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Brown Rice & Cannellini Bean Sliders with Fresh Parsley, Peach and Agave

Posted Apr 16 2012 7:24am

For those of you who may have missed our big news, (it was covered by most of the major Canadian broadcasters but sometimes these things get overlooked), we bought a rice cooker.

Yes, it's true. 

And we have been making rice daily. That's: every. single. day. Nothing new to our Asian friends we understand but entirely new, in frequency, to us.

And I don't remember the last time we had this much fun for $9!!

After enjoying variations on stir-fries and burritos, we've expanded into blender territory this week to play around with some delightful vegetarian sliders (which can also easily be made vegan).  I've come to realize that my blender is a little bit like how some people view their crockpots - a life saver and food transformer.

The combination of rice and beans makes these easily assembled sliders a complete vegetable protein and ideal meal choice for vegetarians and those of us looking to vary our dietary intake.

If you prepare the rice and beans ahead of time (super simple and both store well in the fridge), you can have this meal on the table in 15 minutes.

Brown Rice & Cannellini Bean Sliders with Fresh Parsley, Peach & Agave
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked cannellini beans (any beans will do), well rinsed if using canned
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 eggs (substitute 1/3 cup olive oil for vegan version)
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (simply omit for vegan version)
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder or to taste (substitute regular chili powder or other seasoning as desired)
  • Sea salt & coarse black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 ripe peach or nectarine, skin-on and sliced into wedges
  • Agave nectar for topping

------------ Notes:
BPA: More concerning from my perspective is that Bisphenol A (BPA) - a known toxin - continues to be used in the lining of many food and beverage cans - including canned beans.  Studies have shown that this industrial plastic is absorbed by canned foods and, when ingested by consumers, can give rise to significant spikes in urinary levels of BPA.
Canada was the first country in the world to declare BPA a toxic substance after reviewing a substantial body of evidence that linked BPA, and its estrogen mimicking effects, to a variety of troubling diseases and disorders including prostate disease, breast cancer, fertility problems and neurological issues, including fetal and infant brain development. 

Health Canada has banned the industrial chemical from plastic baby bottles (as has the European union), but has not extended this ban to include food and beverage cans, which critics continue to argue is necessary to ensure public safety. Until more studies are conducted, I continue to take a cautionary approach by reducing our exposure to BPAs as much as possible.

Sauté onion with some olive oil in a skillet on stove over low-medium heat until translucent (about 5 minutes).  Set aside.
Add onion, beans, brown rice, eggs (or olive oil), parsley, cheese (if desired) and seasonings to blender and blend until ingredients are combined and desired texture is achieved (I still kept the odd chunky bean piece in mine).

Using your hands, assemble mixture into patties in desired sizing.  I made sliders (slightly smaller than traditional 'burger' size but you could also make minis and serve them an appetizer.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, adding olive oil.  Place sliders in heated skillet and sauté for about two minutes on each side or until desired doneness is achieved.

Add a dollop of yogurt to each slider and top with a peach wedge and a drizzle of agave nectar.
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