Monday, March 03, 2008

Easy Lunches | Lentil Burgers

Lentil Burgers are one of my very favorite things to make. You can put all kinds of different veggies in them, and skip the icky non-exciting celery for more interesting and tasty veggies. I first found them in my favorite veggie cook book - pg 368. Tonights recipe was sun-dried tomatoes and jalapeƱos. Great for batch cooking at the beginning of the week for easy lunches and quick dinners. They also travel great since there is no liquid, unless you're like me and can't live without the barbecue sauce. Mine also must include cheese (white sharp cheddar in picture) and yummy bread. But the real best thing is each patty has less then 200 calories!!! I make each patty twice the size as the recipe, but the recipe is for kids so i gottsa ta grow it up ; ) Super yummy with Strawberry Lemonade. Mmmmm...

I usually omit the celery and add bell peppers or more onions, jalapeƱos, sun-dried tomatoes, etc. Something that has a kick and a yummy taste. Just stay away from runny veggies like fire roaster green chilies or tomatoes. They have too much pater and are better as a topping then inside the mix. ***Tip: do not let the lentils loose ALL of their water while boiling. If you find when you start to mix all of the ingredients, too much of the water has left the lentils...just add a small amount of water (usually in tablespoon amounts) to the mixture and mix in. The mixture should be pretty dry so you will need to try forming the patties to get a feel for how much you might need to add. Perfect lentils = no additional water needed.***

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