Lazy Sundays and Black Bean Burgers

Lazy Sundays and Black Bean Burgers

It is Sunday, the beginning of a new week, a day most of us take to relax, recoperate and hopefully cook some good food that sets us up for a healthy week ahead.  Now, I have mentioned before that I do not meal prep, meaning I do not individually package each of my meals for a whole week.  I don’t do this for a number of reasons BUT I do prepare a good amount of healthy foods that will last me about a week.  This week I made vegan blueberry muffins, pumpkin muffins, white bean blondies, black bean burgers and the a variation of the greek salad that I posted last week.

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 Pumpkin Muffins

I have never been a great cook or baker, I have been practicing a lot lately because I do enjoy it quite a bit, however I do still follow other people’s recipe’s.  Mostly, I get stuff from Pinterest and if I need to substitute ingredients then I do.  Some of the most common ingredients I substitute are the following:

Oil- Apple Sauce

All Purpose Flour- Whole Wheat Flour or Oatmeal (in the food processor)

Sour Cream- Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

Chocolate Chips-Nuts, berries or dark chocolate chips, which I pretend are healthier because I have a serious sweet tooth (balance, right?)

Milk- Almond Milk

Eggs- Flax Eggs

Sugar- Stevia or Honey

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Black Bean Burger Recipe 

Ingredients:

1 Can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed

2 carrots

1/2 red pepper

1/2 large onion

1 clove of garlic

2/3 cup of oatmeal, ground in a food processor

1 egg (or flax egg)

Directions:

Set oven to 375 degrees.  Grind oatmeal in a food processor and set aside.  Chop carrots, onion, red pepper and garlic and place in the food processor.  Process until smooth, about 1 minute.  Place this mixture in a strainer and remove as much moisture as possible.  In a separate bowl mash black beans with a fork, combine vegetable mixture, beans, egg and flour.  Form into 4-5 patties and place on a greased baking sheet, cook for 10 minutes on each side.  You can store these in the freezer or refrigerator for a couple of days, to heat just add a little olive oil in a pan and cook the patty until it is warm and browned on each side.  Serve over a salad, or just like a regular burger.

Enjoy!

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