It’s grilling season, and if you are a vegetarian, hamburgers aren’t high on your list for a fun summer meal. A great alternative is this recipe, which is chock-full of protein, fiber and omega-3’s. The fiber will keep you feeling full, and the protein in the lentils will help balance your blood sugar. Hempseeds are a great source of omega-3’s, which provide cardiovascular benefit. Hempseeds can be found at any healthfood store and add a nutty flavor to the burger. I made extra pesto and found that it was tasty on a variety of sandwiches. You can also freeze it for future use.
Quinoa is an ancient, gluten-free grain that contains all of the amino acids, so it is one of the few non-animal proteins that is an actual complete protein. Quinoa is light, tasty, and easy to digest. It is not sticky or heavy like most other grains, and it has a delicious flavor all on its own.
Even meat eaters will love this delicious burger!
1 cup dried green or brown lentils
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup cilantro, packed Continue reading “Lentil Quinoa Burgers with Hemp Pesto”