Friday, April 24, 2009

Lentil lunch recipe

Homemade Lentil Burgers: Lunch experiment for April 7, 2009.
Enjoy this recipe, tweak it, experiment...I thought it was a nice alternative to a black bean burger.

bell pepper-1/4 cup finely chopped

onion-1/4 cup finely chopped

carrot-1/2 grated

zucchini- 1 grated

garlic- 1 clove minced

lentils-about 1 cup cooked


whole wheat flour (enough to bind, not wet, but sticky burgers)

seasoning salt-pinch

pepper-4/5 grinds

paprika- ½ t

cumin-1/2 t


thyme- pinch


lemon juice- ½ lemon

salt to taste


Combine all ingredients, except egg, taste for seasoning. Add more or less of any veggies and spices as desired.

Add egg, then more flour if necessary to reduce wetness of mixture and bind.

Form into medium sized patties-I found the best way was to form into a ball, like a large meatball, then press lightly on the plate to form a round patty.

Refrigerate for later or Heat nonstick skillet with olive oil spray to medium.

Cook 2 at a time in small skillet, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on first side, then flip, cook 4 or more minutes to desired color-brownish gold and hot.

Spread with tomato chutney or other salsa and add slice of buffalo mozzarella (this can be done while cooking to melt cheese). Eat on a bun or toast with desired accoutrements or alone with a side salad.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sippin' Strawberries in Seattle

Back to Seattle and back to homemade food. 
I recently made a delicious beverage/ snack that I believe is one of the best fruit smoothies I've ever made (maybe even ever had). Cold, smooth, creamy, just sweet enough, and with a nice tang, due to lime that just makes all the flavors pop. 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie:
5 FROZEN Strawberries (frozen= key to a cold, non icy/watery smoothie)
1/2 banana, sliced
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 Tablespoons plain yogurt (make these generous scoops, not leveled Tablespoons)
splash of Skim Milk
About 1 teaspoon, or just a drizzle of honey

Pulse in the blender a few times, then puree for approximately 15 or so seconds until drinkable. DON'T ADD ICE OR'll just be watery. 
This makes 1 large or 2 small smoothie servings.
Keep in mind, if you use a flavored yogurt, you should probably omit the honey, but that could be delicious too.