Light Lunches

Light Lunches


Try these spicy burgers with crispy salad for a tasty, light lunch.

For the burgers

  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tsp harissa
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil, for frying

For the salad

  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 carrot, shaved into ribbons with a peeler
  • 1 courgette, shaved into ribbons with a peeler
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 handfuls from a bag of watercress, rocket & spinach
  • 1 tsp each hemp or rapeseed oil and white wine vinegar

Tip the chickpeas, garlic, egg, almonds, harissa and cumin into a bowl and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Stir in the parsley. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and dollop in the mixture in 8 big spoonfuls, spaced apart. Cook for 5 mins on each side.

For the salad, toss the raisins and all the veg together, but don’t dress with the oil and vinegar until you are about to eat. Serves 2

Or this tasty bean salad with a yoghurt and avocado dressing

  • 2 round wholemeal pitta breads, split in half and cut into triangles
  • 200g frozen broad beans
  • 1 avocado, flesh scooped out
  • small pack parsley
  • 8 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest of ½, juice of whole
  • 2 Little Gem lettuces, roughly chopped
  • 400g can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 10 radishes, halved

Heat grill to high. Spread the pitta triangles out in a shallow baking tray. Toast for a couple of mins to crisp, turning once. Once toasted, remove and place to one side.

Drop the broad beans in boiling water and cook for 2-3 mins, then drain and remove the bright green pod from the hard outer shell.

In a blender, whizz together the avocado, parsley, yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and zest and seasoning.

Put the remaining ingredients in a bowl, except the cress. Toss together with the avocado and yogurt dressing, eat with toasted pittas. Serves 4