I haven't been able to post like I'd like to. We found out early last week that Seth's aunt passed away so we literally hopped in the car and drove to fridged Ohio! It was so cold and snowy the whole time we were there. The temp was in the negatives. I'm so happy to be home to say the least. Anyway, I do have some posts that I will post when I get the chance. I've got A LOT of work at school to get caught up on but here are some recipes to tide you over in the mean time!
This simple vegetarian chili recipe uses lentils instead of beans. Brown lentils work best as they will hold their shape even when tender after cooking. Serve with our Health Starts Here hearth bread from our bakery.
8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 teaspoons salt-free chili powder 1 (16-ounce) package brown lentils (about 2 1/4 cups lentils) 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Bring 3/4 cup broth to a simmer in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook about 8 minutes or until onion is translucent and pepper is tender. Stir in chili powder and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add lentils, tomatoes and remaining 7 1/4 cups broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, 30 minutes or until lentils are almost tender. Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer. Stir in cilantro and serve.
Per serving : 120 calories (5 from fat), 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 21g total carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 6g protein
Black Bean Burgers
These easy-to-assemble burgers can be shaped ahead of time and cooked off when you’re ready to eat.
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained 1 egg 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granules Salt and pepper to taste Hot sauce to taste 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive or canola oil 6 whole wheat hamburger buns 6 green leaf lettuce leaves 2 tomatoes, sliced 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
Put beans in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg, yellow onion, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix well to combine then shape into 6 patties. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Arrange patties in a single layer (working in batches, if needed) and cook, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to buns, top with lettuce, tomatoes and red onions and serve.
Per serving (about 8oz/222g-wt.): 290 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 47g total carbohydrate (10g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 12g protein