If you are like me, than you eat a lot of homemade black bean burgers. (What’s that? You’ve never tried a homemade black bean burger? Sad. So sad. Well never fear, I’ve got a recipe for that too. Just view this post. You’ll thank me!)
Anyways, like I was saying…As a vegetarian, black bean burgers are a staple in my house for a quick and healthy lunch. As much as I enjoy them, I try to stay away from the store bought veggie products because they are loaded with sodium. And besides, homemade food is typically better for you because you use a lot less ingredients (all convenience foods have preservatives of some kind!)
Even though I love em, the black bean burger can get a little old. So this week, when I stumbled up this recipe for a Sweet Potato Falafel Burger, I knew I had to give it a try! I found this recipe on Oh My Veggies. I signed up for their weekly emails because they always send out such creative and unique recipes.
These burgers were wonderful! I followed the blogger’s advice of first letting the mixture chill before I cooked them and they turned out perfect. I topped them with Veganaise (I didn’t have anything to make taziki), cucumbers, pickles and spicy peppers (I would have loved some of the spicy turnips that are traditionally served with Falafel, but the hot peppers will do in a pinch).
I served mine on a bun, but it would have also been good on sliced bread or in a wrap. Give this recipe a try, even if you aren’t vegetarian. Try a “meatless Monday” meal, or make up a batch for quick and easy lunches. You won’t be disappointed!
In other food news, if you remember from my last installment of Blogger Bites, I shared a new, no-knead bread recipe.
You guys. You have no idea how this recipe has changed my life! I love bread. I adore it. I want to marry it and have little bread babies. It’s absolutely my favorite. But, I’ve never been a bread baker. I’ve always said it was because I didn’t have the “knack” for it, but let’s be honest. I just didn’t’ have the gumption to give it the ole’ Harvard try. In other words, all that kneading and waiting really bummed me out.
But this recipe. Let me tell you. Game changer.
It literally couldn’t be more simple, as the dough comes together in less than 5 minutes. After making a plain old white loaf, I decided to experiment. I made this variation.
I made the second loaf to go along with brunch that I had planned for a friend and I to get our kids together. I am proud to say that together, we polished off over half the loaf. I love a girl that can eat her carbs and not follow it up with some sort of statement about how she needs to work out (you’re my kind of girl, Sheila).
With the leftovers, I made the most incredible grilled cheese sandwiches the next day for lunch. It made me so sad to have to share with my kids (hey, just being honest).
If you’ve never baked bread before, whether it’s because of lack of skill or lack of interest, this recipe is for you. There are no end to the ways you can mix it up (next time I want to do a rosemary cheddar), and it is virtually fool proof. Give it a try!