A great recipe to help reverse Type-2 diabetes and promote overall healing in the body. Rich tasting black beans are the base to this delicious vegetarian burger that takes nutrition to a whole new level. This recipe contains bitter melon, a vegetable related to the squash family and used frequently in many Asian dishes. But, the reason bitter melon is used here is due to its ability to help reverse Type-2 diabetes. Bitter melon is a great source of vitamin C, is low in calories, and high in other disease-fighting nutrients, but its role in aiding in the prevention of and reversing of Type-2 diabetes stems from the fact that it contains the phyto-nutrient, polypeptide-P which is a plant insulin known to lower blood sugar levels. Bitter melon also contains charantin which increases glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis which studies show help reduce the levels of blood sugar. Bitter melon can be found in most grocery stores. Look for firm, but not hard, melon with a healthy green color.
Healthy foods CAN and DO taste good! Here, blackened seasoning, fresh cilantro, Manuka honey, chili powder, dry mustard and tomatoes are mixed together to for a tasty burger with a hint of spice.
The burger does contain eggs and is thereby not vegan but vegan lovers can use egg substitutes, if desired, as the egg acts as a binder for the other ingredients. Eggs also contain choline which is a valuable nutrient for promoting good health as works to improve nerve function, boost brain health and detoxify organs such as the liver.
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Black Bean Burger
This recipe contains bitter melon, a vegetable related to the squash family and used frequently in many Asian dishes.
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- 2 small bitter melon
- 3 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup ground cashew cheese (see recipe, Cashew Cheese, link above)
- 2 organic eggs
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 small can tomato paste
- pinch sea salt
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons blackened seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon Manuka honey
- Preheat oven to 400*F.
- Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or silpat and coating it with the tablespoon of coconut butter.
- Cut bitter melon in half and spoon out the white flesh part with the seeds.
- Dice bitter melon flesh, place in a bowl and cover with water; stir in 2 teaspoons of sea salt.
- Soak bitter melon for 30 minutes, drain and rinse.
- In a large bowl, add remaining ingredients and mash together using a potato masher until somewhat smooth and able to form into patties.
- Form into 6 equal patties, place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Serve wrapped in butter lettuce (or other lettuce) with a homemade sauce such as Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade or Cilantro Pesto.