If you follow my blog, you will recall a post I made a few months ago regarding Forks over Knives and a diet based on plant nutrition. The post spoke of co-race director James Penny and the amazing changes I witnessed in him in just one year. Not only did he lose an incredible amount of weight, but he could blast past me on our daily runs like it was nothing. When he would blast past me barely breaking a sweat he would scream "POWERED BY PLANTS!" we would joke back and forth about his love for plants and my love for pigs. (eating them). After about a month of this banter back and forth I decided to get real. I mean, he was really doing amazingly well and I was still struggling to put out a 5k without stopping under a 7min/km pace. It truly was humbling. I got serious and started asking him numerous questions about this plant based diet. He turned me on to Forks over Knives. I was all in. I lost 20 lbs in my first month and although I'm still stagnant at a pound or 2 up and down, I feel amazing and I have totally embraced the plant based lifestyle. With thanks for the Forks over Knives meal planning App I have tried so many tasty recipes and I am going to share another of my favourites with you.
Combine your cooked lentils to your can of Navy Beans. Using a fork, mash lentils and cannellini beans in a bowl until nearly smooth.
Add oats, scallions, jalapeño (if using)
add cilantro, (seriously, what is with all the cilantro hate anyway?) lime juice, and garlic. Mix well, (come on, get in there with your bare hands! It is so satisfying!) then season with salt and pepper to taste.
Form burger mixture into 4 patties about 1 inch thick and 3 ½ inches in diameter. Bake on prepared baking sheets until lightly browned and heated through, about 20 minutes.
Spiced Cucumber Salad
Whisk together peanut butter, maple syrup, cilantro (if using), lime juice, garlic, pepper flakes (if using), and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl.
Assemble and SERVE!
Serve burgers on whole-grain buns topped with romaine lettuce and scallions; drizzle with sauce. Serve with spiced cucumber salad.
INGREDIENTSFOR THE BURGERS
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.