4. Make a Hearty Lentil Burger
Are you looking to cut down on red meat? Many vegetarians claim that the best veggie burgers are brown lentil-based, thanks to their hearty texture—some even claim that they grill up just fine, too. About 1 cup of dry lentils, once cooked, will yield about 8 patties when mixed with egg, olive oil, chopped onion, grated carrots, whole-wheat bread crumbs, and your seasonings of choice. (Many recipes even call for a whole grain, like brown rice or rolled oats, as well.) Warning: It may take some experimentation to get the taste and texture just right—but believe us, it’s worth the effort.
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