I am always trying to help my family eat healthier.
Most of the time, I'd say we eat ok.
But I often feel like we should eat less meat.
We don't really NEED meat in every meal,
just a good protein right?
that question is for all you dietitians out there, I am actually asking!
Besides that, after watching "Food Inc"
I am honestly a little afraid of non-free range/grass fed beef and chicken.
But we can't really afford to eat high-end meat every day.
That's another story for another day though.
Back to the point.
The challenge is that my Chase, although he wouldn't admit it,
is a picky eater.
So I have to make sure any super healthy, nutrient rich food I serve is DELICIOSO.
(so as to keep my hungry husband on board with the whole "eat healthy" thing)
Well, I think this recipe was a success.
Delicious. Healthy. Filling.
And so did Mr. Chase-food critic himself
You'll have to try it!
Black Bean Burgers
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed**
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less depending on taste)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
* I soaked and cooked my own dried beans.
SUPER EASY, delicious, healthier and cheaper! Just google how to do it.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly grease a baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
- In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
- In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
- Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties. The key is to really pack it together. Think big, because they shrink a little.
- Place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
- Top with cheese,spinach, sliced tomato, and avocado and serve on a whole wheat bun.