I had this meal planned out in my head from the moment I woke up; you may think I'm crazy but wait until you see it! I have been planning a vegan week with my parents for quite some time now but they are always complaining that it will all be rabbit-food and nothing exciting... I wanted to prove them wrong and show how you can recreate a typical fast food meal; it is just as delicious but a lot healthier.
If you look at a regular fast food meal, you have your burger, chips/ fries, tomato ketchup, coleslaw and perhaps a side salad. Lets look at Mcdonalds and Burger King for example:
In Mcdonalds, as you can see above, the average meal contains around 500 calories with 67g carbs, 11g sugar and 5g of sat. fat. Similarly in Burger King, 620 calories with 80g carbs, 6g sugar and 7g sat fat. Now, compare this to my meal below: 265 calories, 32g carbs and 0.9g sat fat!
Now, I'm not saying don't eat from these restaurants; everyone needs a treat or a day off every now or then! I'm just showing you how to recreate these meals at home... the healthy way!
My burger meal below is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, low-fat, low-carb, low-sugar ... all the while being absolutely delicious; it's a clean-eating superfood platter!
To create the chickpea burgers, combine 1/2 drained can of chickpeas, 50g grated carrots, 1tbsp chopped onions, 1/2 tsp cumin and seasoning. Blitz in a food processor for 10 seconds so the texture is chunky but the ingredients have combined. Shape into 3 flat patties and place on a greased baking tray/tinfoil along with three slices of aubergine and place under the grill (medium heat) for 10 minutes, turning half way through cooking.
Place the aubergine on the base, top with lettuce, a slice of tomato and finally the chickpea burger.
Nutrition: 145kcal, 15g carbs, 0.9g sat fat.
Simply chop up half a carrot, half a courgette and half a green pepper. Place in a covered container along with a tsp water and place in the microwave for 2 minutes. Drain and sprinkle with dried basil.
Nutrition: 40kcal, 7g carbs, 0g sat fat.
Combine 1tbsp passata, 1tsp tomato puree, 1/2 tsp sweet chilli sauce and a sprinkle of basil;
simple but delicious!
Nutrition: 25kcal, 3g carbs, 0g sat fat.
Combine 40g shredded carrot, 40g shredded cabbage, a chopped slice of onion, 1 tbsp greek yoghurt (or soy for vegan) and 1/2tsp wholegrain mustard (my new obsession)!
Nutrition: 35kcal, 4g carbs, 0g sat fat.
Shred up some lettuce and top with chopped cucumber, tomato, onion and corn!
Nutrition: 17kcal, 3g carbs, 0g sat fat.
So there you have it, my healthy, clean eating, vegan burger meal!
Let me know if you recreate this recipe by taking a photo and tagging it #bigcitydreamerblog on instagram (@bigcitydreamerblog) so I can re-share it!
Do you enjoy Mcdonalds/ Burger King? Think you will try making this version?!