On my bike ride home I like to begin forming the dinner plan in my head. Usually, I hit a burst of inspiration, but tonight all I could think about was what we didn’t have at home: milk, eggs, fish. That’s how the light bulb went off! I used to be a vegan for crying out loud! It was a year long experiment with some “bites” of baked goods here and there that were oozing with butter. Though I was vegetarian for nearly 6 years, which by default means you end up eating a lot of vegan food. This brief reflection was what gave birth to this patty, an inspiration from Moosewood’s “Lentil-Walnut Burger.”

Tuck into a ziplock to keep away freezer burn.
Tuck into a ziplock to keep away freezer burn.
Wrap individually in plastic.
Wrap individually in plastic.
I know, the beets give it a remarkable "ground beef" look. Hm.
I know, the beets give it a remarkable “ground beef” look. Hm.
Topped with smoked provolone, served on a honey-onion roll with mixed greens.
Topped with smoked provolone, served on a honey-onion roll with mixed greens.

 

Lentil-Shitake (Vegan) Burgers, or Add Cheese!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shitake mushrooms, I buy them dried and soak for 25 minutes. Drain and mince.
  • 1 cup shredded beets
  • 1 small onion, minced, or 3/4 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Rinse the lentils and in a small saucepan bring to a boil with two cups of water. When they are cooked, mash with vinegar, olive oil and spices. Add olive oil to improve consistency as needed. Think mushy peas or a puree.
  3. In a separate pan, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil. When translucent, add beets and shitake mushrooms. Saute for about 10 minutes and remove from heat. Add to lentils and mix together.
  4. Form patties. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary and thyme. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and continue for 10 more minutes or until both sides are browned. Or, for a crispier, likely tastier, and more in tact patty, fry!
  5. Freeze the leftovers for a lazy night!
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