The day before and the day after my Tough Mudder event I was on a complex carb, protein and anti-inflammation kick...I wanted to defend myself from all directions and help prevent muscle injury too!
Turmeric has long been know for it's healing qualities and anti-inflammatory properties and so I wanted to base my main meals around this beautiful spice, so often underused in my cooking. I think you've probably already guessed quinoa would be the obvious recipient!
This was my 'before' event dinner...
This was my 'after' event dinner...
Both dishes were great in their simplicty, I ate the quinoa/cauli as a main dish but it would propbably be best served asa a side dish along with some other colours :-) We'll get onto that dish in another post, but today I give you the turmeric quinoa burgers.
Initial inspiration for the ingredients profile came from this recipe and then I changed a few things up, namely the binding method, spices and cooking method.
I used almond flour as the key ingredient to bind them as almond flour is 'gummy' when mixed with water and is also in itself a potent anti-inflammatory, so along with onion and garlic these little burgers really should help kick sore muscles into touch (well I experienced minimal soreness after the event so who knows...)
I added a little garam masala and salt to boost the flavour, but you really want to focus on the turmeric as much as possible. Serve on a bed of spinach for even more anti-inflammatory fighting properties (and a break from all that yellow!)
Superfoods to the rescue!!
Recipe: Turmeric spiced burgers
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup sweetcorn
1-2 crushed cloves garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic granules
2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbs fine almond flour
1 tbs flax
approx 1/4 cup hot water
extra water if needed
Mix the almond flour with hot water in a small bowl and mix to form a thick paste. Mix all remaining ingredients together adding the the paste last. Add a little extra water if needed to assist the binding of the mixture.
Get your had stuck in and form small flattened patties, place these on a lined or greased baking sheet. The mixture will be a bit delicate but should easily form patties that hold together well whilst baking and being turned over once.
I didn't use any oil to coat the patties as they tasted great without, but feel free to use a light coating for extra crispness if you prefer. The patties can also be lightly fried on each side as an alternative to oven baking. I baked them for approx. 30 minutes at 180C until lightly golden.
For further guidance on making gluten free choices please see this post.
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