Welcome to my first ever meatless Monday blog post. I’ve decided to trim the food budget a little bit and decided what better way to save some cash but still have a good source of protein. Experiment with beans, peas and lentils of course. I’m going to tell you right away I am not a fan of tofu so unless my tastebuds change dramatically there will probably never be a tofu recipe on this blog. And this is just my personal choice you don’t have to agree with me but I just can’t stand the stuff.
I decided to try this split pea burger recipe first because I want the kids to get use to the taste of peas, beans and lentils before I try making them a soup out of it which tends to have a more mushy texture. I will be trying some hummus recipes but thats different for them. Any ways here’s some pictures and what we thought of this recipe and the recipe of course.
Yellow Split pea burgers
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
3 cups vegetable broth or whatever you have on hand
1 cup dry split peas rinsed ( i used the yellow ones)
1/2 cup dry brown rice* rinsed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs,
1/4 cup bread crumbs for coating
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper . Sweat for 5 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add the garlic and mushrooms and continue to cook for about 4 minutes.
Add the broth, peas, rice, coriander and cumin. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Decrease heat to low, cover and cook at a simmer until peas and rice are cooked.
Remove from the heat and gently pour the mixture into the bowl of a food processor and process until just combined. If you over process it you won’t be able to make the patties and will be left with a bowl of much. Put this mixture into a bowl and stir in 3/4 cup of bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Shape the mixture into patties and cover each side in the remaining 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Don’t crowd your pan cook 2-3 patties approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately.
Here’s where it gets fun. Yes it a burger recipe but you don’t have to serve it on buns. You can serve it in a wrap with some Tzatziki. You can serve them on a salad. you can make some cloud bread and serve it on that. You can make a lettuce wrap with it really the possibilities are endless.
*ok so a little tip about rice. If you rinse your rice before cooking it it doesn’t get that mushy texture. I use to think that I would never be able to cook a proper pot of rice since it either came out too mushy or not cooked. A friend of mine told me to rinse the rice before cooking it and I would never have that issue again and I haven’t. Just make sure you have a fine mesh strainer so the grains or rice don’t end up everywhere.
Overall I think it was a simple recipe. You do have to have some time set aside since the peas and rice cook for about an hour and then you need to refrigerate for 30 minutes but it’s worth it. I loved the burgers and so did my youngest son and husband. The older two didn’t like the texture since it can be a little mushy so I will have to work on it for them.