I am sitting at my desk with my morning tea, with Captain (our shady cat) trying to snuggle on my computer. It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day.
Today is a big day for the hubs and me. Today is our one year anniversary of being in Oklahoma.
It’s a little surreal.
I am finally at the point where I can say I like it here. I enjoy Oklahoma, I enjoy the people I have met and I am thankful for living here because it opened my heart to yoga, climbing, hiking and gave me the chance to meet some amazing new friends.
I would count this year a success. Sure, I am a little disenchanted with the graduate school ordeal but I learned so much about myself this year and I am unsure if I could have grown as much any place else.
A friend reminds me that this Thursday is the 4th of July while I am chatting with her on facebook. Wow. How time has flown! I remember last 4th of July; we had just moved in, our family left to go back home after helping us move in and we felt incredibly vulnerable and alone.
Thankfully we had made a few acquaintances (who turned into some of our best friends) who invited us to hang out with them.
Last 4th of July was the start of our life in Oklahoma.
This 4th of July will be just as great and fulfilling. A lot of our friends have left but a lot have stayed as well. We will fill our hearts with laughter, our eyes with fireworks and our bellies with the best black bean burgers in town.
Make these and fall in love.
Black beans are an amazing source of protein and fiber which are two things people love asking vegetarians about, “Hey how do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat?” Disbelievers, meet black beans!
Black beans make you feel fuller for longer, help regulate your body’s glucose level and all that fiber in black beans keeps cholesterol at good levels which in turn is great for you cardiovascular system. Plus it’s a great source of iron (I am anemic so finding iron in food is really important for me). Black beans are a miracle food as far as I am concerned and need to be presented as such.
This burger does just that. It’s juicy, it’s vibrant and all sorts of delicious. Even the hard pressed meat eater loves it.
16 ounce bag black beans
1 can of mild diced tomatoes and green chiles
2 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
pepper and salt to taste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 cups feisty brown rice
2 cobs of sweet and sticky herb garlic corn, de-kernneled
Soak beans overnight in a large pot with 8 cups of water. Drain water and rinse beans after they soak and place in large pot with 6 cups of hot water. Add the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper, garlic and cayenne. Cook on simmering heat for 1 1/2-2 hours. After they beans are finished cooking, add the rice, corn and diced tomatoes and green chiles and mix.
Allow to cool completely. Place in fridge for a couple of hours or in freezer for 30 minutes so it cools faster. When the mixture is cold, it’s easier to work with. After it’s cooled, form the mixture into patties and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate the patties for at least an hour before grilling, baking, or pan frying so that they can set.
It’s a timely process but totally worth it. We yield about 20 or more large patties when we do this. That’s less than 5 bucks total for 20 amazing burgers. If you buy them premade, 5 bucks gets you a package of 4. I saw this way is better for those trying to save a buck, mainly me. These can be frozen and stored for later use which is what I do. It’s a quick lunch or dinner that’s good for you and just plain good.
You can nuke them in the microwave if frozen for 3-5 minutes (seriously depends on your microwave) but they won’t come out crisp. They are still amazing though.
If baking: preheat oven on 425 and bake for 20-25 minutes flipping half way through. Less time is needed if you are baking them when they are not frozen.
Same goes for grilling: grill on high for 15-20 minutes if frozen.
Pan frying: I don’t recommend this method. You add fats to it with the oil and the burgers taste better baked or grilled in my opinion but it can be done. Add some oil to a pan over medium heat and cook for 25-30 minutes flipping halfway through.
These burgers are so versatile and like I said, the best in town. You will never go the store bought route again.
Top the burgers with your favorite condiments and enjoy.