If you are a mom, you probably already know the importance of keeping your family’s teeth clean by brushing twice a day. However, you might not be aware that the food you cook can also impact your family’s dental health. Certain foods are better for your teeth than others. Here is a tooth friendly recipe you can add to your family’s meal plan. These black bean rice burgers are great tasting and can help keep your family’s smiles bright.
This meal comes together quickly, and is easy enough to make on a weeknight. Because brown rice is less processed, it is better for your teeth than white rice. White rice is higher in simple carbohydrates, and can stick to your teeth. This can lead to dental decay. This is why we recommend using brown rice in this recipe for rice burgers. You can cook the rice in advance to save even more time.
1⁄2 cup brown rice, uncooked.
1 can black beans (15 oz).
1 yellow onion
1 clove of garlic
1 cup corn
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄3 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄3 cup panko breadcrumbs
Olive oil for cooking
Cook your brown rice according to the package directions. While the rice cooks, dice your onion and garlic. Sauté the onion and garlic until soft, then add the corn and spices until heated through. Mash the black beans into a paste. Combine the beans, onion and corn mixture, egg, and panko style bread crumbs, mixing thoroughly. Form into six patties, and sauté in a skillet for 3-5 minutes per side or until the patties begin to turn brown. Serve with buns and your family’s favorite veggies.
Of course, while eating right can help keep your teeth healthy, you still need regular dental examinations. At Beecroft Orthodontics, you are more than a patient. You are family. Please contact Beecroft Orthodontics to schedule an appointment to discuss any of our treatments. We have offices located in Fredericksburg, North Stafford and King George, and we would love to welcome you.
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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 7: Black Bean Rice Burgers