We are all doing our bit for the environment & cutting meat out of our diet makes a huge impact. So we bring you Meat Free Mid Week Recipes – this week Simple Smokey Beet Cakes.

Simple Smokey Beet Cakes.

Makes 8 cakes

½ cup brown rice
1 cup water
Canola oil
1 onion, sliced thin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 large beet, grated

Place brown rice, water, a dash of oil and a dash of salt in a pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 50 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

Heat a sautée pan over high heat and add a few tablespoons of oil, followed by the onions. After the first minute, reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking  until the onions are caramelized, stirring often, 5-7 minutes. Add the paprika, cayenne, and 1 teaspoon salt, and remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature and set aside.

Place the rice, onions, and 1 cup of the beets in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture forms a thick puree, about a minute. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.

Combine the puree with the remaining beets, mixing thoroughly with your hands. Use a 1/3-cup measure to divide the dough into 8 balls, and shape the balls into patties. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add a little oil and cook the cakes for 4-5 minutes on each side, until they form a light crust. Season each side with a little salt as they cook. Serve hot.

Thanks to the wonderful and imaginative Louisa Shafia of LucidFood. This recipe and basically ALL of her recipes and ideas look amazing. I have also included her video on WATERMELONADE!!!

Watermelonade from Louisa Shafia on Vimeo.

Give the Meat Free Mid Week Recipes a try and let us know how you went or add your favourite recipes to our collection!

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