Patty Pleasers

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These are very savory and yet have the kind of flavor that you can pair with just about anything, from potatoes to rice and from pasta to baked yams. Enjoy!

1/2 cup brown rice ground
1/2 cup garbanzos or chickpeas
1 medium potato, peeled
1/2 cup oats
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder (1/2 tsp. if you are not a garlic lover)
1 stalk celery, sliced
1/2 sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1/2 cup Anaheim pepper or any flavorful green pepper you like, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds
Salt to taste
Olive oil

In a blender or food processor with a little bit of water, puree the brown rice, the garbanzos and all the rest of the ingredients, except the oats, the seasonings and the flour. Scrape into a bowl and add the seasonings, mixing well, then, slowly, add the oats, combining well, and then the flour, adding more water as needed to form a firm but soft dough. Shape your patties with your hands of a large spoon and drop them into a hot skillet that has been barely "painted" with olive oil, you can also use a grill pan. Cook them on low heat, watching them so that they won't burn. Flip them as soon as they set and continue to turn them until golden brown on both sides.

Yield: 16 medium patties (more if smaller, less, if you make them steak size

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Tasty Couscous Amazingness

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Since our last couscous recipe was so popular, we are sharing another. This one is just as easy and totally delicious. Yes, you're taste buds are ready for this one!
You can serve them as is, as the sidekick of rice quinoa or millet. Chop them on top of
pasta and smother them in rich delicious sauce, or use them in your next sandwich with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

1 cup couscous (soaked in 1 cup of boiling water as per package instructions)
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup sweet red pepper
1 medium onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stalk celery
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water or more if needed

In a blender or food processor with as little water as possible, process the veggies and the sesame seeds until you get a smooth paste.
Scrape into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and seasonings, pouring little bits of water as you combine them until you get a good dough.
Form patties with the dough of any size you like and place into a non-stick baking sheet.
Bake at 375ยบ F until golden on both sides, turning once.

Yield: 15 (medium sized patties, less if larger, more if smaller)

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