A girl can only eat so much chicken.
I mean really, now that John and I are eating dinners at home, I think I've really over done it on the baked chicken. To switch things up, I started looking for a new dinner recipe (since I have about 4 recipes that I rotate every week...), and meat just didn't seem appetizing.
I started looking for a good meat-free dinner option that would still be full of protein
...and then, I found these quinoa and lentil patties!
Mind you, these are actually called "quinoa and lentil burgers", but as soon as the word "burger" was put into play, John couldn't move past the fact that these weren't "real" burgers. So, in order to get him to eat it, I had to rename them to "patties" as to not appear as though I was attempting to simulate an actual burger patty (veggie burger).
These bad boys have tons of flavor, and I was honestly shocked at how much I (and John!) enjoyed them! They aren't super pretty, but just give them a shot, and I promise you will be impressed!
Simply combine the following ingredients in a bowl and mix!
- 1 cup of cooked quinoa
- 1 cup of cooked lentils
- 1/3 cup of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup of sauteed onions
- 1/4 cup of flower
- 1 4oz can of green chiles
- 2 tsps of cornstarch
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp of cumin
- 1 tbs of olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
Using the mixture, form 4 equal size patties; make sure they are pressed together well so that they don't fall apart when cooking.
They may seem a bit dry, but don't add any additional liquid - just go with it... they will be perfect!
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet, and cook each patty until brown on both sides (about 8 minutes total).
Clearly, I didn't choose the best side to photograph... don't you hate that?!!
And of course they are completely eaten before I realize that I should take a different photo.
They look a little crispy, but let me tell you, they were quite tasty!
Serve the burgers with a honey dijon mustard.
Combine 2 tbs of dijon mustard with 3 tsp of honey.
It is so tasty... like, "spread this on everything I can think of" kind of tasty!
Serve on a burger bun, or if you're like me, with a bed of greens!
This recipe is such a great switch-up from our normal meals.
I'm sure John wouldn't go for them every night (the man loves his meat),
but they are a great compromise for when we are craving something a little different!