Split Pea Patties with Tahini Dressing

This is a variation of my chickpea patty recipe. You can use various legumes for this dish (lentils, chickpeas, split peas, mung beans). They each have their own unique taste.

Ingredients:

1 cup dry split peas, soaked overnight
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
½ teaspoon fresh chopped ginger
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, grind the soaked lentils with the ¼ cup of water. Add all other ingredients and continue to grind and process until well combined. Mixture should be moist enough to make patties, not too wet or too dry. Form mixture into 3–4 inch patties, ¼–½ inch thick. Place the patties on a well-greased cookie sheet then bake for about 10–12 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Turn patties over and continue to cook on other side for about 8 minutes. Serve warm, hot or at room temperature. Goes great with Tahini Dressing or Peanut Sauce. Makes approximately 20 patties.

Tahini Dressing

½ cup sesame tahini
½ cup water
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1–2 teaspoons natural sweetener (coconut sugar, maple syrup…)
¼ teaspoon salt

Add tahini to a mixing bowl. Gradually add the water, stirring as you blend it into the tahini. Add other ingredients and continue to stir or whisk until smooth and creamy. Serve with split pea patties, falafel, salad, crudités.

Peanut Sauce

½ cup all natural peanut butter
½ cup water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or other unrefined sweetener)
½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Add peanut butter to a mixing bowl. Gradually add the water, stirring as you blend it into the peanut butter. Add other ingredients and continue to stir or whisk until smooth. Serve with lentil patties, falafel, salad, crudités, etc.

Health Benefits of Split Peas

Did you know that dried peas have been a staple of the human diet since prehistoric times? Peas have been found in archeological digs in Egypt, Asia, and Rome.

Are you worried about your cholesterol level? Eat split peas! Full of soluble fiber, peas help to bind up cholesterol-containing bile and move it out of your body. This can help with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis. A single cup of cooked dried peas in your daily diet provides 65.1% of the recommended daily fiber. They also provide a good amount of protein, two B-vitamins, and several important minerals. Peas also include isoflavones, which are helpful in reducing the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

If you are diabetic, or have it in your family, split peas can be your best friend. Peas help stabilize your blood sugar levels while providing a steady supply of energy. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetics who eat at least 50 grams of fiber per day can lower their cholesterol, their triglycerides, and the VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoprotein) by a considerable amount.

Peas can also reduce the amount of plaque in your blood vessels and help your heart remain healthy. If you are sensitive to sulfites, which are added to most deli foods and salad bars, the mineral molybdenum will help you detoxify them. Peas can provide you with almost twice the recommended daily allowance of this mineral from a single 1-cup serving. Signs of sulfite sensitivity may include rapid heartbeat, headache, or disorientation.

 

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