Chick Pea Burgers Taste Great and are Great for the Environment

Chick Pea burgersChick Peas can be a great substitute for meat. They have a lovely texture and carry the flavor of spices and seasonings without competing for taste. Chick peas are also a great source of protein. One cup of chickpeas contains 14.5 grams of protein- 29 percent of the recommended daily value. But going meatless once or twice a week isn’t just great for your health it’s also great for the environment. Rajendra Pachauri is head of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has openly identified eating less meat as an important step in combatting climate change. Why? Because cows are more damaging than cars. He is famously quoted as saying, “Please eat less meat — meat is a very carbon intensive commodity.” If you want to do your part for the environment but don’t think you could make the shift away from animal products all together (and many people can’t) try reducing the amount of meat you consume by enjoying one or two meatless meals a week. You could start with these tasty chick pea burgers. I know you’re gonna love ‘em.Chick Pea Burgers2

Serves 6

1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
zest of one lemon
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/2 c. rolled oats
1 egg
1/4 c. olive oil

In a food processor whiz up the rolled oats until they are coarse and powdery. Add the rest of your ingredients (except the oil) and whiz everything together.
Form chick pea mixture into patties and place on a plate in the refrigerator for at least an hour to set.
Over medium heat pour oil into a deep frying pan and wait until it heats up enough to shimmer.
Place patties into hot oil and cook 10 minutes each side. Don’t touch the patties while they cook. Make sure the bottom is nice and golden before flipping.

Serve over a toasted, buttered bun with fresh lettuce, a juicy tomato, slices of red onion and plenty of tahini sauce.

Tahini sauce

1 c. tahini paste
3/4 c. lukewarm water
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 tsp salt

Put everything into the food processor and blend, stop every now and then to scrape down the sides. Test for salt and adjust accordingly. This sauce keeps in the refrigerator for weeks.

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