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Lentil Patties with Winter Vegetable Medley Recipe

This is one of those rare dishes where I don't miss eating meat. I used store-bought steamed black lentils and made little croquettes using leftover taro brioche I bought at the Asian market. After a brief pan-fry, I tossed them in a medley of winter vegetables. I tried to balance the mild sweetness from the brioche and caramelized onions with the earthy, savory flavors of the mashed lentils and grated Romano cheese. To complete the meal, I added Brussels sprouts, yellow bell peppers, asparagus and mushrooms, and a touch of Meyer lemon zest for a little brightness.

When I got married, I thought I was going to convert my husband Lulu and introduce meat and fish to his diet. Alas, it turned out slightly differently (by that I mean the exact opposite), since I have significantly reduced my consumption of meat and seafoodWith dishes like this, I find I don’t miss meat as much as I thought I would.

 

 


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Pasta Patty Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Pasta Patty Appetizer Recipe

10.11.11 by Jackie

Making pasta patties is my way of using left-over pasta. I made a very simple pasta dish mixing pre-cooked elbow macaroni, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and eggs. I wanted to create a nice contrast of texture, so I breaded the pasta patties using panko bread crumbs from Asian Food Grocer and gave them a quick pan fry.

I served the crunchy patties with tomato sauce and a light green salad. This is a great light meal for lunch, and can be put together very quickly if you have leftover cooked pasta on hand.


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Lentil Patties in Lavash Wrap (+ Giveaway) Recipe

Getting creative with sandwiches usually means changing the combination of meats, cheeses, veggies or sauces used. Another way to go is to use a different kind of bread. I’ve tried making sandwiches with naans in the past, and they turned out fabulously. So when our friend Lilea from California Lavash sent us packages of soft, thin, out-of-this-world lavash bread, I decided to make sandwich wraps with it. Fresh lavash bread is flexible and doesn’t tear so I tightly rolled up each lavash around the filling into a cone, folded the bottom and secured the wrap into a small glass cup.

For the filling, I used left-over mashed potato curry, tomatoes, lentil patties (for a vegetarian version), blue cheese, yogurt sauce and alfalfa sprouts for freshness. If you want to serve the same treats for your family, Pham Fatale and California Lavash have put together a giveaway this week. Just click the "like" button below and you’re entered in the contest! At the end of the week, we’ll pick three winners at random who will win two bags of whole wheat, original, spinach and pizza lavash. And check back again this week to see what else I do with lavash. Good Luck!

Lavash Bread Recipe with Picture


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Quinoa Patties (Galette de Quinoa Recipe) Recipe

Quinoa is my go-to ingredient whenever I'm preparing a light, gluten free recipe. I've used it in the past in side dishes and appetizers. I've always wanted to use quinoa to make a vegetarian main course, and today I think I've accomplished that.

I created little patties flavored with carrots, crimini mushrooms, eggplant and blue cheese. I bound them using a combination of lecithin and xanthan gum. You could always use eggs instead.  Making quinoa patties is simple. The filling should be moist and the outer part of the bite should have a crisp crunch. And after a healthy, light dish like this one, you can splurge on a decadent dessert. At least, that's what I tell myself!


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Black Bean Burger (Homemade Veggie Burger Recipe) Recipe

Have you started preparing your 4th of July menu? I always plan ahead, because along with ribs, burgers and hot dogs, I have come up with a vegetarian option as well. As always, there's going to be a platter of grilled vegetables, corn on the cob and fire-roasted sweet potatoes but I still wanted to make a "main course" worthy vegetarian dish that's substantial and filling.

After polling the herbivores in my house, I settled on black bean burgers. They're just seasoned, mashed black beans bound together with lecithin and xanthan gum. You could always use an egg instead if there are no dietary restrictions or allergies to contend with. A couple of minutes on the grill and they're good to go. You could also opt for other legumes such as pinto beans, chickpeas, kidney beans or fava beans.

I'll probably grill the veggie burgers first, then cook the regular meat burgers and let each guest assemble their sandwich with tomato slices, greens and onions. What could be better on Independence Day than a little freedom?


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