One of the hardest things about joining Weight Watchers, I thought, would be cutting red meat out of my diet. I’d much rather spend my points on dessert than a burger or chicken leg. However, one thing I wouldn’t toss away are mushroom and swiss burgers. I’ve always loved them.
I can still have a mushroom and swiss burger with real meat and be totally fine. That’s what weight watchers is for! 🙂 But after a weekend getaway of indulging in more red meat than I would have liked, I made a delicious version of a mushroom and swiss, vegetarian style. The base of the “burger” is tricolor quinoa (great protein source!). It’s nothing crazy. I see quinoa burgers everywhere nowadays. So why not make some of your own at home? It’s super easy, tasty, and quick to throw together.
mushroom & swiss quinoa burgers:
Yeilds 6 burgers
Serving Size: 1 burger (no bun)
Points Per Serving: 3pp
1C quinoa, uncooked
2T worcestershire sauce
4oz mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, diced
3 laughing cow light swiss wedges
s&p to taste
⋅In a medium sauce pan, cook the quinoa: →add quinoa to water and worcestershire sauce (gives it a great “burger” flavor!). Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 10-15min. Fluff with a fork 🙂
⋅While the quinoa cooks, spray a skillet with non-stick spray and cook onion until translucent (about 4-5min), then add mushrooms. Cook for an additional 5 min or until mushrooms are soft. S&P to taste. Set aside.
⋅When quinoa is finished, add quinoa to skillet with the mushrooms and onions. Add in the laughing cow light swiss wedges and stir until incorporated. (This may take a minute)
⋅Let the yumminess cool slightly.
⋅When cool enough to handle, form about 4oz into a burger shape. Repeat with the other 5.