Veggie Burgers

3 c cooked lentils

1 c plain bread crumbs

3 egg whites

1 c fresh spinach, cooked -- finely chopped

1/2 c carrots, cooked -- chopped

1/2 c green onion -- chopped

1 c cheddar cheese (about 4 oz.) -- shredded

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

8 whole-wheat buns

CATSUP MAYONAISSE (Optional): 1 c light mayonnaise

2 Tbsp mustard

2 Tbsp catsup

1) Combine lentils, bread crumbs, egg whites, spinach, carrot, onion, Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Shape into 6 equal patties. Place on a baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2) Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add burgers; cook 6 minutes, turning over once halfway through cooking.

3) Meanwhile, if preparing the mayonnaise, mix together mayonnaise, mustard and catsup in a small bowl.

4) Place burgers in buns and serve with mayonnaise if using.

Nutrient Value Per Serving: 424 calories, 24 g protein, 11 g fat, 60 g carbohydrate, 918 mg sodium, 20 mg cholesterol.

Exchanges: 3 and 1/2 starch/bread, 1 and 1/2 meat, 1/3 vegetable, 1 and 1/4 fat.

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