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Black Bean Burgers

I’ve been pretty busy recently– classes have started for the spring semester, and I’ve had some gigs recently, so between school, music, and taking care of Emmett, I am staying really busy! Our suppers recently have been mostly easy, quick-to-put-together meals. One of my favorite easy vegetarian recipes is bean burgers. My favorite actual bean burger recipe is the Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomicon (by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero). I’ve made that recipe so many times, and have adapted it freely to suit my tastes. First, I’ve found that canned chickpeas are too hard to mash up with a potato masher, so I usually use either black beans or cannellini beans instead. Also, I like to add other things– usually onion, some kind of veggies, and seasonings. I’ve never made these burgers the same way twice– I like to have fun with adding new things every time. My bean burgers now only vaguely resemble that original recipe– the only main resemblance is the liberal use of vital wheat gluten to hold it all together. Here’s how I made them tonight:

Black Bean Burgers

  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • about 1/2 cup (or slightly more) vital wheat gluten
  • about 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (or to taste)
  • about 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 small leek, finely chopped
  • a dash of tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • about 1/3 cup Italian-flavored breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • generous dashes of garlic powder and paprika
  • sliced avocado and mozzarella cheese
  • sesame oil (or olive oil) for greasing the pans

Preheat the oven to 400. Mash up the beans with a potato masher, and then mix in the nutritional yeast, salt, mushrooms, leeks, breadcrumbs, cottage cheese, and seasonings. Finally, mix in the vital wheat gluten; it should all start to cling together. Add tomato juice if you need more liquid. Shape into patties, and put in a greased pan (I used sesame oil). Coat both sides of the patties with the oil. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the patties are starting to look crisp on the outside. Put the sliced avocado and mozzarella cheese on top of the patties, and leave in the oven until the cheese is melted.

And, there’s an exciting new development in our household: Emmett now is extremely interested in food!! It happened almost overnight. As I’ve mentioned before, he was having a really hard time getting used to the taste and texture of pureed foods. Finally we decided to just move on from pureed foods, and instantly he has been a wonderful eater! He likes being able to pick the food up with his fingers, and put it in his mouth. First, he got used to eating the little “puff” baby cereal, which melts on your tongue. Once he got used to that, he quickly moved on to other foods! He still can’t really chew pieces of food yet, so I’m mashing up his food or giving him only really tiny pieces of mushy foods, but he is doing great!! It is so exciting. Tonight he ate mostly the same food as we did: mashed black beans, avocado, green beans, and brown rice. He loved the black beans!! (He really only ate the black beans, ignoring everything else on his plate, even when I tried turning the plate around so he would notice the other things.) And today at lunch, I gave him some very tiny pieces of strawberry, and he completely devoured them! I think that was his favorite food yet!

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February 10, 2010 Posted by | baby food, food, parenting, recipes | , , , | Leave a comment