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Veggie Burger-A Healthy Alternative

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Veggie Burger – A Healthy Alternative

This veggie burger provides a healthy, satisfying and vegetarian alternative to the traditional beef or turkey burger. It’s loaded with vitamins, nutrients, minerals and fiber while satisfying your craving. Based on mushrooms, black beans, and lentils, it holds up on the stove or in the oven; doesn’t crumble or fall apart.

WHY?

Lentils-Binding Agent in Veggie Burger

Lentils are pulses, which are the edible seeds of a plant. Their name is derived from the Latin term- lens, most likely due to their shape that resembles a convex optic lens. Lentils have been in existence for over 8,000 years, originating in the Near East and Mediterranean. Then, they were known as a poor man’s food, and often shunned by the rich. Today, they are recognized as an excellent source of protein and are often a primary source of protein, particularly for vegans. About 50% of the world’s lentils are consumed in India. The flavor of lentils is a very earthy, savory flavor and, like mushrooms, they tend to take on the flavor of the cooking liquid be it water, chicken, vegetable or beef broth.

Lentils and split peas are not the same- they are cousins. Split peas have had their outer coat removed (thus, they are “split from their outer coats”). Lentils retain their outer coat. For this reason, split peas cook quicker than lentils. Lentils differ from other pulses (chickpeas, beans, peas) in that they do not require soaking. Simply rinse and add them to liquid.

High in protein, low in complex carbohydrates, low-fat, cholesterol and gluten- free are just a few qualities of the amazing lentil. Based on the daily recommended intake (RDI) of a 2,000-calorie diet, a half-cup of lentils provides 26g protein and 18g fiber (72% of the RDI). They are also high in folate offering 50% of RDI of folate, 25% potassium and 45% iron.

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Quick and Easy, Sandwich

Hot Pastrami Sandwich

This is a manly sandwich… but women like it, too!!! I’ll tell you why:)

There are just some occasions when you need a hot sandwich and this one does the trick!  It’s loaded with shaved pastrami, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing and a whopping bite of provolone cheese. And when you heat this baby up, it’s even better!The secret is in the methodology of putting it together. Sure, you can stack everything on bread and heat it, but some ingredients need to be nurtured…I start with a really good bun…. I’m talking brioche, or a nice artisan bread. Then saute the pastrami and sauerkraut together. Add seasonings and heat. Guys like it because it’s a hot sandwich; gals like it because it’s easy and makes their guy happy…

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