Well, it’s been a while folks. But, I’m back! There’s nothing like a “My 600-lb Life”-marathon on TLC to put me in the mood for cooking. Not gonna lie, I’m a little embarrassed by my viewing pleasure the past 2 hours. But hey, I enjoyed my relaxation, so that’s all that counts!
With that said, I decided to go with something healthy for dinner this evening – veggie burgers! I love my meat, but I’m also perfectly content eating vegetarian – as long as it’s good eats. I decided to experiment and make my own recipe this evening. After perusing Foodgawker.com, I came up with the following.
15.5 oz can of black beans
½ cup corn
½ chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 small sweet potato
½ cup quinoa
3 tablespoons of corn starch
3 tablespoons of ketchup
First, I cooked my quinoa and potato. I cooked ½ a cup of dry quinoa – this makes about 1 cup of cooked quinoa—so you will have leftovers to make something else for another meal. While my quinoa cooked away, I chopped my onions and garlic. Then, I mashed my beans in a mixing bowl. After the quinoa was cooked, I added the quinoa and cooked sweet potato to my beans, and then mashed things a bit more. Then, I added the rest of the ingredients. To thicken things up, I added a little cornstarch. Instead of cornstarch, you could use flour or another thickening agent. Just get the consistency thick enough to form patties. Oats would have been a nice thickener. Too bad I thought of that after I went to the store.
I preheated my oven to 400 degrees. Then, I formed my patties and put them on an oiled cooking tray. A little oil won’t hurt you folks! Oil works best for a recipe like this, cause it gives your burgers a little crunch on the outside. I cooked the burgers about 15 minutes on each side. Then, I topped things off with some cheese and popped the patties under the broiler for a few minutes. In my opinion, cheese makes any meal divine. As the final adornment to my creation, I added some avocado and ketchup. Best of all, I now have lunch for the rest of the week!