Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Black Bean Burgers

I really enjoyed reading your comments to my last post.  There were a lot of thoughtful responses (which I love) and a lot of great food rules.  I encourage you to read the comments here.  While the jury is still out on the mystery cheese (vegan cheddar) I am still enjoying my vegan eats.  I can't really say that I have felt limited since I live in my own bubble. I bring my lunch to work daily and most of our friends and family already know that we have made some modifications in our foods, and the others just know that the food I eat is 'weird and healthy' and I'm perfectly fine with that.

Given my fear of mystery meat, I still wanted to make something that incorporated some protein that I could eat.  This week I cooked up a ton of black beans and I made my first attempt at Black Bean and Millet Burgers.
Serving suggestion ;)
Here is the recipe- it can use a few tweaks like more spice, but it worked for me and is a great base recipe.

Black Bean and Millet Burgers:
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1/2 cup cooked millet
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
*Place all ingredients in food processor and whirl until ingredients are combined
*Scoop the 'burgers' onto sprayed cookie sheet (my recipe made 5 large burgers)and bake at 370 degrees for 20 minutes
*Enjoy with your choice of sides

I baked these while I made my husband some baked chicken and some other sides.  I also popped in my Shape Pilates DVD and did a quick workout while my food baked- multi-tasking at its best!  While I was doing my DVD I was thinking about Melissa's post today about blog comparisons and how long people generally work out.  I used to work out for hours but now I keep my workouts to 60-90 minutes for yoga classes, or 30-40 minutes for cardio.  I know some bloggers spend a lot more time than this and a lot of 'real life' people spend a lot less than this and either extreme can create a triggering reaction.  It took a while, but when I read people's routines I think 'well that's nice' and love to read the variety and people's goals, but I don't internalize it.  Most of the time workout posts motivate me to try harder but I know my bad knees won't let me run a marathon, so I move on to the next delicious cookie post.

Question for you: Do you ever make your own burgers?  What kinds?


MelissaNibbles said...

I've never made my own burgers before. I've wanted to make black bean burgers though. Yours look great!

ashley@QuasiChick said...

I love to make my own..I have tried chickpea, blackbean, and a greek inspired w/ eggplant! They tate so much better then store bought

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Occasionally, in the summer I will make my own burgers. Nothing fancy, just lean ground beef, spices, etc..

Anne Marie said...

I love making chickpea burgers. They are amazing!

Mo Diva said...

Awesome! i have black bean burgers on my menu this week!
you are too cute!
the recipe sounds great btw

Cookette said...

I love your blog! I think it's great that you have been doing the vegan challenge. I have been thinking about trying a vegan diet for a while now. Good luck with the challenge! I am sure you will do great :)

michelle @ Housewife in the Raw said...

I do make black bean burgers. They are so easy and tasty. I tried making a raw (veggie) burger once and it didn't go so well. Some things need to be cooked. :)

Laura said...

I just did a Shape DVD last night... it was some bikini body dance one... I think I would have preferred yours, haha. I love that you love Sharkies too! Hardly anyone in my life even knows what they are. I've never had stingers before... what are they like?