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LOVE ME DO QUINOA VEGAN BURGER Makes two burgers INGREDIENTS 20g quinoa, uncooked 1 portobello mushroom, cut into 3-4 cm slices ½ tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp chaat masala 200g chickpeas, tinned 1 tsp tahini 1 tsp soy sauce 1 garlic, cloves pinch cumin seeds pinch garam masala 2 dried apricots, thinly sliced 1 tsp parsley, finely chopped pinch cumin, ground 1 tsp coriander, ground 35g breadcrumbs To serve avocado, peeled & sliced plum tomatoes sliced shredded lettuce tabasco or chilli sauce 2 wholemeal burger buns cucumber or dill pickle METHOD 1. Cook the quinoa per the packet instructions and then leave it to cool. BLUSHING BACON & PEPPER FRITTATA Serves two INGREDIENTS 125g mixed peppers 400g potatoes, peeled and halved 75g smoked bacon lardons 1 onion, peeled & chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled & finely chopped 4 eggs 75g peas ¼ iceberg lettuce, torn black pepper to season 2. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and then shallow fry the mushrooms with the chaat masala until they soften and lightly brown and then let them cool. 1. Preheat the oven to 200C. 3. Combine the drained chickpeas, tahini, soy sauce and garlic in a food processor and pulse them until they are almost a smooth paste. 2. Simmer the potatoes in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and leave to cool slightly before slicing thinly. 4. Add the parsley and any salt you need to taste. Be careful, though: the chaat masala and soy sauce are both salty. 3. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan then add the bacon lardons and dry-fry for 5 minutes, until browned. 5. Turn the chickpea paste into a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs, dried apricots mushrooms and quinoa. Mix them thoroughly and then leave them in the fridge to settle for about 15 minutes. 4. Remove using a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and fry in the remaining bacon fat for 5 minutes until softened. Add the chopped peppers and cook through. Stir through the lardons, then transfer to a bowl. 6. Form 2 equal-sized patties and place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Let them firm up in the fridge for at least two hours; the longer the better. 7. Once the burgers are ready for the oven, make sure the oven is heated at 200C and then bake them for 20-25 minutes until they are golden. 8. Serve them hot with the garnishes. METHOD 5. Lightly beat the eggs and add to the bowl and then carefully fold in the potatoes and peas and mix together. Pour the mixture into baking tin lined with baking paper. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes. 6. Slice and serve with the torn lettuce. Tip: for a vegetarian option leave out the bacon, use a little oil to cook the onions and garlic and use some drained baked beans with a pinch of paprika.