Still not sure if you need to decrease your meat intake?
Check this out:
- It has been estimated that 8 percent of deaths in women and almost 10 percent of deaths in men could be prevented if people consumed less than half a serving per day of red meat, according to Adam Bernstein, research director at the renowned Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute.
- The National Institute of Health-AARP conducted a study on half a million people and found that those who ate the most red meat were 30 percent more likely to die than those who ate the least.
- The risk of colon and rectal cancer rises by about 20 percent for every serving of red or processed meat you eat in a day, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Now I’m not saying that everyone in the world needs to become strict vegans, but participating in meatless Monday sure wouldn’t hurt ya. Start by trying this alternative to the classic burger. If you have more questions, need more evidence that red meat is not essential to a healthy diet, or need help transitioning to a more plant-based diet, feel free to leave a comment here or contact me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Bean Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Salsa
Makes 4 burgers
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 cans of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon sriracha or chipotle sauce
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 4 Whole grain burger buns
- Leaf lettuce for topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the diced peppers on a baking tray and drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil. Roast for 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes then roast for another 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, combine the kidney beans, breadcrumbs, onion, sriracha, egg and lime zest in a food processor until thoroughly mixed but still chunky. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a potato masher and get the same result. Form 4 burgers. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet and cook each burger for 5 minutes on each side until golden.
3. Toss the roasted peppers and tomatoes with the lime juice and crushed red pepper. Toast the buns and serve with a handful of salsa and lettuce atop the burger.
As Michael Pollan simply says: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
And PS Mr. Pollan- You can stop talking crap about dietitians any time now. Lots of us are on your team dude :)