Tag Archives: beans

Lentil Burgers and Oven Fries

7 Dec

I made Black Bean Burgers, but with lentils instead.

Yum : )


Philadelphia & Garlic Hummus

19 Nov

Sorry it has been so long since the last post..I’ve been super busy these past weeks due to an interview in Philadelphia and lots and lots of tests.

Rocky steps


Pat's King of Steaks...with cheez wiz

After eating weeks worth of junk I was craving homemade hummus:

With super amounts of yummy garlic.


chickpeas (about a cup)
1 heaping Tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
juice of 1 lemon
5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbsp water
extra virgin olive oil (can substitute canola)
1 tsp cumin

In a food processor, add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, cumin and some salt and pepper.

Add a drizzle of olive oil, and then process until mixed thoroughly.

While mixing, keep adding in the olive oil until the hummus becomes the right consistency.

Add more salt/pepper until the hummus becomes the right consistency and tastes perfect!


Kale, Lentil and Sausage Soup

14 Oct

Kale, Lentil and Sasuage Soup

 cooked lentils
breakfast sausage
tomato paste
chicken or vegetable broth
chopped onion
chopped celery
red pepper flakes
chili powder
bay leaves
salt and pepper
fresh, chopped garlic
fresh thyme
cream (optional)

In a large pot, cook the sausage.

When cooked through, drain off the excess fat and add in the onion and celery.

Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes.  Add in the garlic, thyme, chili powder, and red pepper flakes.

Mix in the tomato paste.

Next, add in the broth and bay leaves.

Add in the lentils (my lentils were already cooked and in the refrigerator, so I put 2/3 of them in a blender already then added them to the soup).

Season the soup with salt and pepper.

Simmer either until the lentils are cooked (about 40 minutes), or if already cooked, for about 20 minutes.

Mix some of the soup in a blender to thicken if you haven’t already.

Add in the kale, simmer 10 more minutes.

**If the soup still is not thick enough, you can add in some dehydrated potato flakes**

Serve with a little cream or some toasty bread.

Lentil Flatbread

12 Aug

Looking for a dinner that is cheap, vegetarian/vegan, healthy, but also filling?  And cheap?  And did I mention healthy?

This was so good I could have eaten the whole pot of lentils myself.  But I didn’t.  Because I’m pretty sure that arriving at the place I volunteer at with red sauce all over my shirt and face would look a bit suspicious.

For the flatbread:

Use the dough recipe for Toasty Crackers, but add some chopped onion and garlic and knead to incorporate thoroughly.  Then roll it out and grill in a grill pan.

For the lentils:

I didn’t measure out the ingredients but they are pretty easy to throw together just by eyeballing it:

lentils, cooked and drained
can of crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce
chopped garlic
chopped onion
salt and pepper
chili powder
Tablespoon of sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese, or cream to add creaminess (optional)

In a large pot, saute the onions and garlic.

Add in the lentils and tomatoes/sauce.

Add the spices.

Let simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes (while flatbread is grilling).

When ready, remove from heat and stir in cream/cheese/yogurt.

Spread lentil mixture on flatbread, top with chopped onion and a little sour cream (optional).

Devour (and don’t feel bad about it).

Mom’s Chili

10 Jul

I don’t eat meat often but when I do, it has to be good.  And this is gooood.

My mom would make this chili when I was younger.  Back then I hated vegetables, and would always pick out the green peppers.  One time she made it without the peppers, and it just wasn’t the same.  That was the beginning of my appreciation for vegetables as a kid.

This recipe is a modification of my mom’s recipe, in that I added corn and extra chili powder.

Mom's Chili

**Makes 4-5 servings**

1/2 lb lean ground beef or turkey
24 oz jar of tomato sauce (any flavor… I like the Barilla sweet pepper tomato sauce)
1/2 of an onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1large clove of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chili powder, plus another 2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp jalapeno powder (or cayenne)
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp salt

For garnish:  sour cream, chopped onion, cheese

In a pan, saute the onion and pepper until translucent (about 2 minutes).

Remove and transfer to the crock pot.

In the same pan, cook the meat until browned.  Liberally apply 2 Tbsp chili powder, salt, and jalapeno or cayenne powder.

Transfer (using a slotted spoon) to the crock pot.

Add in the corn kernels and minced garlic.

Add in the remaining 2 Tbsp chili powder, 1 Tbsp cumin and 1 Tbsp smoked paprika.

Stir together all ingredients.

Add in the tomato sauce and stir thoroughly again.

Cook in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3.

Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

7 Jul

These are so, so good.  Like, “even though I’m not a vegetarian I’d rather have these than regular burgers”  kind of good.

I eat mine on a toasted hamburger bun with coleslaw on the bottom, melted cheese on top, and with onions, ketchup and mayo.  I could barely contain myself long enough to take a photo.

Vegetarian Black Bean Burger

This recipe is vegetarian but can me made vegan.  Just leave out the egg (or use substitute).  The recipe will work without egg, it just helps as a binder.

Recipe adapted from Mango Power Girl.

**Makes about 6 burgers**

1 can of  black beans, rinsed and drained
1  1/2 cups finely diced zucchini
1 medium potato, peeled, boiled & chopped
1/2  large onion, finely diced
1 egg (optional, but helps hold the burger together)
2 Tbsp garlic powder or 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
1 tsp cumin
1  1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp jalepeno powder or cayenne powder
1/4 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper
buns and burger toppings

Boil the potato until soft enough to mash.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

While the potato is still boiling, heat a skillet with a little bit of oil and saute the onion and garlic powder, until translucent.

Add in the zucchini and cook until the water evaporates, or about 6-7 minutes.

When potatoes are done, drain and let cool in the colander.

To the zucchini and onions, add the black beans, salt to taste, chili powder, jalepeno powder (or cayenne) and cumin.

Note:  do not skimp on the seasonings.  They are what make this burger great!

Remove from the heat and mash the bean/onion/zucchini mixture.  Mash it well.

Then, add in the potatoes and mash those into the bean mixture.

When everything is mashed, stir in the breadcrumbs and egg.

Form burgers and place on a sprayed oven sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, until crisp on the outside.

Note:  Right after removing them from the oven I placed a slice of cheese on the burger and covered with a pot to let the cheese melt.  Sooo good!

Pita Appetizers

5 Jul

Pita chips are easy to make, and I thought that this idea was cute for a party appetizer:

Pita appetizers

To make the pita chips, I baked pre-made pita bread (cut into triangles) in a 350 degree oven for exactly 10 minutes.  Before placing them in the oven I brushed some olive oil on them and topped with salt.

To turn them into appetizers I just spread some Sabra hummus (roasted garlic :D) on them, and sprinkled with chopped scallions.  Kind of like a pizza sprinkled with cheese.  Or a cookie sprinkled with sprinkles.  Only more triangular.