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Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains and known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification qualities. They also are rich in carotenoids which is very good for eye health. I read somewhere that the powers of carotenoids in beets may be as much or more important to eye health than beta carotene. A serving of beets is high in folate, manganese, potassium. They are low in calories and like many vegetables, have been linked to reducing the risk of cancers.
There are lots of good sources out there that can provide more details. Beets are an excellent way to get a red food into your diet. Oh and I heard you can use beet juice for food colouring!
*Adapted from Colour me Vegan
- 2 cups of grated beets (2-3 beets)
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa
- 1/2 toasted sesame seeds
- 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
- 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper
To cook, I BBQ'd them. Heat the grill to medium heat, and cook for about 7-10 minutes a side. You can also bake in the oven (About 350 F for 7-10 min a side) or fry them. Up to you.
Makes 4 large burgers or 6 small.