Lentil, Mushroom and Spinach Burger with Spiced Butternut Mash

By Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This is another delicious alternative to a meat burger. It is full of goodness. The squash is packed with antioxidants and vitamin A, spinach is high in iron, mushrooms are good for your immune system and tahini is a great source of iron. The lentils are work really well with the earthiness of the mushrooms and the spice in the butternut mash really helps to bring all of the flavours together. This is such an easy and inexpensive meal to make, and most importantly, it is nutritious and substantial. 




Serves 6


You will need:

200g lentils
10 cherry tomatoes
8 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
2 large handfuls spinach
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 butternut squash
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp chilli powder
olive oil
salt
pepper


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/gas 6. Dice the squash and place on a roasting tray with some oil and seasoning. Cook for 40 minutes, until golden. In the meantime, cook the lentils according to package instructions.

Place the mushrooms and tomatoes on another roasting tray with a little oil and some seasoning and roast for 10 minutes. Then, blitz the mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped.




Add in the lentils, spinach, garlic, spices and seasoning. Finally, add the tomatoes and pulse into the mixture for a few seconds.




Shape into 7-8 patties and leave to chill for 1 hour in the fridge.




Place the patties on a baking tray and cook for 15 minutes. In the meantime, mash the squash and add in plenty of seasoning.




Serve the patties on top of the mash, drizzle with tahini, olive oil and some balsamic vinegar then enjoy!








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