I stopped eating most legumes when I was 12 years old to spite my mother. She made me eat rice and beans for meal after meal because I was a vegetarian and she didn’t know better. So one day I declared I hated beans and never looked back.
Over the past few years I have been trying to incorporate beans back into my diet. It’s been a slow journey and I still have a ways to go.
Chickpeas were up first. It took me a while to warm up to them, but now I can’t get enough. Give me hummus for breakfast, roasted chickpeas for a snack, chickpea cutlets for lunch and falafel for dinner. Yep I could actually eat chickpeas for every meal. But it was time to introduce a new bean boyfriend, enter THE LENTIL.
It took a few tries, but I can now say that I am completely in love with lentils and we have a pretty strong relationship going. Last night I decided to try my hand at lentil burgers. Chickpeas had been the original burger-baby making machine, but I owed it to my new lover to give it a shot.
Mixed with some oats, basil and spices the lentils made a pretty mean burger. The burgers were kind of hard to get to stay together, but the taste was all there.