Beat the heat this summer by turning down your grill

25 July 2018

Cauliflower and quinoa veggie burgerSummer is here and you’re probably ready to fire up the barbecue for your next party or picnic. Before you do, you should know that research shows that cooking meat, poultry and fish at high temperatures creates chemicals that may increase your risk of cancer. High-heat cooking includes frying, broiling or BBQing.

Get your BBQ fix this summer by grilling vegetables and fruit slices or by making the delicious veggie burger below.

Cauliflower and Quinoa Veggie Burgers  

Topped with avocado, greens and plenty of vegetables, this burger is a must for your next summer party!


 ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
 1 cauliflower
 ½ tsp
smoked paprika
 ½ tsp
chili powder
 2 tbsp
olive oil
 1 carrot, grated
garlic clove, minced
 ¼ cup
panko breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 400F
2. In a small saucepan, cook your quinoa according to the instructions. Drain and squeeze out the extra water from the quinoa. Let it cool.
3. Chop the cauliflower in very small pieces and spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add 15 ml of oil and the spices and mix well. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
4. While this is happening, cook the garlic and grated carrots in 15 ml of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add salt and pepper.
5. In a big bowl combine the quinoa, cauliflower and carrots. Add the eggs, breadcrumbs and mix well.
6. Using your hands, form 4 patties. Add a bit of oil to the pan you used earlier and cook your patties over medium-high heat.


This recipe is courtesy of Half Your Plate, a healthy living initiative encouraging Canadians to eat more vegetables and fruit.

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