Saturday, 1 April 2017

Healthy Lamb Burgers

This week we wanted some nice and healthy soulfood, so we made Lamb Burgers instead of using beef (which contains much more fat, which you'll see as you cook these off) with a minty raita, and red onions in Turkish flatbreads with a Bulgar wheat Tabbouleh salad which is lush and really fresh tasting. As usual we buy our ingredients locally which supports our local shopkeepers and keeps the money out  of the multinationals pocket therefore letting your area feel more like a community.

Alf's Lamb burgers look and taste delicious

We start by bashing up some sliced of wholemeal bread to make breadcrumbs in the food processor, then add this to the mince, with salt, pepper and garlic and rosemary crushed together to make a delicious smelling mix. This adds loads of flavour to the burgers.

Locally sourced ingredients (not sure why there is an aubergine in this pic?)

We buy our ingredients from a local world store which has dead friendly and personal staff, who know their stuff from butchers to bakers, fruiterers and the customer service is first class, fun and makes you smile, also feels like money well spent too! Try and find a local world shop, ask questions, talk to the staff and try new things... You'll probably end up with some new friends too!, who knows...

Ingredients

Alf's Proper Lush Lamb Burgers
Lamb Mince
Coriander
Fresh Garlic
Red Onion
Homemade breadcrumbs
Egg

Alf's Homemade Raita
Natural yoghurt
Mint sauce
Cucumber

Tabbouleh
Bulgar wheat
Spring Onion
Tomatoes
Parsley
Mint

Wedges
Decent sized potatoes
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Start by whizzing up some old bread in a food processor then add to your lamb mince in a large bowl with an egg, salt and pepper to season and then set about bashing up some rosemary with garlic cloves in a mortar and pestle (if you don't have one of these use some heavy to pulverise)

Leave to sit in the fridge for a bit to marinade/settle and then make into palm sized patties before pressing using something flat (we used a jug base) and add to hot oil in a frying pan or place in the grill.

While you're doing this place your Bulgar into a bowl and add the required amount of boiling water and cover with a plate or something similar. Chop up the spring onions tomato, mint and coriander and add into the grains once the water has soaked up (ideally let the Bulgar cool down). Squeeze in some lemon and add a little salt. (once you get into this stuff its super healthy and very low fat too).

Our Raita is more like our recipe so fill a nice bowl with natural yoghurt, add a teaspoon of mint sauce and slice up some cucumber and pop it in, stir it up and use this to serve on top of the burgers with the red onion or as a dip for your potato wedges.

For the wedges slice a potato down its length into wedges put into an oven proof dish toss in some olive oil and add some salt and pepper, cook on a temperature around 200 degrees until browned. These are delicious with burgers and add nothing to the cost of a family meal.

Bulgar wheat
Making breadcrumbs

Alf's adding lemon, mint, parsley, spring onion and tomato
Mix the lamb with breadcrumbs and add an egg
Mash up fresh rosemary and garlic cloves - this smells delicious!
Either fry in low fat oil or grill


Serve up and tuck in
This is a great family meal to sit around the dinner table and have a laugh and some nice conversation (make sure the kids turn the tele off too).

As ever we encourage the kids to prep and cook their own meals, as this is an essential life skill and under supervision use ALL the utensils to prep food.

Give this a go and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did, leave us a comment if you have any questions or want to share ideas etc.

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