As a Mum of two kids I’m no stranger to sausages (though I do buy better quality ones), and you can’t beat a burger and salad for fun weekend comfort food.
My local organic farm do the best beef burgers ever (fact) but I’ve bought TVP foods in the past such as mince, and no one has minded, or even been able to tell the difference!
TVP, or Textured Vegetable Protein, is made from soy flour, and comes in various forms such as mince, nuggets, or ready made ‘fillets’ or used in ready meals. Soy is the highest of plant proteins in amino acids (the building blocks of protein) so is great for non-meat eaters. Not getting enough protein is the most common problem I see, as a nutritionist and weight loss coach, in my clients. It’s fine if you want to avoid meat for whatever reason, but that’s not a reason to be nutritionally deficient in anything!
Hemp is another plant powerhouse; not only is it also a good source of the aforementioned amino acids but it’s rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Hemp seeds provide texture and flavour as well as nutrients.
Most burgers need things to bind them and stop them crumbling, especially non-meat ones, so flax seeds swell and can be used to bind like eggs would, and I’ve used tapioca flour instead of wheat because while we’re not coeliac in this house, quite frankly most people rely on wheat foods way too much to be called a ‘balanced’ diet.
But like any new recipe or ‘healthy’ food, if the kids and hubby don’t like it and won’t eat it, it’s going in the bin, so I knew the stakes were high, especially since hubby has got into a ‘*well-known brand* sausage-egg muffin on the way to work’ routine I’m not impressed with and am determined to change!
Result? Win! Here’s the winning recipe:
Serves 4-8 (makes 8 small patties)
Mix the TVP with the hot water and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Form the mix into 8 small or 4 large burger shaped patties.
Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan, when hot add the patties.
Fry for 4 minutes each side or until turning golden.
Serve with salad, condiments, wholegrain rolls or a few home-cut fries or potato wedges, whatever your preferences and nutritional needs are!