Lucky Comestible III (4): Lentil Pistachio Patties

[I thought it would be fun to run a little series over here at DDD: I'll profile one one of my favorite foods, or a food that I've recently discovered and enjoyed, over several days.  For this third entry, I'm focusing on Avocados. The series is presented on an occasional (and entirely arbitrary) basis, before I move on to the next lucky comestible. ]

Since today was the first Sunday following my Total Health course (and I promise–that’s the last time I’ll mention it!), I realized it was time to resume my regular Progress Tracker entries.

It’s been nine whole weeks since I had a regular Sunday weigh-in, so this morning, I donned my sweats and and finally returned to the workout club (Well, hi again, Elderly Gentleman Who Always Wears Black Knee Socks! I’m back, Burly Guy Who Stares at Women’s Breasts Between Sets!  I actually missed you, Septuagenarian Couple with the Matching T-Shirts!).

After completing various stretches and weights, I performed the official post-course, ritual weigh in.  And the result?  After NINE WEEKS of eating healthfully and stepping up my exercise routine (literally–I’ve doubled the amount of walking I do each day since the osteopenia diagnosis), I lost. . . . are you ready for it?  Okay, here goes. . . . I lost. . . . FOUR POUNDS.

Yep, four. Quatre. 4. Vier. Quattro. IV.  Tessera. FOUR!!!!  In nine weeks.

Lovely, no?  That’s just under half pound a week.  Okay, I suppose that’s not awful considering that the goal of the course was not to lose weight so much as to learn about healthy eating and to undergo an attitude adjustment in that area.  During the course, I consumed just as much (healthy) food as I wanted to and never deprived myself in any way (except during the cleanse week, obviously).  What this means is that I am now exactly back where I started when I began this blog–with 40 pounds to lose to reach my goal.  And while I do feel better since taking the course, that’s simply not acceptable.  Nope.

And so. . . I’ve decided to take up the challenge offered by Gizmar from Equal Opportunity Kitchen, who wrote in her recent comment: “Ok, I’m throwing down the gauntlet – I want to lose some weight – I challenge you to a slim down!!!”  Giz, you’re on! Ah, but how much weight?  And in what time period?  I will contact you so we can work out the details.  But for now, I’ve decided, it’s time to get serious! (Again).  Watch out, excess avoirdupois!  Take a hike, jiggly thighs! Run for the hills, cellulite!  I am  on a mission.

* Sigh. *

(Okay, end of weight rant.  We now return to this week’s regularly scheduled Lucky Comestible.)

One thing I realized while on my cleanse week is that I don’t eat nearly as many legumes as I should.  Sure, if you consider peanut butter and carob, I suppose there’s a regular intake, but in general, my diet is sorely lacking.

As a child, the only beans I was ever served were the canned variety.  Heinz Baked Beans made a quick and yummy dinner, just on their own.  (Of course, my mother bought the “in tomato sauce” flavor so she wouldn’t have to deal with that one pasty, white, slimy chunk of pork fat that always rose to the top of the can.  A few years ago, the HH and I took a course called Mini Med School at the University of Toronto. One evening, we were led down winding, clandestine hallways through an unmarked door into the actual anatomy lab, where we examined formaldehyde-infused hunks of human limbs, their outer layers peeled away to expose the muscles and bones underneath.  One thigh had a rectangular chunk of flesh carved out, the cutout placed neatly on the counter beside it like a rubber bathtub stopper.  Well, that little cube of pork fat looked just like the rectangular hunk of thigh. Good move, Mom.)

When I moved into my very first apartment the summer before my Master’s program began, my father’s housewarming gift to me was a smoked ham. (Not so strange if you consider that he owned a butcher shop–what else would he give me?).  With the help of my trusty Joy of Cooking, I ended up making split pea and ham soup (even then, I couldn’t stomach the idea of an entire piece of ham on its own).  I had just started dating my first true love a couple of weeks earlier (hey, Spaghetti Ears!  How’s tricks?) and he, along with his two room mates, kindly relieved me of any superfluous soup–which, as it turned out, was pretty much all of it.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy bean dishes, either.  It’s just that I never really think to make them.  In more recent years, I’ve amassed a fairly reliable roster of bean recipes that I use on a rotating basis.  There’s hummus, of course, but also sundried tomato hummus and roasted garlic hummus.  Oh, and I can’t forget white bean hummus or fava bean hummus or even no-bean hummus (which, come to think of it, doesn’t really belong in the “dishes with beans” category, does it?). The HH and I also enjoy lentil-spaghetti sauce about twice a year, as well as my version of Tuscan baked beans (with olive oil and sage) and a classic three-bean salad in the summertime. Other than that, though, it’s pretty much hummus all around.

Well, I decided it was time to create something new and interesting with legumes.  In keeping with the focus on avocado, I naturally gravitated toward the green legumes–or, more correctly, “legume”: lentils.  Besides being one of the quickest to cook (they’re done in only 25 minutes, with no soaking required), lentils also provide a substantial contribution to your daily mineral requirements. In addition, they’re extremely high in fiber (both soluble and insoluble, important for healthy cholesterol levels), and they’re known to help keep blood sugar levels steady. Oh, and they taste really good!

I seized the green theme and just ran with it (okay, I kind of “speed-walked” with it), throwing pistachios into the mix as well.  In these patties, the avocado acts as an egg substitute, while the nuts and beans work in tandem to provide a complete protein.  While they’re not overly “meaty” in texture (the outside is crispy while the inside remains soft), these burgers are great either baked or fried, and would probably make a tasty loaf as well.  Just for fun (and because I’m weird that way), I baked half the recipe and browned the other half in a frypan. I have to say that I actually preferred the baked version, which also held its shape better.

These patties are a great way to subtly add more legumes to your diet. And if you happen to be watching your weight–well, as it turns out, they’re pretty low-cal, too (about 150 calories each patty).  Shall we start with these for dinner, Giz?

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  1. Half a pound a week is a great goal. You can get there by walking an extra hour a day or by swapping a daily high-calorie drink for a low-calorie drink.

    It’s math. All math. It was so freeing to really figure that out.

  2. Avocado in a burger sounds very interesting – although I had a spectacular failure with bean and tofu burgers recently so am not feeling so friendly towards the little critters!

    Have never heard of the sort of the baked beans with pork in them – we always had them in tomato sauce – thankfully! But glad to hear why your first meal when you moved out was pea and ham soup – all makes sense now

  3. Avocado and lentils sound a lovely combination, and I hope they help towards the new weight-loss goal!

  4. Congrats on the 4 lbs!

    I’m back on the Lean Plate Club fan, seeing as how I packed back on a few pounds recently. :(

    I’m with you! Slim down.

    So, I’m counting calories, watching fat, piling on the fiber and exercising (read: lifting more weights and pushing myself harder on cardio) longer and more often. Ugh. Oh well, it’s the only way I get results.

    Good luck with your plan!

  5. this looks wonderful! lentils & pistachios?! yes please! i need to give this recipe a try, for sure. i need more lentils in my life! w00t!

    and four pounds gone is four pounds gone – i think that’s awesome!

  6. Congratulations on your weight loss!!

    Wow, those lentil-pistachio patties sound SOOOO delicious – I love lentils and pistachios, yet have never consumed them together.

    Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment on my blog – give The Girls extra hugs for me, please!!

  7. These patties are green all over! How delish!

    Well done on those four pounds, Ricki! So, it took a while. The time still goes by anyway.

  8. Wow! I hope you will keep experimenting with beans. I must make this.

  9. Courtney says:

    Ha ha ha…I go to the gym every morning and it is true!–you totally come up with your own little names for the “regulars” you see there each day! I have a “mean scary lady” and “yucky B.O. man” and so many others. I am sure they were happy to have you back!

    Congrats on the 4 pounds. I know you would have liked to lose more, but 4 pounds is 4 pounds–give yourself some credit! You could have gained 4 pounds, right?!

    Those burgers look delish! I love beans/lentils and cannot wait to try them!

    Courtney

  10. I can almost taste these in my mouth!

  11. Megan,
    Thanks for the info. I guess part of me knows it’s just math. . .but an extra hour a day?? How I wish it were easier to just eat less!

    Johanna,
    Lucky you to have never encountered the horror of the pork-fat cube! And way back in my undergrad days, I was still a meat-eater, though never really fond of ham, anyway :)

    Lysy,
    Thanks so much! I’m hoping all that fiber will flush away some excess poundage as well!

    Deb,
    Thanks so much! And your regimen is a good motivation for me–I could use some extra exercise (apparently, about an hour extra walking a day. . . ) ;)

    Jessy,
    Thanks so much, and thanks for your comment! And you’re right, 4 pounds in the right direction. . . no problem, there.

    VeggieGirl,
    Thanks! Glad you like the combination. I hugged the Girls for you. . . hope you’re doing better as well!

    Susan,
    How right you are. . . time does have a way of moving along, doesn’t it? And 4 pounds is 4 pounds (now, only 10 times that in addition. . .!!).

    Lisa,
    Thanks! I did have some fun in the kitchen with the beans and hope to play around some more. Apart from those old GF Bean Brownies, I haven’t done much else. But I feel a bean-a-thon coming on! ;)

    Courtney,
    That’s so funny about the nicknames!! Glad to hear I’m not the only one who does that. . . ;) Let me know how you like the burgers if you try them out!

    Romina,
    Hope they taste good, in that case! ;)

  12. I’m making these right now…you totally forgot to mention that without the oats this mix raw could totally be a spread!!! mmmmm.

  13. WOAH. thats all im gonna say. other than the fact that now im really hungry. i need to stop reading your blog on my lunch break. this is not good…. i want to lick the screeen for seconds.

  14. These sound like the perfect tasty and satisfying patties! I’ve been looking for some good recipes recently so I’ll be saving this one. Excellet creation!

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  16. Sounds tasty. I can imagine avocado being a good binding agent. What about adding some lemon? It goes great with lentils, pistachios and avocados individually, so surely it must also go well with all three together. I guess you could have them with lemony sauce.

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