I really don't like heavy dinners.
They weigh you down, makes it harder to go to sleep.
About a year ago I got my braces. These braces made it difficult to eat meat. As a result I ate more vegetarian meals than usual. I also started not eating meat for dinner. Only veggies and non-meat protein. It has been awesome. I lost 15 pounds because of it, and I sleep so much better.
These black bean burgers are one of my dinner options. You eat them and don't feel gross and full - it is awesome. I didn't follow a recipe for them, just kind of threw some ingredients into a bowl and called it a burger - turned out so much better than I thought they would! Love when that happens! Also, you can make extra - keep the mixture in your fridge and cook them throughout the week, or make them into patties and freeze them for the future. I tripled this recipe and it made enough to feed our family with 7 people, and then froze 1/2 a dozen.
Black Bean Burgers
1/2 cup ground up oats or oat flour (I ground whole oats up in a food processor)
1/2 large zucchini, grated (on a grater or food processor with grater attachment)
1/2 large onion, grated
1 green onion, chopped small
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
handful of fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 lime juiced, or lemon
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano flakes
1/8 tsp pepper
pinch of cayenne
Mix all of the ingredients together in medium bowl until combined. Scoop out in 1/2 cup measurements and cook on a well oiled frying pan, over medium heat. 3-4 minutes on each side until browned. Gently flip the burgers - they are not as sturdy as your traditional meat burgers. Yo can eat them on a bun if you like, but I don't really eat that much bread so I prefer them on top of a bed of greens instead. Serve with salsa and avacados! You can also top them with cheese if you eat cheese. : )
Are you ready for Fall? I sure am!
Make these burgers, feel good about eating a healthy meal, listen to this song,
and eat your heart out!