Burgers with Friends

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Friends. There is really nothing like a good friend. Someone who will listen to you, pick you up when you are down, laugh with you and cry with you. Today I discovered simply how lucky I am to have such great friends. After having a down-in-the-dumps type of day, for no particular reason but my own, I happened to run into two friends on the bike commute home. And I’ll tell you there is nothing like sharing a good meal with friends to turn that frown upside down. So here’s a recipe dedicated to all friends, those close by and those far far away, those who are here and those who have left this world, those we have known for a while and to those who we haven’t even met yet. So friends, this one goes out to you and next time your with your best buddies remember to tell them how great they are just because you can. Now on to the food. 

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Katie, my best farmer friend, came up with this delicious recipe using bok choi greens, lentils and most things you can find in an ordinary kitchen. Delicous. Healthy. Simple. 

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Bok Choi Burgers 

1 cup chopped bok choi greens (save the white stalks to add to stir frys later) 
1 garlic scape or clove of garlic, diced 
1.5 cups bread crumbs
1.5 cups pre-cooked green lentils (see note for cooking directions)  
1 cup cooked quinoa, rice, or bulgar 
1 tsp Garam Masala spice 
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup salted sunflower seeds 
salt and pepper to taste 
1 large egg
1 tbsp soy sauce 
1 tbsp olive oil (for frying burgers) 

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1. Pre cook the lentils and quinoa (see note). Combine all ingredients in order listed in a large bowl. 

2. Heat a large pan on medium heat and drizzle with olive oil. Hand mould burger mixture to shape and size desired. You can do classic burgers or falafel style meatballs. Fry for 3-4 minutes each side until golden brown. 

3. Serve on a bun, in a pita or on top of toast with toppings of your choice. Eat with friends. 

Note: To cook lentils add 1 cup of dried lentils to 2 cups veggie broth to a pot and bring to a boil and let simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, approx 20-30 minutes. I usually make a big batch of lentils and store in the fridge and freezer for convenient use. 

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