No Frills Healthy: Lentil Patties

No Frills Healthy: Lentil Patties
Lentils are legumes I love!  Not only do they appear on Dr. Michael Greger's Daily Dozen app for must-eat-daily-for-health but they have a history in my family-- at one time my "little brother" (always!) was one of the foremost brokers of lentils in the world, traveling to almost every continent to meet with buyers and sellers of lentils.  This little legume packs a lot of nutritional power, and has been around for centuries as an abundant, accessible source of great protein and fibre for the world's people.  Like other legumes (think soybeans and chickpeas and black beans for example), there are hundreds of ways to prepare it along with other delicious and healthy vegetables.

The recipe for Lentil Patties below is definitely stripped of any glamorous culinary additions, such as hot spices and exotic oils.  Very plain jane, but as such, well digested.  This series of No Frills Healthy recipes is an attempt to re-introduce more highly digestible vegan recipes that were the mainstay of many healthy North American Adventists in the years when Adventists were known as "beanies" and slightly off base because of their vegetarian eating choices and their alternative healing protocols.  Well, I am a little sorry to say that while teems of people 'outside' of the Adventist fellowship are quickly adopting vegan diets these days, many of the Adventist brethren and 'sistern' have either never explored the benefits of their denomination's "health message" or have 'gone back' to eating animal products, highly spiced and fatty foods.

LENTIL PATTIES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Cups Lentils, well-cooked
  • 3 Cups finely-ground Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Water or more
  • 2 T. chopped Parsley
METHOD: 
  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Form into patties
  3. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit/177 degrees Celsius 20-30 minutes or until nicely browned. (Makes about 10-15 patties)


If you don't believe that a simple, low fat vegan diet is optimal for good health and longevity, I suggest you watch any of hundreds of Youtube videos by proponents of the science of a plant-powered diet: Dr. Michael KlaperDr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Pam PopperDr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Hans DiehlDr. Kim Williams, Dr. Dean Ornish,  and of course, Dr. Michael Greger, are just a few well-known personalities in this area of lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition.  (If you are more interested, you might want to watch this panel of vegan doctors answering questions as to whether they would recommend colonoscopies, mammography, PSA and other invasive medical testing.)

The above recipe is from the late Dr. Agatha Thrash's cookbook Eat for Strength.  You can learn more about Dr. Thrash in this video.


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