Recipe: Spicy Vege Burger Patties

How to Make Spicy Veggie Burger Patties

Veggie burgers make a satisfying meal and are easy to make at home.
While some store-bought veggie burgers have the reputation of being bland,
or even unhealthy, you can spice up homemade veggie patties in plenty of ways.
Combining rice and beans in a burger patty provides a complete protein and
makes for a well-rounded, nutritious meal. Chipotle chilies give these black
bean veggie burger patties a kick. Finish with your favorite toppings.

Things You’ll Need

1 (14-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup cooked brown rice

2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Olive oil or canola oil for cooking

Cook the brown rice according to package instructions. You’ll need one cup cooked, which is the equivalent of 1/3 cup uncooked rice.

It’s easiest to cook 1 cup of dry rice (yielding 3 cups cooked) and save the leftover cooked rice for other uses.

In order to make black bean burgers spicy, you can use fresh diced jalapeno,  leaving the seeds in, dried cayenne pepper or canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce.

Chipotle chilies are very spicy, so you’ll only need one pepper for the recipe and can
use the remaining chilies for future uses.

Step 1: Prepare the Base

Pour the cooked brown rice and drained and rinsed black beans into a mixing bowl.
Use a fork to mash the beans, leaving them somewhat chunky.

Step 2: Chop the Vegetables

Finely chop the red onion, garlic and chipotle chili. Make sure the pieces are very fine
so they can become well incorporated with the burger patties.

Step 3: Mix

Add the onion, garlic, chili, ground cumin and salt to the mixing bowl with the rice and beans.

Stir everything together until well-incorporated. The rice and bean mixture will be thick,
slightly sticky and very malleable.

Step 4: Form Patties

Form the mixture into a large ball, and then divide it into four equal sections.
Make a small ball out of one of the sections and press between your palms to
flatten into a burger patty.

Make patties out of the remaining three sections of the mixture, and place all of the patties on a plate.

Step 5: Cook

Heat a large (10-inch) skillet to medium-high, and add enough cooking oil to generously coat the surface,
about 3 tablespoons.

Carefully place all of the burger patties on the hot skillet. Cook until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Carefully flip the patties and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes until golden-brown on both sides.

Step 6: Serve

Toast burger buns, and make complete veggie burgers with your favorite toppings, such as fresh greens, avocado, tomato and onion.


Alarming Levels of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in Popular U.S Foods | Food Democracy Now

Source: Alarming Levels of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in Popular U.S Foods | Food Democracy Now

Alarming Levels of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in Popular U.S Foods

A new report by Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project exposes shocking levels of glyphosate contamination in popular American foods, including Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, Goldfish and Stacy’s Pita Chips.

Levels found in these product are well above the levels found by independent peer-reviewed studies which show that ultra-low levels of glyphosate can cause organ damage starting at 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). This is 1,750 times lower than what the EPA currently claims is safe. The highest levels detected were found in General Mills’ Original Cheerios, which were simply off the charts, at 1,125.3 ppb or nearly twice the level considered potentially harmful according to the latest scientific research in a single serving.

As a result, we’re calling on the EPA Inspector General to investigate the agency’s failure to properly test and regulate glyphosate, end the practice of pre-harvest spraying of Roundup as a drying agent and release ALL of the industry data submitted to federal agencies, but kept hidden from the American public as “trade secrets.”

Demand that your regulatory agencies, like the EPA, FDA and USDA protect the American people from toxic chemicals in our food, water and air! It’s time to get Monsanto’s Roundup off your plate, ban glyphosate and label GMOs! We need your help today. Every voice counts! The report can be viewed here.

Toxics and New Borns

Originally published July 21 2016


Study: Toxic chemicals in makeup, plastics and other everyday products are
harming unborn babies, damaging the brain and reducing IQs

by Amy Goodrich

(NaturalNews) Most consumers generally assume that products available on the market are proven to be safe. They believe that the government would not allow any product on the market that may be harmful to their health.

Unfortunately, this is not true. Many products sold today contain toxic ingredients with very limited safety testing. A growing number of researchers now believe that a variety of chemicals found in everyday household items, such as makeup, plastics, and food containers, may pose a serious threat to the developing brain of fetuses and growing children. These chemicals may even be lowering their IQ.

In a first-of-its-kind consensus statement, called Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks), dozens of scientists, health practitioners, and children’s health advocates are calling for a more aggressive regulation.

The aim of the coalition is to protect expectant mothers, infants, and children from toxic chemicals that endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages.


A broken system

In the statement, the authors concluded that the existing system in the U.S. for evaluating scientific evidence and making health-based decisions about environmental chemicals is “fundamentally broken.”

American children are at an “unacceptable” risk of developing neurological disorders including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, and other learning and behavioral disabilities. Parents report that one in six American children have a developmental disability, which is 17 percent more than a decade ago.

These rising neurological defects are very complex disorders caused by genetic, social, and environmental factors. While we cannot change our genetic makeup, the toxic effect chemicals have on our health can, and should, be prevented.

One way pregnant women can protect their little one and build up immunity is through juicing health-promoting superfoods.


Chemicals are everywhere

The report gives bad press to the U.S. that continues to allow these chemicals to flood the market with little or no evidence of the effects they may have on the developing brain. With the TENDR consensus statement, the authors hope to reduce toxic chemical exposure and neurodevelopmental disabilities in America’s children.

The chemicals singled out by the coalition include lead, mercury, organophosphate pesticides used in agriculture and gardens, flame retardants, combustion-related air pollutants, and phthalates found in plastic bottles, food containers, and beauty products.

Furthermore, they note that traffic pollution and smoke from wood can also affect the neurological development of both unborn baby and growing child.

While polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been banned or restricted in America for years, the authors report that these can linger in the environment for decades and are also reason for concern.


Chemicals are everywhere

Professor Susan Schantz, of the University of Illinois, said that these chemicals are not only found in air and water, but also in everyday products that we use in our home or apply on our skin. Reducing the exposure is possible and urgently needed to protect our future generation.

Almost every day we come in contact with phthalates and other endocrine disruptors found in all kinds of different products. As reported by the Daily Mail, 90 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. have detectable levels of 62 different chemicals.

Many of these chemicals can interfere with the normal activity of hormones, like thyroid hormones, estrogen, and androgens. Schantz and her colleagues are studying the effects phthalates and other endocrine disruptors have on the child’s brain and behavior.

Professor Schantz said that very little is known about what these chemicals are doing to children’s neurological development.

“They just haven’t been studied.”, Schantz said. She expressed that if it looks like something is a risk, many scientists feel policymakers should be willing to make a decision that the chemical could be trouble and we need to stop its production or limit its use. Professor Schantz went on to say, “We shouldn’t have to wait 10 or 15 years — allowing countless children to be exposed to it in the meantime — until we’re positive it’s a bad actor.”

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10 Commandments of Grocery Shopping

The 10 Commandments of Grocery Shopping
July 7, 2014 |


Given the fact that the employees at my local grocery store see me more than my own family does, it’s safe to say that I have quite a bit of experience pushing a full cart around.

While I generally enjoy the experience because a) I love finding and checking things off of a list and b) food, there are a few simple things that would make it better for all those involved.

The 10 Commandments of Grocery Shopping


1. Thou shall not leave your cart in an empty parking spot.

There are two kinds of people in this world: 1) those who return carts to the cart corral and 2) a-holes. Leaving a cart to find it’s own way home often results in the cart camping out in a parking spot someone will inevitably pull halfway into before realizing the cart is there and angrily backing out, pissing off people behind them. The carts have a home. Help them find their home.

2. Thou shall not walk down the center aisle of the parking lot.

You do not have super-human pedestrian powers that override people in their cars trying to get past or around you. Pick a side — any side — and no one gets hurt.

3. Thou shall travel up and down the aisle like a civilized person.

Up one side, down the other. If you’re barreling down the middle or the wrong side like a linebacker and clip my cart, I am not above throwing a shoulder. Also, try to refrain from doing a 180 halfway down a jam-packed aisle only to amble along as if you’re taking in the sights of the Louvre. It’s soup. Not the Sistine Chapel.

4. Thou shall obey the express line rules.

The sign says 15 items or less. It does not say, “Everything you can stick in the small-ass cart you chose instead of regular cart.” That does not refer to the number of item types, but the actual item count. For example, those 75 cans of soup that took you 15 minutes to pick out does not count as a single item. You are not a special snowflake. If everybody ignored this rule, it would just be a regular line.

5. Thou shalt not decide against the frozen pizza you picked up in the frozen foods section and then place it on the shelf next to the shampoo.

Really? Come on now, people.

6. Thou shall respect the invisible checkout line bubble of personal space.

Regardless of how close you creep up or how many items you throw on the belt, you will be next–after me. If you continue to creep up, I will pretend to go through my coupon keeper for an extraordinary amount of time and chit chat with the cashier…unless you would like to pay for my produce. In that case, you have a deal.

7. Thou shall treat the cashier with respect.

This means not chatting on your phone while she’s ringing up your groceries or getting ticked when she won’t accept the four expired coupons you thought she’d ignore. If you get caught trying to sneak in an expired coupon, just let it go. It’s 35-cents off of dish soap. You’ll survive.

8. Thou shall not stop at the exit to go over your receipt.

Once given your receipt and all 300 extra pieces of paper that get pumped out of the printer with it, do not stop and read the receipt like it’s a treasure map. There is nothing on that paper that is that important that you need to throw on the brakes and cause a backup. Move it along.

9. Thou shall reconsider the self-checkout.

Know your limits. Can you find a bar code on a product? Match the picture of bananas on the screen to the bananas in your cart? Flatten paper money to insert into a slot? If you answered “no” to any of those questions, don’t be a hero. Go through the normal checkout.

10. Thou shall not stalk for a parking spot.

Finally, do not slowly drive behind me at 5 mph impatiently waiting for my parking spot that is often only two down from another available spot. Unless you’re going to get out and help me unload my groceries into the back, your insistence on sitting there, impatiently revving the engine on your minivan, will force me to do a full vehicle check — interior and exterior — before getting back in and leaving 5 minutes later.

Thank you for shopping with us.   Have a nice day.

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Whole Foods No More Sludge!

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Under Pressure, Whole Foods Agrees to Stop Selling Produce Grown in Sewage Sludge
PR Watch [1] / By Rebekah Wilce [2]

FOODS_WHOLE-FOODSJanuary 16, 2014  |

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) broke the story [3] that the $12.9 billion-a-year [4] natural and organic foods retailer Whole Foods Market had a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it comes to “conventional” — or non-organic — produce being grown in fields spread with sewage sludge [5], euphemistically called “biosolids.” Certified organic produce cannot be fertilized with sewage sludge, which is the industrial and hospital waste and human excrement flushed down the drains and later — in some cases — spread on some crops.

Since this story broke, nearly 8,000 activists and PRWatch readers have sent emails to Whole Foods executives asking the company [6] to require its suppliers to disclose this information and to label produce grown in sewage sludge so that customers can make informed decisions.

Mario Ciasulli, a semi-retired engineer and home cook living in North Carolina whom CMD profiled in December 2012, blew the whistle on Whole Foods’ don’t-ask, don’t-tell policy. As soon as he found out that shopping at Whole Foods was no protection against this potential contamination unless he could afford to buy only certified organic produce, he worked extensively to engage Whole Foods on this issue. He has insisted that management address his concerns about potential contamination of non-organic produce, price barriers to organic produce for those who are concerned, and the difficulty of finding out what non-organic produce may have been grown in soil fertilized with sewage sludge without labeling and accountability.  (Read Full Article)

FYI: Processed Foods

10 Things the Processed Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know
Dr. Mercola Mercola / News Report
Published: Tuesday 16 July 2013
When foods are processed, not only are valuable nutrients lost and dietary fiber removed, but the textures and natural variation and flavors are also lost.
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Processed foods are typically loaded with excess sugar, salt, unhealthful fats, preservatives and other additives.

But you probably know this already. What you may not know about processed foods is the extent of the havoc they can wreak on your body, a closely guarded secret that the processed food industry doesn’t want you to know.

In short, though they may taste good and be easy to prepare, when you eat processed foods you’re exchanging convenience for your health.

10 Processed-Food Secrets the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

In the featured article, Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet, explains 10 reasons why you might want to think twice the next time you’re tempted to eat processed foods. (READ FULL ARTICLE)

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6 Foods Hyped to Make You Think They’re Healthy

6 Foods That Companies Hype to Make You Think They Are Healthy | Alternet

January 21, 2013

Plenty of bad foods are marketed to purposely mislead consumers.

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January 18, 2013  |

There’s nothing inherently wrong with high-calorie foods. We should all be able to eat whatever we want, and no one should ever be shamed for occasionally going to town on some junk food. Still, there are plenty of bad foods that are marketed to mislead consumers into thinking they’re one thing when they’re actually something else.

It’s especially unfortunate when companies market foods as healthy when in fact they aren’t. Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in, though, so we all have to become a bit savvier about how we make healthy food choices.

1. Smoothie King’sPeanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie

This product came to our attention via Center for Science in the Public Interest’s 2013 Xtreme Eating Awards. In CSPI’s words:

Smoothie King combines peanut butter, banana, sugar, and grape juice in its Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie. Some may think that sounds healthy, but a 40-oz. large size has 1,460 calories and three-and-a-half days’ worth of added sugar (22 teaspoons). Make that six-and-a-half days’ worth, since the 17 teaspoons of naturally occurring sugar in the grape juice aren’t any healthier than added sugar. There’s an additional 12 teaspoons of sugar coming from the banana and nonfat milk.

That is…a lot of sugar, especially considering that one of these smoothies is likely purchased as a snack, or at most one meal. I wonder how many people know just how much sugar they’re getting?

2. Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

We picked just one salad for this article’s purposes, but you should know that as of last summer, there were at least 15 salads for sale at major chain restaurants that were unhealthier than a Big Mac (which has 550 calories and 29 grams of fat).

But let’s talk about this Applebee’s salad in particular. Chicken plus salad plus what sounds like some sort of Asian cuisine-inspired preparation might lead many customers to think that this salad is one of the healthier options on the Applebee’s menu. But no. The salad has 1,380 calories and 99 grams of fat, of which 15 grams are saturated. That’s almost impressive for a dish whose most fundamental ingredient is lettuce.

3. Yoplait’s 99% Fat-Free Cherry Orchard

Oh, the irony of this yogurt having “fat free” in its name! Men’s Health named this product “worst yogurt” in its Supermarket Survival Guide, and it’s easy to see why: it has a whopping 27 grams of sugar. That’s more than the daily recommended amount for the average woman (20 grams) – all in one “99% fat-free” snack.

4. Red Mango Mixed Frozen Yogurt

With the frozen yogurt fad in full force, it’s worth noting that fro-yo, while a delicious treat, is not necessarily a whole lot healthier for you than ice cream. I’m not trying to take your Pinkberry away — by all means, eat it to your heart’s content — just have all the facts before you do.

At the popular frozen yogurt chain Red Mango, you can buy a mixture of flavors (plain tart, pomegranate, blueberry, and white peach) that, swirled together in the smallest cup, contains 85 grams of sugar. That’s still less than most ice cream, but it’s a far cry from “healthy,” if that’s what you think you’re getting with a small cup of fruit-flavored fro-yo.

5. McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

Mark Bittman wrote a widely shared takedown of McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal when it was introduced in 2011, so let’s take it from him:

A more accurate description than “100 percent natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen”….

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