Mushroom burger

So this week I found out that I have two parasites living in me and have some form of gluten intolerance. Just what you want to hear… So now because I am trying not to eat dairy, I am that person asking for food that is meat, dairy free and gluten free :) :)

The parasites have been with me for 3 years (!!) since a trip to India and have prevented me from absorbing many of my nutrients meaning that I am really low in protein, iron and vitamin B12. Supposedly I can try and get rid of them through antibiotics and essentially starving them out but that’s going to have to wait because I have a trip to Sri Lanka and India soon so who knows how many more parasites I will have after then¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But seriously if you think things aren’t feeling right for you, go get it checked out with a few tests. I knew something was wrong so I am so glad I have found it out now.

Eating gluten-free though, not as difficult as I thought. I have found it surprisingly easy and there are SO many delicious options out there. I ate some amazing pumpkin quinoa gluten free bread the other day and it was better than normal bread!! While the thought of not eating sourdough makes me want to cry, it’s good to know that there are so many alternatives and this recipe is a perfect example of a delicious breadless meal.

There are endless opportunities for breadless burgers but mushrooms seemed like the most fun and filling. You can make an entirely raw burger as well, by marinating mushrooms in balsamic vinegar with oil for an hour or so. I marinated these guys in tamari and oil and then fried them up on a grill and they were ahhhmazing. Then you just fill them up with whatever you want! I am in a huge tempeh phase at the moment, you can buy these pre-marinated tempeh burgers which are delicious and are very high in protein. I’ve also added some fermented veggies from The Culture Guys in an attempt to start fixing my gut. Check them out as their products are really great.

Regardless of your gluten status, give this a go as it’s a different and delicious way to make a burger. But warning: it is seriously messy so you wouldn’t want to eat it while simultaneously trying to do work on the computer for eg. :)

Mushroom burger 2

Mushroom breadless burgers with tempeh
Time; 40 mins (including marinating time)

Ingredients (for 1 burger)
2 portobello mushrooms, stems cut out

2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs tamari
1 tempeh pre-marinated burger (you can find these in health food shops or just buy plain tempeh)
½ cup red cabbage, finely sliced
Small handful of alfalfa sprouts
Lettuce leaves
1 tbs of fermented cabbage

Method
Marinade the mushrooms in the olive oil and tamari for at least 20 minutes (the longer the better). Get a grill pan on the heat and make sure it is really hot before placing the mushrooms on. They need around 5 minutes on each side depending on how large and thick they are. Meanwhile fry the piece of tempeh so that gets nice and warm (about 3 minutes on each side). Once the mushrooms are ready, you just need to plate up and put all the other ingredients on top of one another, making sure the mushrooms are on the bottom and top. Squeeze down together so it can fit in your mouth and enjoy!

Mushroom burger 3

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