Yummy Black Bean Burger


What you need:
2 cans of black beans ( need 1.5 cans) drained & rinsed
Oatmeal 1/2-3/4 cups
Mushrooms about 1 1/2 -2 cups
minced garlic
Red bell pepper ( I only used 1/4 of it)
1 Egg
Hamburger buns
Olive oil
Seasonings & spices I used salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

I found the recipe on Women’s Health , I changed & added some stuff. That’s one thing I love about cooking. You can play around with flavors based on what you like. Make swaps, add seasonings, have fun & experiment while cooking!

*I found the recipe it was a little to watery and mushy. So I added some more oatmeal and mushrooms.

Place half the black beans, mushrooms, oatmeal, garlic, seasonings, & egg in a blender or food processor until mixed. Add other half of black beans and pulse until mixed or you can just stir so they don’t break up.I like when some black beans are whole.

You can either make these in a pan, grill pan or like I did oven.
Preheat oven to 350
Coat a cookie sheet with olive oil or cooking spray. Form patties and place on cookie sheet.
Put in oven for about 20-30 minutes. You want them to be firm.
If you want cheese, add cheese the last few minutes until melted.

I toasted my onion bun, placed spinach on top, placed black bean burger, top with avocado salsa mash.

I took half and avocado mash with fork until your desired consistency ( i like it a bit chunky) and added 1-2 tablespoons of salsa.

I served mine with sauteeed zucchini.



Have you tried or made a black been burger before? How did you like it?

Vegetable barley – One pot dinner

Another goodie
I made this months ago but it was saved to my drafts.


Vegetable barley skillet

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 bell peppers, any color, chopped into small pieces
2 cups (1 container) mushrooms (white or baby bella), sliced or chopped
3 cloves (or more to taste) garlic, pressed or very finely chopped
1 cup uncooked barley
1-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 box frozen spinach, (Or use fresh greens – spinach, kale, or swiss chard)
1 can small white or navy beans
1 – 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in halves
1/2 cup (or more to taste) grated parmesan cheese

Black bean, zucchini , & sweet potato soup

What’s not to love about this soup?
It has vitamin D, B6,and C which help keep our bones strong and aid in healthy immunity.

Then black beans for fiber and protein.

I switched it up a little.
I added a zucchini and instead of cayenne pepper I used chili powder.

What I used :
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion diced
Garlic minced
2 tsp cumin
4 cups broth (probably added more didn’t measure)
2 cans 15oz black beans
2 medium sweet potatoes , medium dice / bite size
Salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkled in chili powder probably 1 tsp

Then topped it off with diced avocado .


Check out the recipe here
Not the prettiest soup but was very good and filling.
Plus quick , easy , and healthy.


Black bean and brown rice burgers

Black Bean & Brown Rice burgers

Easy, cheap, fast, yummy!

Another pinterest find I found and tried- it’s a winner!

All you need is brown rice, black beans, onion, olive oil, & zucchini.

I also added some garlic, pepper, chili powder

Put on a some spinach & squeezed some lime when it was done.


Using my new grilling pan from Vocalpoint & Farberware ๐Ÿ™‚


Cook about 1/2 cup of brown rice according to directions. Set aside and let cool off

Dice up an onion and half of a zucchini, put in pot until soft/ brown

Then add 2 cups of black beans 5-7 minutes

Take 2/3 of the mixture and put it in a blender ( this helps make the patties stay together)

Put back in bowl, mix in rice and allow to cool

Put oil in pan, form patties and cookย  about 5 minutes on each side

Place on a bed of spinach or lettuce and enjoy.

I had an avocado to put on top but was so hungry I forgot about it.

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Grilling pan from Farberware ( & Vocalpoint) was so easy to clean up, one wipe and it was clean. I was also expecting some sticking because of the blended beans but nothing.You will read more about me using this grilling pan ๐Ÿ™‚

Winner winner chicken dinner

Two new and yummy dinners so far this week.
First one was a vegetable tian with potatoes, Roma tomatoes, onion, zucchini , squash, topped with parm cheese.

I just ate it for dinner but would be a great side dish too.


Sadly I don’t have a final one . I think I put too much veggies and had to cook it longer and I was starving.


The second dish is chicken sausage brown rice stuffing with celery & mushrooms.



I kept the rice separate , turned out great and full of flavor!

What’s cookin- vegetarian

So I’ve been finding all these recipes from pinterest and I thought this one was so delish. It is also very filling.

Black Bean Fritters!

What do you need :

3 cups of black beans

1 yellow pepper, diced into small pieces

1 small diced onion

2 garlic cloves minced

large tomato, diced

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

3 tablespoons all purpose unbleached flour
2 eggs, room temperature
Sea salt and black pepper
Oil for frying- I used olive oil.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl & season with salt & pepper.
In a large skillet add oil on medium heat
When hot add tablespoons of bean mixture, I did heaping tablespoons
Cook on each side for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
Place fritters on paper towel.
I made 20-27 of themย  >> Lunch tomorrow for me ๐Ÿ™‚
Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
1/2ย  Greek yogurt
1 small garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon sugar
Sea salt and black pepper
Blend all the ingredients for a smooth consistency. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
Options : Add 1/2 small green chili, seeded and finely chopped to sauce
Instead of Greek yogurt you can use sour cream.


Lentil tacos never know the difference


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup yellow onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt, to taste

1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed well

taco seasoning

2 and 1/2 cups vegetable broth

Garnishes I used:

Guacamole, cucumber, lettuce, olives, vegan cheese


In saute pan add oil over medium heat

Add onion, garlic, salt and cook until onion is soft

Add lentils & taco seasoning, mix well.

Stir in vegetable broth.

Reduce heat, cover. Check lentils and stir occasionally to avoid burning for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove cover, allow to thicken about 7 minutes

Transfer to bowl and use a potato masher to gently mash to your desired consistency.

Now make your taco! Use hard shells or wraps ๐Ÿ™‚