Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lentil Burgers

I made these the other day and they were delicious! Better then any other veggie burger we have ever had! I love that because I made my own buns and burgers I could make them any size I wanted. Not to big not to small just perfect for our family plus I now have 2 more dinners in the freezer.

Lentil Burgers
½ cup barley
1 ½ cups water
1 cup lentils
2 ½ cups water

½ cup walnuts
2tbs olive oil
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
2 carrots
2 tbs all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp spices
½ tsp salt

Boil water in two medium size pans. Add barley and lentils to the pans, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 min or until most to all of the water is gone. Mix the lentils and the barley together.

While the lentils and barley are cooking finely grind the walnuts using and food processor. Place the walnuts in a large bowl and set aside. Finely chop and sauté vegetables in the olive oil. Add the veggies to the bowl along with the flour, spices, barley and lentils. Mix and mash together until it forms a moist mixture that holds together but is not runny. If needed add more flour or veggie broth/water. Form mixture into patties. Freeze and store or Bake at 400° for 20-30 min.
Serve on Hamburger Buns with
Cheese slices, lettuce, spinach, tomato slices, onion, avocado, mayo, ketchup, relish. Whatever you like on your burger!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bean Loaf Cupcakes

We have been enjoying this recipe for many months but just recently I decided to try baking it in the silicone cupcake holders I have. It worked perfectly to create little individual servings. I then cooked and pureed sweet potatoes to add as the "frosting" on the cakes.

Bean Loaf

1/2 cup seeds/nuts
2 tbs olive oil
One onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 bell pepper cut into small pieces
2 cups cooked beans (we use black beans)
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup dry whole wheat bread crumbs
3 tbs ap flour
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup veggie broth, as needed

Preheat the oven to 350º. Set out 12 cupcake holders or spray a loaf pan or 8x8 square baking pan with cooking oil and set aside. Grind seeds in a food processor and put in a large bowl. Sauté the onion, garlic, and vegetables in the olive oil until soft. Add to the large mixing bowl along with all the remaining ingredients except the veggie broth. Mix and mash together well, adding only as much veggie broth as needed to create a soft, moist loaf that holds together and is not runny. Add more bread crumbs as needed if the loaf seems too wet. Press mixture into the prepared pan, or cups and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through and the top is crispy. Let cool in the pan for 10 to 15. Top with pureed sweet potatoes. Serve warm with a small amount of ketchup if desired.

The bean loaf can also be frozen after cooking and reheated in a 350º.

Pureed Sweet Potatoes
Wash, peel, and chop sweet potatoes. I usually do 2-3 at a time. Place in a large sauce pan along filled with just enough water to cover the potatoes and 1 tsp lemon juice. Place on stove and bring to a boil. Reduce heat cover and continue to cook for about 20-30 min until the potatoes can easily be punctured with a fork. Puree in a blender or with a hand blender in the pot.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

French Bread

I use this bread a lot for grilled sandwiches, garlic bread, and for fondue.

French bread
(1 lbs loaf)
¾ cup + 2 tbs warm water
1 ½ tsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
½ tsp dried herbs
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 c wheat flour
1 c ap flour
4 tsp vital wheat gluten
1 ½ tsp active dry yeast

Place ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed. Set the machine on the french loaf cycle with light crust.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tomato Soup

I know the weather is warming up but I just finished making a wonderful homemade tomato soup. This is just delicious with a grilled cheese sandwich made on fresh french bread. I added left over cooked sweet potato we had in the fridge. A regular potato would be good as well.

Tomato Soup
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 ½ cups veggie broth
1 tbs basil
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk

Chop all veggies. Heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add all chopped vegetables and sauté until onion is soft and translucent. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes, broth, and spices Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Mix in the milk and puree the soup to your desired consistency. Remove from heat and serve.