The theme of the month of March for RecipeRedux is…patties! Check the link at the bottom of this post for all foods patti-fied and healthed-up…this goes wayyyy beyond a burger.
As you may or may not know, I am a chia seed LOVER. It’s one of the few foods I truly eat daily (usually ~1 Tbsp), in the form of smoothies, puddings, salads, or baked goods. Their ability to gel (literally) with liquids makes them especially unique, and while I’ve heard they’re used that way as a vegan substitute for eggs, I’ve never tried it. Since I wanted to do a light, herby patty (well HELLO spring, where have you been?) I decided to go the extra step and make them vegan by using chia to bind!
These patties are best served over a salad – the binding power of eggs is second to none, and they wouldn’t stand up against being squashed in a bun, but given that the lentils and quinoa are carbohydrate-rich, a bun would be overkill in that department anyway. They’re rich in protein (quinoa is a complete source!) and fiber (lentils have 16g per cup cooked!), and the herbs and lemon juice make them light but flavorful. The spicy ginger dressing gives it an exotic kick – I’ll be keeping that recipe on hand to try with soba noodles in the future!
Lemon & Scallion Patties with Spicy Ginger Dressing
- 1 c cooked lentils
- 1 c cooked quinoa
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds + 6 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/3 c spring onions, diced
- 1/3 c fresh parsley, chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- dash of salt & pepper
In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and water, stirring every few minutes until gelled (about 5-10 minutes). In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and fold until evenly mixed with a spatula. In a pan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil on high. Form 6 patties – batter will be sticky and packable – and place in oil. Fry on each side for 5 minutes, or until browned. Flip carefully! Serve over spinach and watercress, and add slices of avocado
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp tahini
- 1″ fresh grated ginger, or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes or powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 c olive oil
Whisk together all ingredients except oil. When blended, add oil while whisking to incorporate.