Boy burgers with girly sauce

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Boy burgers with girly sauce

I'm afraid I've raised two carnivorous boys. Not to say they don't love a good serve of vegetables but they'd swap a steak for salad in a heartbeat. I'm very proud that they've developed varied palates, they understand whole food and for the most part, they make good choices. But meat-free nights can be tricky.

My daughter however, would make a wonderful vegetarian. She loves all things grown. Her favourite snack is sun warmed tomatoes off the vine with mint leaves. She's more voracious than the caterpillars!

Enter the Boy Burger. The first born likes his with chilli sauce that could knock your socks off, avocado and corn salsa. The curly one likes his with my lovely pink girly sauce (he hates the name) and spinach leaves. My lovely girl likes hers with lots of fresh tomato, avocado and houmous.

Serve them on lovely warm rolls or I like mine with rocket leaves and lemon. If you have time, some homemade flat bread is delicious! This makes a pretty big batch (about a dozen) but they freeze well or make terrific lunchbox fair. The mixture is quite wet and tricky but they firm up when fried. I know panko crumbs aren't the healthiest choice, but they're so crunchylicious. :)

Lentil burgers

2 cups red lentils

1 grated zucchini

1 grated carrot

1 grated granny smith apple

1 finely grated garlic clove and a small knob of finely grated ginger

½ t salt and ½ t pepper

1 T toasted cumin seeds

1 t ground coriander

1 t sweet paprika

1 t ground turmeric

1 egg

1 cup besan flour

panko crumbs

Girly sauce

200gm tinned beetroot

80gm soft goats cheese

½ lemon (juiced)

handful soft herbs (I used mint and chives)

glug olive oil

* Rinse your lentils and simmer in plenty of water until soft. Drain and cool.

*Place all the burger ingredients (except for the panko) in a large mixing bowl and combine well.

* Roll handfuls of the mixture in panko crumbs and refrigerate for an hour or so.

* To make girly sauce, I throw the ingredients in a container and I use a stick blender to get saucy. (There's a dangerous sentence)

*Heat a frypan over medium heat and add a tablespoon or so of oil. I used refined coconut oil because it has no flavour. Fry burger patties until golden and crunchy. Enjoy :)