Saturday, January 9, 2010

Chickpea Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Surprisingly good! Start the potatoes first and work on the burgers while they're cooking.

Burger Ingredients:
2 tsp oil
1/3 c. finely chopped raw onion
1 tsp mixed dried herbs
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/3c. finely chopped raw peppers (I used a little of green, yellow, and orange bells)
1 c. canned chickpeas (garbanzo)
3/4 c. cooked soya (soy) beans (I used canned black beans)
1/3 c. dry oatmeal
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Veggie Shreds - Mozzarella flavored (this is used as "cheese" and can be found at the health foods store)

Heat 1 tsp oil on medium heat and cook onions and spices, stirring, for about 2 minutes.

Add peppers. Cook, stirring for about 3 minutes, until everything is tender and the mixture is dry.

In a food-processor (I used a blender), blend the chickpeas and beans. Add the oats, onion-pepper mixture and cilantro and blend again.

Squeeze together into burgers - I made 6. You might need to add a few more oats if it is too sticky. Heat remaining oil on medium and cook burgers for 4-5 mins on each side, until heated through. Place Veggie Shreds on top until melted.

Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients:
1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tsp olive oil
kosher salt
ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450.

Cut potatoes, "french fry" style. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Arrange potatoes on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for about 30 - 40 minutes, depending on the thickness of your potatoes. Even if you burn them a little (which I did), they're still good. They kind of taste like burnt marshmallows.

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