babycook. Add the drained and rinsed beans and pesto to the onions and pulse until smooth. Add the egg, oats, breadcrumbs and red onion and pulse to mix.
Season with a pinch of black pepper if using.
With damp hands shape the mixture into 6 little burgers. Transfer to the prepared baking tray and brush with oil.
Bake for 20 min until golden brown, if not eating them straight away, you can keep them in the fridge for 2 days or freeze for up to a month (both cooked and uncooked). When freezing the burgers, lay them on a tray lined with baking paper or a silicone mat, once frozen you can transfer them to a plastic bag or lidded container.
We like serving these little burgers with some spinach pesto or a little of our very veggie tomato sauce to dunk them in. They are also great in pitta bread with hummus and mashed avocado.
7 Months Plus: For a super easy and quick lunch, blend the drained and rinsed beans and pesto in your Béaba Babycook and pulse until very smooth. Add a handful of fresh spinach and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and voilá, lunch is ready for your little one in less than 5 minutes!
For a gluten free version, substitute polenta or ground almonds for your breadcrumbs and/or oatmeal.
Butterbeans are a great source of vegetarian lean PROTEIN. They are widely available, cheap and a healthier alternative to some animal sources of protein such as red meat that is typically high in SATURATED FAT that has been linked by research to heart disease.
PLANT PROTEIN has been found by research to reduce levels of cholesterol as compounds known as sterols bind to cholesterol and prevent it from being absorbed by the body. The CARBOHYDRATES in beans and pulses are complex, which are released slowly and help keep out energy levels balanced.
Complex carbohydrates are a fabulous source FIBRE that helps keep our digestive systems in check. Onions contain FIBRE to help intestinal transit and prebiotics which feed the beneficial bacterial in your gut.