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Toni’s Tasty Tip Tuesday:) Vegan Black Bean Burgers

31 Dec

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.”

Bethenny Frankel

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A great way to end the old year and start the new year is deciding to eat healthier and take better care of yourself. Food is a good way to start.

I’m visiting with my sister for a few days before I go back home to Texas, One of the things we wanted to do is to try making our own black bean burgers. She looked up a few recipes, and we kind of added our own flare. (I don’t follow recipes well.)

The first thing JoAnn did was to rinse and soak the black beans last night. Yes, starting from scratch. No canned stuff for us. She cooked them this morning, so they were ready to use by the afternoon. I’d share the recipe, but we didn’t exactly measure. But, I know most of the ingredients. I think?

One big pot of black beans. We used about 6 cups.

Chop fine 1/2 red onion, a few carrots, a handful of mushrooms, 1/2 bag of frozen corn, 4 cloves of garlic, Sauté in a little vegetable broth. While I was sautéing the vegetables, Jo was smooshing the beans with a masher, (that’s a professional cooking term…smooshing.) we added some cumin, smoked paprika, pepper, onion powder, low sodium soy sauce, and some hot sauce.

The binder was 2 tbsp.flax seed mixed with about 5 tbsp. water (let sit to thicken) and about 2 cups of ground oats. Mix that all up and let sit a bit.

For the patties, we mooshed ball sized rounds, bigger than golf and smaller than tennis balls. Then, squish, form a patty, and put on a plate of bread crumbs and flip. Place on plastic wrap in piles of 4 or 6 to freeze extra for the future.

We had no idea what we were doing, but the ingredients were all good and healthy, so what could go wrong?

JoAnn cooked them in a frying pan with a tiny bit of oil until crispy, with a side of spring greens on a slice of whole wheat toast. They were DELICIOUS!

It was a big productions and we made a huge mess, but I think they turned out great. She has about 20 patties in the freezer for future meals.

I’m not saying that I’m going to become a vegetarian or vegan, but I think if I have some healthier alternatives, I’ll try to incorporate them into my lifestyle. But, I’m still going to need pizza, burgers, fries, and some chicken fried chicken, fried okra and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy every now and then. Just sayin’! .

Old photo from this summer at The Pantry on the McKinney Square. Oh no, this is making me hungry.

Happy New Year’s Eve, my friends. I hope your new year is a healthy and happy one.