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So Black Bean Burgers are First eh?

June 1, 2009

black bean burgers

Yep, as the first post of this new blog let me introduce to you some simple yet tasty black bean burgers, homemade sweet potato fries, and roasted brussel sprouts. As neither one of us has been to a grocery store in a couple weeks due to road trips, camping trips, sibling dance recitals in VA, concerts in Carrboro and all sorts of other shenanigans we are down to a few items of produce.

As for the burgers I used the recipe from Veganomicon. I’d only ever used the recipe from How It All Vegan  before. Each one’s tasty but for different reasons. This recipe includes vital wheat gluten which allows the mashed beans, breadcrumbs and spices to properly stick together. However, it is a tad bit goopy and smooshy. The HIAV recipe on the other hand tends to fall apart but avoids the smooshy phenomenon. Take your pick. I tend to prefer the stuff that sticks together better but I was also eating burgers made of meat all but 5 months ago too.

brussel sproutsRoasted brussel sprouts are a delicious and trusty side dish. Hopefully brussel sprouts are cheaper where you live because they’re a little expensive here in Greensboro, NC oddly enough. Preparation is pretty easy: Toss the sprouts chopped in half in a little olive oil and salt, pop em in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, add a couple cloves of garlic and toss some more. Roast for another 10 minutes or so until they’re browned.

I’d never made my own sweet potato fries (I believe Carrie had before) and I still haven’t because she prepared them. Again, preparation is real easy: Peel and thinly slice the sweet potatos (we only had one but I’d suggest 2 or 3 if you want more fries!), toss in olive oil, salt, and cinnamon. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20-25 minutes making sure to flip occasionally so they don’t stick. These came out crispy on the outside and super soft on the inside. Delicious!

sweet potato friesI personally love my black bean burgers with guacamole ontop and maybe some mango or pineapple salsa but, alas, none was to be had this go. I used a little vegannaise, ketchup, and chipotle mustard with sliced onions while Carrie used ketchup and brown mustard. Oh, I also threw a few fries on top too. BUT, I highly recommend you make some guac from scratch and add them as your main condiment for these. You will not be sorry you listened to vegan makeouts.

Happy Monday and happy first blog post!

~Michael

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