You won't see me professing undying love for lentils - usually.
Fact of the matter is, my love for lentils has been a 'process'. It all began with laziness. That green lentils unlike the Asian, Indian compadres does not require overnight soaking.
Which meant that I could haul my lazy ass out of bed the following day and still be able to a decent dinner on the table with lentils without having to have remembered the night before.
And then I realized that green lentils are actually fabulous when cooked with a touch of salt, turmeric and whole garlic cloves. They keep for a week if not more in a container in the refrigerator.
Which means, all of a sudden I have a whole range of 'quick-fixes' for the dinner table and next days lunches.
Yup, school really is back in session and I feel it every night as I line up the lunch boxes. Whew!
So coming back to lentils. I've been throwing them is pasta with sage and they're just marvelous. Fabulous too stewed with tomatoes, onions and celery with a side of seared salmon steak. Oh yeah!
And then, as I discovered the other night, they are a great culinary medium to play with and turn into the most drool worthy burgers.
So much so that this patty sandwiched between 2 slices of bread with a touch of Jalapeno ketchup in the boys lunches earned me an extra kudos with a sweet little kiss for my youngest minion.
If you have boys you know those hugs and kisses are worth the price of GOLD. Rare is when boys give those out freely.
So whether you have big boys, little boys or you're married to one, I think you're really love these lentil burgers with these fantastic flavors even if you're a carnivore like me!