Monday, November 8

Vegan Black Bean Burgers

This past week I had a hankering for something filling and flavorful.  Typically I would make a yummy salmon or chicken dish, but my diet has altered a bit of late.  Growing up, I willingly called myself a carnivore.  I definitely enjoyed the flavor of beef, chicken and fish.  Currently though I have been avoiding animal protein and eating more of a vegan diet.  So these tasty foods were out the question when considering flavorful and filling options...

It's been quite a journey, but I have to say that lately my body has shown some amazing improvements!  I truly believe avoiding animal proteins has greatly helped with this.  My little stomach as well as my intestines haven't had to work as hard to digest.  My theory is that because my body isn't putting all its effort into creating enzymes to break down the food I'm eating and/or working at it for hours at a time, it can focus on other functions that are vital for maintaining a healthy body!  So, anyways that's a tid bit behind why I'm eating vegan!

For today's recipe I give you a tasty vegan meal that fits the "filling and flavorful" criteria perfectly.  This recipe has a bit of freedom to it, as you'll see.  Don't be intimidated by the lack of measurements for the seasonings and spices, just have fun with it.  Personalize it and satisfy your own palette!

{Vegan Black Bean Burgers}

~makes 12 "Patties"

1 can of Organic Black Beans
1 Fresh Tomato chopped
1 Garlic Clove diced
2 TBSP chopped White Onion
2 chopped Green Onions
2 Whole Carrots diced
1 Cup Sunflower Seeds

*add to taste

Pink Sea Salt
Garlic Salt
Fine Black Pepper
Crushed Chili Pepper
Chili Powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Blend the Sunflower Seeds in a blender until mostly ground and set aside.  Drain the Black Beans and pour into your blender.  Add the ground Sunflower Seeds, chopped Tomato, Garlic, Green Onion and all the spices/seasonings you want to your blender and blend! Pour into a small bowl and add the well diced Carrots and White Onion. Stir well to create a thick consistency.  Scoop 1 to 2 TBSPs onto a lightly greased baking sheet.  Use the spoon to shape the mixture like a patty.  Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until baked all the way through!

I like to create my "burger" by placing the patty on a piece of toasted Udi's whole grain bread with mustard, ketchup, fresh spinach and a few thin slices of avocado. YUM! I was so surprised by how much it tasted like a regular meat patty. Nutritious and tasty, yes please!


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Mary said...

Oh, yum! I love veggie burgers that are actually big and thick..unlike those flimsy lil frozen ones. Love the addition of the sunflower seeds!

Sweet and Savory said...

Hi, I just printed this. It would make such a nice dinner, one night and it looks easy to make. Just what we need.

Thanks for linking up to My Meatless Mondays.

Judee said...

They look easy to make and very tasty. I will have to give them a try..

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking about the black bean burgers at a local restaurant. These sound like a pretty good burger without the driving or expense of eating out.

Linda said...

I'm glad to hear that you're doing well physically. That's always good. Your burger looks delicious, and I'm not fond of beans. Great photos.

Anonymous said...

I can completely relate to being a carnivore yet making a move towards vegan and vegetarian eating. Thanks for posting this recipe. I'll be trying it out tonight.

{Livin' a sweet and salty life} said...

Aw yay! I hope it was tasty! :)

Sophie said...

Your home made black bean burgers rock, tasty!

{Livin' a sweet and salty life} said...

Oh Sophie you tried them! I'm so glad you enjoyed them! :)

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