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New Recipe & Picture Time: Black Bean Burgers (gluten-free)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hello! I hope you all have been well! I wish I could say I’m doing well, but I have been back on gluten for awhile until my biopsy. Let’s just say….it has NOT been fun. Only a little bit each day and yet every single horrible symptom is back.

I’m still eating mostly gluten-free and my meat hatred continues. What’s one to eat? Black bean burgers! I had to switch up my usual recipe as it contained flour.

Old Recipe:

This time around I started with a base of refried black beans. I found this can from Amy’s.

Delicious! To that I added some cooked brown rice, salsa, and garlic powder.

I use a burger press to make my burgers and one other essential thing. My husband! I dole out the mix while he presses them into burgers.

We are a great team! There’s a little parchment paper on the bottom of the container to help get them out when it’s time to cook.

The recipe makes four burgers, which is perfect since my burger press has four containers!

They just take a few minutes per side to cook in the pan.

On the side I had a mixture of steamed veggies and roasted sliced potatoes topped with garlic, chives, and parsley.

The flavor was absolutely phenomenal. However, it was missing the crunch factor of my previous burgers. Some diced bell pepper and/or onion would really add something to the texture department.

Gluten-Free Black Bean Burgers

1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup refried black beans (about ½ a can)
2 tbsp salsa
1 tsp garlic powder
(optional: add any diced veggies you like)

In a small bowl add the rice, beans, salsa and garlic powder and mix until combined. Form into 4 patties (it might make more depending on how many diced veggies you added).

In a large nonstick-skillet add oil or cooking spray and place over medium-heat. Add the patties and flatten if needed. Cook until browned, about five minutes per side.

I’m currently eating a Larabar. I finally found some of these newer flavors.

The first one I tried is the peanut butter chocolate chip, but it wasn’t as good as the peanut butter cookie. But then, peanut butter cookie is my favorite! And with only three ingredients (peanuts, dates, salt) you just can’t be any better!

I’m also listening to Point of Grace’s A Christmas Story. My absolute favorite Christmas album!

What is your favorite thing about this time of year?

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