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Homemade lentil and sweet potato burgers

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SERVES: 6


INGREDIENTS:


• 1 cup regular green (or brown) lentils
• 2 1/4 cups water
• 1/2 cup oatmeal, cooked according to directions
• 1/4 cup finely diced onion
• 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
• 1 cup peeled, 1/2-inch diced sweet potato
• 2 Tbs olive oil
• 1 tsp dried dill (optional)
• approx. 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (see hints below)
• 6 whole wheat burger rolls


PROCEDURE:


Add one cup of regular green lentils to a pot with 2 1/4 cups water, bring it up to a simmer and then cook it along at a gentle simmer with a lid on top. They'll take 30 - 40 minutes to cook.

At the same time, cook 1/2 cup quick cooking or regular oatmeal according to directions.

While that's happening, finely dice 1/4 cup onion, finely mince 1 small clove of garlic and peel and cut 1 cup of sweet potato into 1/2-inch dice.

When the oatmeal is done, take it off of the heat and let it cool down and add another pan to the stove, add a splash of olive oil and saute the onion, garlic and sweet potato to soften.

It's not necessary but you can add a tsp of dried dill to that as well.

Add a little more oil to the pan if you need to and, once the sweet potato and onions are nice and soft, turn the heat off on that.

Once the lentils are nice and soft, drain them really well and then add them to a large mixing bowl with the oatmeal and sweet potatoes and use a potato masher to mash them together.

Let it cool down for 5-10 minutes and season it to taste if you like, and then sprinkle in some whole wheat bread crumbs, a little at a time, until they give it a consistency that is easy to shape into patties, about 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs should do.

All that is left is to brown them up in a large nonstick pan in olive oil and then serve them up on whole wheat buns.


HINTS:


Serve with lettuce and tomato if you like. Use regular breadcrumbs if you like.
Because this is a "healthy at home segment" I am serving them without a sauce but they're are quite delicious with a Russian dressing or a simple combination of mayonnaise and ketchup.

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