Crispy Mexican Black Bean Burgers

crispy black bean burger

Food isn’t only about flavor for me. It’s also texture. And that’s why I’ve never been a huge fan of black bean burgers. A burger shouldn’t have the texture of mashed potatoes. Know what I’m saying? And the surface shouldn’t be smooth and soft. Burgers should crumble. The edges should have a little crispy pieces that fall from the patty, fully of intense, savory, burger flavor. And burgers should be juicy – or at least not dry. This bean burger, maybe the 50th I’ve tried now, delivers on ...

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Mixed Grains Salad with Avocado, Black Beans and Grapes

Quinoa and millet salad with black beans and avocado, topped with nutritional yeast, and dressed with lime juice.

MIXED GRAINS SALAD WITH AVOCADO, BLACK BEANS, AND GRAPES Quick, healthy mixed grains salad of quinoa and millet tossed with black beans, avocado slices and grapes, dressed with lime juice and rice vinegar. It’s The Secret Recipe Club time again. For the uninitiated, we’re a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog in our group to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one to post about. But all month long, ...

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Vegiladas – Vegetarian Enchiladas: #SRC

Vegetarian enchiladas

  These are just the BEST. You can add meat or shrimp if you really must, but consider going completely meatless with these enchiladas. It's The Secret Recipe Club time again. For the uninitiated, we're a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog in our group to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one to post about. But all month long, we keep our assignment a secret until ‘reveal day’. It’s been a lot ...

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Vegan Quinoa-Black Bean Wraps & Hummus

Vegan wrap with quinoa, black beans, hummus, corn, and tomatoes.

#Secret Recipe Club: Vegan summer wrap of quinoa, black beans, hummus, corn, and tomatoes. Perfect for picnics or lunch on the go. It’s time again for our Secret Recipe Club  ’reveal day’. For the uninitiated, the Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 100 food bloggers, who are separated into four smaller blogging groups. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog in our group to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one to post about. But all month long, we keep our assignment a ...

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Black Bean-Avocado Tostadas with Cabbage

LR Guac and Black Bean Tostada slider

Healthy Mexican black bean and avocado tostada topped with cabbage salad. Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! In case you're looking for something easy to make tonight for dinner that's vegetarian and healthy, here's a great tostada. I had some fun with photos this time, so there are a lot more than I usually post. But it's such a colorful dish, I couldn't resist. First, start with some small sweet peppers and scallions. Chop them up and sauté them a bit. Add some black beans (I ...

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Skillet-Baked Corn Pudding

skillet baked corn pudding with black beans

Fluffy corn pudding with a soufflé-like consistency, laced with cheese and a little kick of roasted poblano heat. I recently received "The New Southwest - Classic Flavors with a Modern Twist" cookbook to review and instantly fell in love. It's by Meagan Micozzi of Scarletta Bakes blog fame, and I knew I'd love it by the title alone. Southwest flavors rank up there with Italian and Middle Eastern for me. In fact for my 50th birthday, we rented a house on the coast, invited a bunch of ...

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

slow-cooker black bean soup

Secret Recipe Club: Easy black bean soup cooked in the slow cooker! Eliminate the Chipotle Cream drizzle to veganize. I was hit with flu this week with all its fever, muscle aches, and generally feeling like roadkill regalia. In one short week I went from feeling a little smug for how healthy I've been this season to being thankful my will is up to date. It's hard to rally interest in cooking when you have a fever unless it's to fry an egg on your forehead while you remain in bed. And ...

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Black Bean, Tomatillo, and Corn Soup

Black Bean and Tomatillo Soup - The Wimpy Vegetarian

Hearty soup of black beans, tomatillos, corn, and tomatoes, topped with avocado, lime, cilantro, and chipotle sour cream. I was all set to go yesterday. I knew what I'd write about. The photo was ready - or well, as ready as it was going to be. A beautiful frittata I made last week with fresh peak-season veggies I'd made several times in my new frittata pan to get just right. I sat down at the computer, wrote up a post, attached the ...

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Chile Rellenos Egg Bake

Chiles Rellenos - Frittata Style

Egg bake dish packed with chile rellenos of poblano peppers stuffed with corn, black beans, and cheese. Looking for a holiday breakfast? Here's a great one I'm planning on. It's inspired by a recipe I saw in Sunset Magazine years ago for Baked Chiles Rellenos. The recipe is long-lost, but I'll always remember the photo: whole poblano chiles lazily reclining in puffy, cheesy, eggs. The baking powder in the recipe is what makes them fluffy, and my husband swore it was an egg ...

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