These veggie burgers are crammed with fibre to keep you feeling full. The flavourful pesto also makes a great spread for sandwiches.
1 cup (250 mL) dried green or brown lentils
1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa
1 cup (250 mL) cilantro, packed
1/3 cup (80 mL) hempseeds
1/3 cup (80 mL) Parmesan cheese, grated
Juice of 1 lemon
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 cup (60 mL) hemp oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 Tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
1 tsp (5 mL) cumin powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup (80 mL) walnut pieces
1 Tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil, such as grapeseed oil
4 whole wheat pitas, sliced in half
2 cups (500 mL) arugula
1 cup (250 mL) roasted red peppers, sliced (use store-bought or roast your own; see below)
In medium saucepan, bring lentils and 2 1/2 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 35 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat and let cool.
In separate small saucepan, combine quinoa and 1 cup (250 mL) water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, in bowl of food processor pulse together cilantro, hempseeds, Parmesan, juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 garlic cloves, and salt. Scrape down sides of bowl. With the machine running, pour in hemp oil through the feed tube and process until mixture is well combined but still grainy. Remove pesto and clean food processor bowl.
Add half of lentils to food processor bowl along with quinoa, bread crumbs, egg, 2 garlic cloves, mustard, cumin, remaining lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Process until well combined, scraping down sides if needed. Add walnuts and remaining lentils; pulse or mix with fork until they are incorporated into the mixture. Form into 8 equal-sized burgers.
Heat vegetable oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook lentil burgers for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until browned. Spread hemp pesto on the inside bottom of pitas. Place burgers in pitas and top with arugula and roasted red pepper.
Each serving contains: 460 calories; 23 g protein; 20 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 52 g carbohydrates; 14 g fibre; 393 mg sodium
How to roast red peppers
Preheat broiler on low. Wash peppers and pat dry; place on metal baking sheet. Keep a close eye on peppers, turning several times to ensure even blistering. Make sure they don’t turn black! Remove from oven and place peppers in paper bag to cool. When cool, remove and discard skin, which should come off easily.
source: "Hooray for Hemp", alive #343, May 2011
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
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