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Healthy Eating Series: Sun-Dried Tomato and Mozzarella Garbanzo Burgers

Guest Author:  Rebekah Barkhauerveg_burgera

I made this recipe to help my family on their quest for healthy meals!  I personally try to reduce my meat intake, and this makes a protein rich, tasty alternative!  I opted to bake (instead of fry) these patties to make them healthier yet!  I made believers out of my family, with this recipe, when I told them that garbanzo beans (chic peas) can taste good!  It’s all in the preparation!  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Ingredients:

1 can (15oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tablespoons water
1 cup dry bread crumbs (italian style)
1 egg
10 small sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
5 – 1/4 inch slices of fresh mozzarella
1/2 tsp ground clove
1 1/2 tsp crushed, dried coriander (cilantro)
1 tsp salt

Preparation Directions:

1)  Place beans, water and lemon juice in a food processor, cover and process into a rough paste.     Transfer into a large mixing bowl.
2)  Place mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomatoes into food processor. Cover and blend 2 to 4 quick     bursts. Add this to the mixing bowl and stir mixture.
3)  Add egg, clove, coriander and salt to the mixture, stir until well blended.
4)  Set aside 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs in a medium bowl.
5)  Slowly add remaining 3/4 cup of bread crumbs into the large bowl. Mix well
6)  Form 6 balls of mixture, roll in bread crumbs (that were set aside in medium bowl earlier) and press     into patties.

Patties may be refrigerated to cook later.

Cooking Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with non-stick aluminum foil
3) Place patties on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes (flipping them half way through bake time)

Serving suggestions:

Cut or break patties in half and serve on whole wheat tortilla wraps with lettuce and choice of condiments and ENJOY!  These also make a wonderful alternative to chicken on salads or in a chicken parmesan recipe.  It is easy to make this a gluten free recipe by replacing the bread crumbs with a gluten free, bread crumb substitute!  Serve on gluten free bread and enjoy!

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