Do you ever find yourself in the middle of cooking a meal, and you get that bad feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you it is going to be a disaster? If you a food blogger, it may be that your food is just not looking very appealing, or your set up is not right? If you are cooking a meal for eating (after all, isn’t that what food is for? :P), something is off, and the frustration starts to build as you prepare for the disappointment of a cooking fail?
Well, last week, I thought I was preparing one of those meals. I have screwed up vegetable burgers every time I have made them in the past, which made the feeling even stronger. However, my knight in shining armor set the plates and table, so it was ready when they were, which meant I could focus on actually cooking. Somehow, it all went to plan, and not only did the photo turn out better than expected, but they tasted really good too!
These veggie burgers are packed with protein and fiber, to assist with muscle repair, and promote a healthy digestive system. You can easily switch out other vegetables (sweet peppers and olives are Steves favorite) , and the feta is the perfect cheese to go with the sweet potato and lentils. I had a fear of lentils until a few years ago, but after enjoying these burgers I think I have overcome my dislike for them, as they were even flavorful enough not to need any sauce!
Here is to another Marvelous Meatless Monday! What recipes will you bring us this week? If you are not a blogger, I would love to hear how you have incorporated Meatless Monday into your life! Check out my lovely cohost Confessions of a Mother Runner on your way to your Meatless Day…..that rhymed, so you have to give me some kudos for that 😉
Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Burgers
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
½ cup lentils (or bean mix)
1 large sweet potato cut into large cubes (around 1 cup)
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
½ tsp salt, divided
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp cumin
2 tbsp fresh parsley
¼ cup feta, crumbled
¼ cup sweet pepper (or bell pepper), diced small
¼ cup green olives, diced to very small pieces
2 tbsp oil
Boil two small saucepans of water. Add the lentils to one, and the sweet potato with ¼ tsp salt in the other. Once the pan with the lentils goes back to a boil, turn heat down to low, and cook, covered for 25minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to cool. Meanwhile cook the sweet potato over a medium heat until very tender, drain, and mash with a potato masher. Stir in half the feta cheese so it melts into the potato.
Mash the lentils, and add to the sweet potato.
In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together along with the lentils and sweet potato. Stir until well combined. Shape into four patties, being careful not to break them.
Heat 1 tbsp oil over a high heat in a large frying pan (or pancake pan). Add the four veggie burgers to the pan, and cook for 1 minute. Turn the heat down to low, and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour the remaining 1 tbsp oil onto the side of the pan, turn the heat back up to high and flip the burgers. Tilt the pan to move the oil into the underside of the burgers. Cook for 1 minute over the high heat, before turning down to low again. Cover with another pan/lid to allow the insides to cook for another 5 minutes.
Carefully remove from the pan, and serve.
271 calories, 12g fat, 514mg sodium,29g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 3g sugar, 11mg cholesterol, 11g protein
What is a meal/recipe that you just cannot seem to get right? Have you ever made vegetable burgers, what did you use?