Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spinach & Lentil Burgers

This burger is our little recreation of a delicious vegan burger we had in London last year. (London is the world winner for friendliest vegetarian city!) It tends to run on the messy side, so be prepared for some over-use of your napkin! It's well worth the mess.

You'll Need:

2 c fresh spinach, chopped and de-stemmed
1 c dry lentils
2 c panko bread crumbs
2 tbsps nutrional yeast
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp cornstarch plus 1 tbsp water
onion powder and garlic powder to taste
olive oil for cooking
1 tbsp fresh minced garlic

Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil, add rinsed lentils. Allow to cook for about 30 minutes, or until tender.
In the meantime, sautee the spinach in olive oil and the garlic, letting it become smushy and saturated (but don't let it burn!) Take it off the heat and transfer it to a mixing bowl, but don't take the pan away, you'll need it again later.
Once the spinach is in the bowl, wait for the lentils to finish. Add them when they are nice and moist, and mix together.
Add nutritional yeast and spices. Mix cornstarch and water separately, then add. Add breadcrumbs and knead all ingredients together.
Make the burgers with your hands. Try to keep them on the smaller side, though, because once heated, they fall apart pretty easily.
Transfer to your frying pan (conveniently already heated!). Spray (or drizzle) a little more olive oil, and heat them as you would a veggie burger. Before they are fully browned and crispy and wonderful, sprinkle with a little Herbed Sea Salt (I used a Basil Herbed Sea Salt) - Perfetto! Another delicious Vegan meal!

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