The Gastronomical Delights of Mung Bean Fettuccini

The Gastronomical Delights of Mung Bean Fettuccini

Argh, fettuccine just does not look like it should have two c's o me, but this is what google is telling me.  A few weeks ago, I came across Exas Organic Mung Bean Fettuccini, whose sole ingredients are mung beans and water.  I have no idea how that is even possible, but I guess that is why I am not in the business of making bean noodles.  Too bad, I could really use that bean noodle money to buy a yacht.  About to embark on my detox, I was intrigued. Not only is it gluten free, it is extremely high in both protein and fiber (25 & 11g, respectively).  What?!?  Those stats are nuts.  That is close to half to recommended amount for someone my size.  I figured it would likely taste awful and induce a gastrointestinal revolt.  I had to try it.  

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A Burger in Name, but Not in Spirit

A Burger in Name, but Not in Spirit

In spirit, these moist, flavorful gluten free patties are the amalgam of high-reaching hopes, the memento of crushed dreams.  They are the ghost of previous dinners that have gone by - of recipes that were intended, yet not to be.  It's leftovers.  Pitiful, abandoned leftovers and widowed ingredients, sitting in the fridge, watching their bodies decay faster than a drug-addicted starlet, waiting for their day of glory.  Their day of glory is finally here, because I am here to tell you that you should mash them up and make burgers.

My Detox Pinterest board is another landmine of fruitless daydreams - mainly in the form of delicious looking veggie burgers.  Somehow, all of them require buying ingredients I don't have laying around, and I hate doing that, because I know I will buy a handful of sage, use one sprig, have great intentions for the rest, and then 2 weeks later I find it shriveled and smashed beneath some oranges, those bullies.  I blame them entirely, and me not at all.  But after reading through a few recipes the other day, it occurred to me that the basic recipes were all the same: some grain, like quinoa or oats, an egg or two, maybe some oil, herbs and spices, perhaps a healthy flour binder, and a mashy thing, typically in the form of beans.  It's sad that it took me so long to grasp this, because to all other food bloggers it seemed to come pretty quickly.  So today, I was wondering what to make for a detox dinner, and I realized that I had a bunch of mashy things I needed to get rid of!  Oh happy day.  Bring on the burgers.

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