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Kick-start your fitness plan this week with some spicy chickpea burgers

Here’s a meal idea to help get your plans back on track tonight.

IT’S THE START of another week. And after the weekend you’ve had you swear that, this time, it’s going to be different. You’re going to cleanse your system, drop pounds, run faster, lift heavier and it all starts with chickpea burgers.

A very quick and easy recipe that would be great for either lunch in a pitta or as dinner with a salad.


• Prep Time: 15 minutes

• Cooking Time: 10 minutes

• Serves: 2


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Dried oregano – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Jalapenos – 1 half jar
  • A tin of chickpeas
  • One tomato 
  • Three onions 
  • One red pepper
  • 1/4 cup of chopped coriander
  • 1/3 cup of porridge oats

Now, get cookin’

In frying pan, heat a teaspoon of oil over medium heat and cook onions, garlic, oregano and chilli powder. Stir for two minutes.

Add the red pepper, jalapenos and tomato and stir all together until pepper is tender and liquid is evaporated (around three minutes should do).

Put the mixture into a food processor, pour in the drained chick peas and mix. Move the mixture into a bowl and stir in the porridge oats, coriander, and salt and pepper to taste. Once you’ve got a good even consistency press the contents into four patties.

Now, back to the frying pan and put your four burger patties onto the heated oiled pan  and cook them for about four minutes on each side or until heated through.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a big bowl of broccoli and peas with a little drizzle of soy sauce or with a side salad.

Recipe courtesy of Jessice Cooke, visit for more great advice on getting / staying fit.

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