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Food Day!

One of my favorites for a quick vegan friendly meal: Black Bean Burgers.

The recipe is modified and simplified from the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen’s own Red Bean Chipotle Burgers.

  • 1 onion, halved – the size of the ball of a lady’s foot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups black beans
  • 1/2 cup dry uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice – any flavor
  • 1-3 chipotles, chopped fine (from canned chipotles in mole sauce) Pick your hotness factor
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1/8 cup flour (I used whatever is available.  You can also use extra oatmeal)
  • Your favorite spices.  I like cumin and paprika, salt and pepper.  Mrs. Dash is awesome.

Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Process the onion and garlic until very fine, then process your beans.

Add the rest of your ingredients and process until the consistency looks like a thick refried bean.   It will cling to the back of a spoon in very very heavy globs.   If it’s too thick, add more salsa, if it’s too thin, add more beans and/or oatmeal.
Grease a cookie sheet lightly  and dollop a burger sized pat out on it.  it helps to grease your spoon a bit beforehand, so the bean mixture won’t stick.

Cook for 15 minutes on each side.  Burgers are done when they are firm with a little bit of give  in the middle.  Let stand a few minutes to cool and they’ll harden up.  Overcooking makes them gross.  Ion’t do it.

they are best fresh, but they freeze really well for a filling lunch at work.

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Tuesday Food Day

I like to make things for entertaining.  Today I will share with you the Rosalyn Carter’s Plains Cheese Ring.

1 pound cheddar cheese, very old, sharp grated

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup pecans chopped

1/2 cup onions very finely chopped

1 x black pepper fresh

1 dash cayenne pepper

12 ounces pepper jelly

Crackers

In a mixing bowl, combine cheese with mayonnaise, chopped nuts and onions.  Chill 1 hour.  Eat.

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Daily Short

Today, I reheated some rather amazing frozen tamales.  They smelled great and tasted good too.  I like to put a little salsa on them, because I am that kind of person.  I brought the jar to my desk, dumped a fair quantity out and started eating.

As soon as I had the food in my mouth, someone essentially came into my office from the street, looked at my plate and asked where I got them.  I told them I got them at a local natural grocer, at which point he said he had one from that very store on this day and his didn’t look like mine–his did not come with salsa.

I pointed to the jar on my desk and said that no one serves them with salsa when they are frozen, you add it later.

He said he wished he thought of that.

I think I’m onto something.

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