This week, I haven’t felt much like cooking. Blame it on a bad case of post-relay blues , or on being over-tired, or because I found a couple fleas on my disgusting, dirty, lovable furball the other day which has made me itchy ever since. Whatever the reason, when it comes time to make dinner, I’ve been feeling rather uninspired.
I could’ve gone out to dinner, or gone grocery shopping to find some new foods that might inspire a burst of cooking, but I’m trying to save money and put off the grocery shopping until the weekend. So instead, I’ve been surviving on simple, one-dish dinners, doing everything I can to avoid eating oatmeal for every meal.
It finally hit me last night how dumb I was being. Instead of trying to make a dinner from scratch every night, why not just cook a big batch of something simple and use that as the basis of my meals for the rest of the week? Essentially, Meal Planning 101, but hey…sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake.
So I filled a pot up with water and got to work boiling a nice big pot of lentils.
My original plan was to actually try Alex ’s Lentil Meatballs . But a quick glance in the cupboard reminded me that I didn’t have any tomato sauce or paste or anything, so I changed my mind. Instead, I figured I’d whip up the next best thing: a lentil burger, because it’s quick and easy and because well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’re probably convinced I eat nothing but Mexican food and veggie burgers . And why change that pattern now?
Making these burgers was super easy and just based on stuff I already had in the house. Earlier in the week I had made some Spicy Black Bean Avocado Dip , but used a little less avocado to give it a thicker consistency. I basically just mashed that together with some cooked lentils, breadcrumbs, and a little extra salt. Another super easy recipe for all you lazy cooks out there.
These came out a little flimsier than your typical bean burgers, but are incredibly delicious. I love how hearty lentils are, and how they easily take on the flavoring of other things. They’re cheap, nutritious, and with a little side of veggies, provide a much more rounded meal than a bowl of oatmeal (as delicious as that may be).
Mash lentils and black bean avocado dip in a bowl with a fork. Once it’s well combined, slowly add in your bread crumbs. You want the mixture to stick together well enough to form a patty, but you don’t want it to be too dry (hint: if the mixture feels too dry and falls apart in your hands, add a little water. Just run your hands under the faucet and shape the patty with wet hands.)
Cook on medium-high heat in a greased skillet (a little EVOO or Pam works about the same) for about 4 – 5 minutes until bottom is golden brown. Flip and repeat.
Sometimes Koli likes to get in on the excitement
And there you have it. Another simple veggie burger recipe that took all of 10 minutes! Makes me wonder why I ever bothered buying Morningstar…
To round out the meal, I had my favorite “lazy girl’s” dessert:
Candy corn + peanut butter. Don’t knock it till you try it. It’s salty, sweet and downright addicting. And as an added bonus, it doubles as the perfect running fuel.