Spiced Up Black Bean Burgers

I’ve posted a black bean burger recipe before and that recipe is delicious, despite the fact that the photo I posted there is atrocious. But, today I wanted to make black bean burgers and I didn’t have all those ingredients.

This recipe is much simpler

This recipe does not have bread crumbs and is therefore gluten free

This recipe does not have eggs and hence is vegan

This recipe is still really tasty

And a little spicy too

Spiced Up Black Bean Burgers

Makes 3 burgers

1/4 of a medium red onion

2-3 gloves garlic

1/2 a small jalapeno pepper (save the other half for a garnish!)

1 (15oz) can black beans

1/2 cup rolled oats

Juice of half a lime

1/4-1/2 a tsp salt (I used a mix of  kosher and seasoned salt)

1 tsp dried cilantro

A few drops of my latest obsession

1 tablespoon olive oil

Place the onion, garlic, and jalapeno, in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Add beans and oats and blend until combined. Transfer mixture into a boil and add remaining ingredients (except the oil). Heat the oil in a saute pan on medium heat. Form the bean mixture into 3 patties and saute until heated through, 5 or so minutes on each side. Serve!

*for a chunkier texture only put 1/2-2/3 of the beans in the food process and stir in the remaining beans after you transfer the mixture into a bowl.

These would be delicious topped with guacamole and caramelized onions. Then again, what isn’t delicious topped with guac and caramelized onions?

Fudge and Finals

Hey There.

Sorry for the absence, school and sleep have been priorities recently. I absolutely cannot wait for Christmas break. Thursday at 9:45 A.M. I will be a very happy and relieved foodie. Of course before break starts, I have 5 midterms looming in front of me. At my school there’s not getting exempt until senior year, regardless of how high your grades are. Of course, to be a bit more optimistic, the stress of finals make Christmas even sweeter. I have been working on doing other things besides just typical studying in order to perform optimally on my exams. Some things I have been working on:

1) getting plenty of sleep

2) eating good healthy, filling food at all meals.

Such as this lovely salad I took for lunch yesterday, featuring plenty of leafy greens, carrots, avocado and pecans.

3) focusing on being efficient while studying and not being distracted (Which includes things such as signing off Facebook)

4) being organized

5) studying in different ways; aloud, notecards, draw pictures, whatever I can possible do to remember a lot of information

6) taking study breaks that include making yummy Christmas-y desserts :)

Such as almost vegan fudge, based on this recipe

1 cup extra dark chocolate chips*

1/3 cup plus a splash of coconut milk (full fat)

a shy 1/4 cup peanut butter (about 1/6th a cup)

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to to microwave and stir for 15-30 second intervals until everything if fully melted. Pour in a small foil lined pan. Put in the fridge to harden for about an hour. Cut into squares and enjoy!

*because of the chocolate I used my fudge was not completely dairy free, however use different chocolate and it could be totally dairy free and vegan. Also, the ingredients could easily be doubled and it would probably fit nicely into an 8×8 pan.

Rich, Chocolately, and Delectable

Any other study tips?

Enjoy your Saturday!

~Ann Claire