Tuesday, July 15, 2008


While we were in Ithaca, I ordered a Black Bean Veggie Burger because I was feeling daring! I like black beans but thought it would be pretty boring. Too my surprise, it was delicious! The burger was topped with red onion, tomato, Montery Jack cheese and a Jamaican Jerk BBQ sauce. I decided to give it a try. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com. They turned out delicious! To go with it, I made a pasta salad which will follow.

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

15 Min
20 Min
35 Min
Original recipe yield 4 patties

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
2 eggs
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil 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 chili sauce.
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.
If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

Pasta Salad... A La Lynn

16 oz tri color pasta, cooked

Green Pepper, Red Pepper, Red Onion, Zucchini, Cucumbers, sliced olives, cherry tomatoes and a can of marinated artichiokes, drained, and whatever else you want to add.

1 bottle of Wishbone Bountifuls Tuscan Romano Basil salad dressing

Cut up all the vegetables into bite size pieces and put in a large bowl. Add the pasta and toss a bit with your CLEAN hands. Pour an entire bottle of the dressing into pasta salad mix and toss around. That's it! It was very flavorful and just right for a summer night when you don't have much time to spare!