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Apple Mint Lassi and Simple Bean Burger

Apple Mint Lassi
Perfect for the warmer weather we're loving in Vancouver! Cucumber, mint, apple, lemon, and yogurt are all cooling. This is also a great detox cleansing shake. Easy to make and delicious too!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 red apples
  2. 1 lemon
  3. 1/4 cucumber
  4. 1 handful of fresh mint
  5. 1 handful of spinach
  6. 2 Tbsp (30 mL) unflavoured yogourt (choose organic, if possible)
  7. 1 tsp (5 mL) green food powder
  8. Ice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Simple: Blend and drink.
Adapted from Alive Magazine
Adapted from Alive Magazine
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC http://www.activetcm.com/
Modifiable Bean Burger
I tried the Southwestern version I've written here, but check the link for other options. Or make your own version.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) black, white, or pinto beans or black-eyed peas (I used black beans)
  2. 1 cup dried breadcrumbs (I used gluten-free)
  3. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten (free range, organic preferred)
  4. 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 cup prepared salsa (if you're wimpy like me, choose mild)
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the cans of beans and mash them in a bowl. They don't need to be completely mashed; some whole ones will add texture.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  3. If necessary, add a little more salsa if too dry or bread crumbs if too wet.
  4. Mix until the mixture holds together but is not wet.
  5. Divide into 6 equal portions and shape into 4-inch patties.
  6. Heat coconut or grape oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Add the patties and cook, turning only once, until a crisp brown crust forms on both sides, about 6 minutes total.
  8. Top the burgers as desired.
Adapted from Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC http://www.activetcm.com/

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