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Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers

Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

When I was recently asked if I’d review Donna Hay’s newest book Fresh and Light, I have to admit to jumping out of my office chair and doing a little dance! I’ve been a huge fan of Donna’s for a while now. Donna Hay is Australia’s leading food editor, author and publisher. Not only does she publish her own Donna Hay Magazine, but she’s the author of twenty cookbooks, a weekly newspaper column and a creator of beautiful homewares, with her own general store in Sydney. What has always drawn me to her work is her approach to using fresh and seasonal ingredients in creating beautiful and simple recipes. This book is no exception. In fact, this book is the epitome of fresh, simple and healthy.

The book itself is really beautiful. Its full-sized, lush images will have you battling between running into the kitchen to get cooking or lingering in your chair to devour each page. Each dish is photographed so beautifully…simple and elegant. Yet, her creative flair doesn’t leave you feeling inadequate or incapable of reproducing these recipes. In fact, they leave you inspired and finding that there is nothing more gorgeous (or doable) than pure simplicity.

Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

I found the format of the book really interesting. I love that within each section, Donna gives you six variations on several recipes. For example, she gives you her basic frittata recipe on one page, then in just a flip, you’ve got two pages of full size images of six mouthwatering frittatas with simple adaptations below. And, isn’t that they way we all cook? We all have our go-to recipes that we change up with different seasonal ingredients. This book gives you more of those great recipes that you’ll use over and over again.

Donna Hay's Fresh and Light Review

The most difficult part of reviewing this book was choosing one recipe to adapt. After bookmarking some favorites with sticky notes, the book began to look more like a flower. I finally chose this quinoa and chickpea burger because I’ve been searching for a great veggie burger recipe for the longest time. I love veggie based burgers. They can be really versatile and they are such a great way to incorporate plant based ingredients and reduce the amount of meat we eat. I was really happy with this recipe. There are so many flavorful elements between the cumin, cilantro and jalapeño. The Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise is the perfect accompaniment with its fresh herb and citrusy flavor. We will be making these often.

I’d love to share a copy of this wonderful book with one of you. Harper Collins and Donna Hay generously agreed to send one of my readers a copy of their own. Enter here!

Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers with Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

Adapted slightly from Donna Hay, Fresh and Light

1/2 C. white quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh sieve
1 C. vegetable stock
2 slices whole wheat bread
16 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1 egg
1/4 C. cilantro leaves
1 t. ground cumin
1 small jalapeño, chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
sea salt
black pepper
olive oil, for brushing
4 whole wheat flatbreads
mixed greens, tomato slices and avocado for serving
Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise (recipe below)

Combine the quinoa and vegetable stock in a small covered saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside and cool slightly.

In a food processor, add the whole wheat bread slices. Pulse until you get fine breadcrumbs. Add the chickpeas, quinoa, egg, cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, red pepper, sea salt and pepper. Process in short bursts until finely chopped. You can divide the mixture into 4 large patties or into 8 smaller ones. Brush each pat tie with some olive oil and place in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side.

Serve over flatbread with mixed greens, tomato, avocado and Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise.

Serves 4

Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

1/3 C. mayonnaise
juice of one lime
1/8 C. cilantro leaves
sea salt
black pepper

Combine ingredients in a blender or use a hand blender. Process until smooth.

Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

Notes:

  • These burgers can be made in advance and reheated. Either pop them into a hot oven for about 5 minutes or in a fry pan over medium heat. They are just as wonderful!
  • If you’d rather not eat them with flatbread, try topping some mixed greens off with the burger, adding some chopped tomato and cubes of avocado then drizzle the top with the mayo. That’s what I had for lunch today…delicious!
  • Donna makes her own tofu mayo that sounds incredible! I just used regular mayonnaise made with olive oil. If you’d like to lighten things up a bit, use a nice thick Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise. I’ve made it both ways!

 

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Take a peek at some other blogger reviews of Fresh and Light!

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Polenta Crust Tomato Tart from Taste and Tell

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi from Chocolate Moosey

Breakfast Parfait from Wonkey Wonderful

Mixed Berry Cobbler from Sugar Dish Me

Twice Cooked Quinoa with Chipotle and Lime Chicken from A Family Feast

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad with Ricotta Salata, Avocado and Rosemary Honeyed Almonds from Taste Love & Nourish

We live in a bit of a remote area. It takes a bit of driving to get anywhere. Consequently, I tend to shop at a variety of grocery stores. I love them all (well, most of them) for different reasons. There are certain things I can find at one that I can’t at the others. The problem is, I always forget where I found what. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older. I mean, AARP sends me a card to remind me of that at least once a week. Regardless…I should probably start jotting things down.

Anyway…the point is, I adore baby kale. My problem is, it can be hard to find and I never remember where I got it last. I do believe that you may have the best luck at Whole Foods. But, then…I’m old. So, maybe not.

If you should find baby kale or if you give up entirely and just pull out any green you have in the fridge, I really think you are going to love the flavor combinations in this salad. The ricotta salata adds a briny and salty bite against the bursts of sweet and tangy blackberries. Then, you’ve got creamy and buttery avocado and the savory-sweet crunch of almonds dusted with a bit of rosemary. I mean, really. I think your tastebuds are going to thank you!

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad with Ricotta Salata, Avocado and Rosemary Honeyed Almonds from Taste Love & Nourish

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad

4 C. baby kale
1 C. blackberries
1/2 avocado, cubed
4 oz. ricotta salata
Rosemary Honeyed Almonds (recipe below)

Dressing:
4 T. lemon juice
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

On two large dinner plates, divide and arrange the kale, blackberries, avocado and ricotta salata. Set aside.

Mix up the dressing in a small bowl or glass.

Top each salad with the dressing and finish with the almonds.

Serves 2 large salads

Rosemary Honeyed Almonds

1 t. olive oil
1/2 C. sliced almonds
pinch of sea salt
pinch of black pepper
1/4 t. dried rosemary, crushed a bit
2 t. honey

In a heavy cast iron pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and the almonds. Keep the pan moving as the almonds begin to get toasted. As soon as you smell the nuttiness, add the salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss for one more second then add the honey. Stir until all of the almonds are coated. Continue for just a few more seconds, remove from the heat and allow the nuts to cool in the pan for just a few minutes.

    Notes:

  • Ricotta Salata is an Italian semi-hard cheese made from goat’s milk. It has a mild briny flavor and crumbles nicely. It’s perfect in salads like this.
  • The leaves of baby kale are so tender and the flavor is very mild. As I said, if you can’t find baby kale, try Lacinto kale…but truly, this will be wonderful with any green you love.

 

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad with Ricotta Salata, Avocado and Rosemary Honeyed Almonds from Taste Love & Nourish