The real test will be tomorrow. I have a one-month membership to a local gym (thank you, Groupon). A friend of mine swears by a certain 630am class… and I committed to meeting her there tomorrow. At 630am.
I can’t remember the last time I woke up that early.
The icing on the cake is that I haven’t tried spinning since high school. I made it through one class, then vowed “never again”
after it left my crotch feeling bruised.
If last week was Indian week, then this week is faux-burger week.
Last night being burger-less became unbearable.
There is no way I can chew a real burger (plus I’m not so sure I want to go back to red meat), but a soft, black bean burger seemed do-able. Off to the kitchen I went to create.
The result was awesome. I couldn’t stop at just the burger. Inspired by the recent
over-saturation onslaught of burger-creations in Atlanta, I added a fried egg and some tasty (mayo-free!), spicy pimento cheese.
Paycheck Foods had a tasting this weekend where I was able to try American Gra-frutti’s “They’ll Never Know” gluten-free chocolate chip cake. It was awesome. Not too sweet and, as promised, I would have never known there was anything different about it.
The burgers are vegan… the egg on top notsomuch.
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
- 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 carrot
- 1/4 C fresh parsley
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 T olive oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 C red onion, chopped
- 1/3 C whole wheat panko
- S + P, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor and blend until coarsely chopped. Add spices, blending once more and adjusting to taste. Incorporate the onion and panko at the end, blending just a moment (if you, like me, prefer a little texture). Salt and pepper to taste.
Place on lined (or non-stick) baking sheet and cook for ~45 mins (or until firmed up), flipping 30 mins in.
Makes 4 burgers.
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