I have very special plans tonight. Fancy schmancy plans, if you will. I have the perfect dress all picked out, I'll get my hair and makeup done, and oh yes, there will be a carriage ride through Central Park. It will be fabulous. I'll be the envy of every other woman in the land.
Okay, I'm lying. I'm going to my weekly Toastmaster's meeting to keep working on my
What? Jamie (my bear) is a very suitable date. Except he would probably rather stay home with Buttercup (my other bear). So it might just be me and the horse. Which I'm totally fine with.
And yes, Jamie is named after a certain James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, and I bought him in Scotland. (Just had to throw that in for those of you who know what I mean!)
After my fancy carriage ride, I'd make myself some millet burgers. This is of course part of my fantasy because I can't actually eat millet burgers right now while I'm on a grain-free diet. But I developed this recipe a while ago and never shared it with you, so I thought you might enjoy it today. While we're all eating chocolates (or wishing we were), here's a healthy dinner recipe to add to your arsenal. It's pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. And perfect for Valentine's Day. Or any day really.
Millet Burgers (Print-Friendly Option)
The millet in these burgers lends a sweet overtone, while the parsley gives it a fresh note. Enjoy with your favorite burger toppings. I love making my own avocado dressing and serving it over a bed of greens.
½ cup uncooked lentils
½ cup uncooked millet
1 carrot, chopped
1/4 cup packed fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
Sea salt to taste
1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
- Bring millet and 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook with top on until water is fully cooked down (20-30 minutes).
- In a separate pot, bring lentils and 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until water is fully cooked down (about 15 minutes).
- While lentils and millet are simmering, chop the carrot. Place the carrot, parsley, cilantro, and sunflower seeds in a food processor.
- Once lentils are done cooking, add to food processor. Pulse a few times, until mixture is lumpy but not completely pureed. Once millet is done cooking, stir lentil mixture into the millet. Add sea salt to taste. Form carefully into 6 patties (I'm told this is a bit of an art form, but mind held together well).
- Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add ghee or coconut oil, and cook burgers until browned, a few minutes per side. Serve hot.
Makes 6 burgers
Sending you a very Happy Valentine's Day, filled with virtual chocolates and carriage rides galore!