Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wild Rice and Mushroom Lentil Burgers

The simplicity and flavor of this simple little wild rice and lentil burgers is really amazing. How can with only a few simple ingredients you can make a big batch of goodness with such simple and wonderful flavors be so filling?  I love that this recipe is cost efficient and can be made in a batch and savored for many weeks to come from the freezer. Truly a recipe to give a try and see what you think. 
Sometimes the vegan and vegeatrian option look a bit plain, and this might look a bit plain even from the pictures. But somehow with a little healthier condiments, herbs and deep rich earthy flavors you can come up and truly enjoy the option whether you are a meat eater or not. This is not a meal in place of a beef burger- this is a burger of it's own style and flair. It truly cannot be compared because it is a fulfilling nourishing option just as it's own self. It begs to be accepted for just as it is and not to be fit into some meat comparison box. I hope you give it a try- why not, right?!? I know you will be wonderfully surprised and delighted :)
Wild Rice and Mushroom Lentil Burger Recipe
gluten, dairy, egg, soy, seed, nut and sugar-free, vegan

1 cup of chopped small portabella mushrooms
4 cloves garlic finely grated or minced
1 TB of olive oil
pinch of sea salt
pinch of black pepper
1 cup of dry wild rice
2 cups of pure water

In a small pan, saute the garlic and muchrooms in the oil with some salt and pepper until they are soft and then add in the dry wild rice and saute that together dry for 3-4 minutes and then add in the water and bring to a boil and turn down the heat to low and cook until the water is gone and because this is wild rice- it will take a bit longer- about 20-25 minutes. Once the water is gone, turn of the heat completely and cover and let it sit and cool for this is the last stage of cooking the rice and getting it soft.

At the same time the rice is cooking you can be cooking the lentils....

1 TB of olive oil
3-4 garlic cloves finely grated or minced
1 medium (about 1/2-2/3 cup) of finely chopped sweet yellow onion
2 cups of washed (or prevoously soaked) green lentils
1 ts. of sea salt
1/2 ts. of black pepper
4 cups of water

In a medium pot, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft, then add in the lentils without the water and saute for a few minutes to gain the oil and flavors. Then add in the water and cover and let cook on the medium heat. Cook on medium to low heat for 45-50 minutes until the lentils are more than cooked, but they start to get soft and mushy. Keep stirring and making sure they are able to be moved well- If you have a large ladel or spoon you can mush in the pot and try and get the lentils to be half mushed up and half whole. This isn't really important, but you for sure want your lentil mixture more mushy than hard. Then let cool for a few minutes so you can mix with the wild rice.

In a large mixing bowl add...

the cooked wild rice mushroom mixture
the cooked mushy lentils
1/2 cup of organic ketchup (or you can use crushed canned or even fresh tomatoes or tomato paste to avoid sugars)
2 TB of coconut aminoes, you you can use wheat-free tamari sauce too
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 TB of dried Italian herb blend (rosemary, thyme, oregano, marjoram)
1 ts. of dried basil leaves
optional: if you want to use fresh herbs, use 1/2 of the dry herbs amount and add in a handful of fresh basil or other available fresh herbs
Mix all together and let sit and cool and you can form a handful (3/4-1 cup amount) of the mixture and form it into a patty to place on a parchment papered baking sheet. This amount will and should make 12 burger patties, you you can make 1 giant lentil loaf, or 2 smaller lentil loafs too by putting parchment paper in a loaf pan and pouring the mixture into the pan. You can brush or drizzle a little extra organic ketchup on top of the patties or loaf for a little extra flavor and good looks. 
Then bake the patties in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes until crispy on the edges and still soft in the middle. The loaf can be baked for 1 hour if it is one large loaf, and about 45 minutes for 2 smaller loaves. 

Serve with a salad or side of veggies. The burger is pretty simple so that you can add a variety of side or sauted veggies to the serve with. This is a great recipe to make ahead of time and freeze the patties to warm up later for summer-time cook outs, or for a vegetarian otpion alongside other meals. 

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