This recipe turns powerhouse lentils into a healthy spin on burgers. Golden, crispy baked fries require very little oil but still don't stick to the parchment paper–lined pan—they are the tastiest good-for-you fries you'll ever enjoy. Thick Greek yogurt and fresh garlic on top of the patty give it a creamy kick, and a simple fresh salsa is the only condiment you'll need.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2014
1 1/4 cup
dried green lentils
whole grain 20-minute
(such as Uncle Ben
extra-virgin olive oil
cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch (5 mm) wide sticks
Per serving: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate62 g
In large saucepan, combine lentils, broth and brown rice; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tsp of the oil over medium-high heat; saute mushrooms until golden, about 7 minutes. Add two-thirds of the garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add to lentil mixture; let cool.
Using potato masher or large spoon, mash lentil mixture until most of the lentils are smooth with a few still intact. Mix in eggs; shape by about 3/4 cup into six 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) thick patties.
Meanwhile, toss together potatoes, 2 tsp of the remaining oil and chili powder; arrange on two parchment paper–lined large rimmed baking sheets. Bake in 450F (230C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until golden and crisp, about 45 minutes.
In small bowl, stir yogurt with half of the remaining garlic. In separate small bowl, stir together grape tomatoes, shallot, 2 tsp of the remaining oil, remaining garlic and basil; set aside.
In large nonstick skillet, heat 1-1/2 tsp of the remaining oil over medium-low heat; fry half of the patties, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and patties. Serve patties topped with yogurt mixture and salsa, alongside fries.
Quinoa—everyone's favourite superfood—and beans are two pantry staples that pair up to make a fantastic meat alternative any night of the week. Kale is full of vitamin K, which promotes bone health, and vision-sharpening vitamin A. Serve this as a main dish for four or as a side dish for six.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
rinsed and drained
and ground cumin
thinly sliced stemmed
sweet red pepper
organic vegetable broth
(such as Campbell's)
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate57 g
In saucepan, bring 2 cups water to boil. Add quinoa; cover, reduce heat and simmer until no liquid remains and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Transfer to platter; keep warm.
Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, coriander and cumin, stirring, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes.
Add kale, red pepper, chickpeas, broth, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, just until kale is wilted and red pepper is tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.
The rich caramel flavour of buttery baked pecans makes these blondies, the brownie's light-coloured cousin, purely irresistible. Be sure to stir the pecans while they're still warm so they don't harden into one big piece.
Butter Pecans: In bowl, stir together pecans, brown sugar and butter; spread on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 375?F (190?C) oven until browned and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Stir gently while still warm; set aside to cool. Break up any pieces that stick together.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Fold in pecans. Scrape into parchment paper– lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan, smoothing top. Bake in 325?F (160?C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs clinging, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing: In large bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in icing sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Spread over blondies; let stand at room temperature until set, about 30 minutes. Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares. (Makeahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.)