Thursday, March 25, 2010

Black Bean Burgers

Good morning everyone! Thank you for all the comments on meat verses no meat yesterday! You all are so insightful and I think we all basically feel the same way. Meat should be bought responsibly, as much as possible, which is why when I get back from vacation I will be buying up a whole bunch from Whole Foods. (Like some of your suggested!) I feel bad sometimes that Danny is getting gypped from eating meat at dinner most nights of the week; then I think about how it cuts carbon emissions when you reduce the amount of meat in your diet and I don't feel as bad. 

Yesterday I went to the gym after school to hit up a quick session on the elliptical. I caught some of Jessica Simpson's, The Price of Beauty and watched some of Ellen. The Price of Beauty seemed really interesting, she was in Paris learning about what beauty means to them, which is confidence. I only saw about 10 minutes of it, so I can't really give a full report. And then I watched the beginning of Ellen. Did anyone else see this? I was laughing so hard at the gym with the blind folded musical chairs. 

When I got home I did some yoga stretching and then cooked dinner. It was quick, but I was pretty impressed with it. I decided to make vege stuffed red peppers and some black bean burgers.  I had a recipe from Aviva at The Scramble, which she so nicely sent me.  I didn't have all of the ingredients, since I'm emptying out my cabinets this week so I improvised. I thought this may come out like my last flop, but it didn't!

Vegan Black Bean Burgers!
adapted from The


15 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup diced tomatoes OR 1 Tbsp. tomato paste or salsa (I used diced tomatoes)
1/4 red onion, minced (1/2 cup) 
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbs of flax seeds, in 2 tbs water (let sit for 10 minutes)
1/4 cup dry polenta
sea salt and pepper
5 Mary's Gone Crackers, crumbled up OR 1/4 cup whole grain breadcrumbs

Mix ingredients in food processor until chunky. Form into about 6 patties. Preheat a pan on medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Cook patties on each side for about 6-7 minutes. 
Obviously I ate WAY more than this..

I need to start packing for our vacation asap. The lists are flowing. What are your essentials for vacation packing?? Have a great Thursday, 2 days till the weekend!! 

And a special CONGRATS to my sister who got a 2nd interview for an internship with MTV this summer. Let's keep our fingers crossed she gets it!!


estela @ Weekly Bite said...

I've always wanted to make my own bean burgers! These look great!

I'm keep my fingers crossed for your sister!! That would be an incredible experience to intern for MTV!!!

pegasuslegend said...

All I can say is I wish I can eat at your house every night, after years of cooking like my mom, and now batteling with high BP and cholestral (hereitary) eating healthy should always start at a young age, and you are well on your way thanks for this its perfect for me~

Simply Life said...

YUM! Those look great!

Anonymous said...

Those burgers look great, maybe I will try one tonight! The pictures came out really well. The new camera really makes a difference!


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said...

Ooh, home-made bean burgers must be amazing!
(FYI: Not like you need it with a processor but Mary's Gone Crackers is actually coming out with Mary's "crumbs"!)

Katherine said...

I never thought to put Mary's in the processor! That is such a great idea (I don't want to make my own burgers because I don't want to buy each individual seed type; problem solved!). Glad I saw this post!

Stacy said...

I have never tried to make bean burgers--it might be time. Thanks!

lynn @ the actors diet said...

i'm packing right now too - even though it's only for a stay across time, it's taking forever!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Hi, this is my 1st time here, I like your blog header, a green apple sound refreshing and healthy. I will come back more often to check what you cooking the next! Have a nice weekend ahead.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

the burgers look great and to answer your question re slippage, see my yoga post and look for the Lumi Towel that I discuss. It's a sand-colored towel and i link to them, the BEST thing ever. Everything else, chalk, bags of this or that, just hocus pocus but the lumi towel is awesome and ive had mine for 8-10 yrs, and it's been washed 100s of times, still going strong

Hollafoodzone said...

Those look pretty good - and easy!

Christine said...

Those look a lot better then the first ones we tried haha

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Congrats to your sister and to you for these YUM looking burgers! And so easy!

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