Are you a vegetarian? If the answer is yes, keep reading. If you are not a vegetarian... do you want to be vegetarian? If the answer is yes, keep reading. If the answer is no to all of this, JUST KEEP READING. Plz.
Today I stumbled upon PETA showcasing a Bosh TV recipe for black bean vegetarian burgers, so I obviously got very hungry. I gained the courage to go into my friendly neighborhood Safeway store and oh so patiently wait in line when I stocked up on a few of the ingredients. FYI I am pretty terrible at following cooking instructions so I tend to do my own twist on recipes that I read.
This is my first attempt at cooking something for myself that isn't quinoa and zuccs/squash (I seriously eat the same meal everyday for lunch and I don't even cook the quinoa, my sister does.) I already have some learnings after this go around... mainly I need to invest in a food processor.
What you will need:
4 cups of cooked Black Bean Pasta OR 4 cups of whole wheat pasta and 1 can of black beans
1 Tablespoon of chili powder
1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes
1/3 cup of BBQ sauce
An onion to sautee
A pinch of garlic powder
Hamburger buns and whatever fixin's your heart desires
An oven at 365 degrees
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Deep breath all you non vegetarians, this beefless burger is going to rock your world!
Step 1: Remind yourself it's ok to cut corners when cooking. Again I'm a lazy emerging Chef... so instead of getting whole wheat pasta and a can of black beans. I got the best of both worlds and found BLACK BEAN PASTA. BOOM. I found this beautiful love child at Marshall's of all places. I have used the Tolerant black bean pasta before for a substitute of regular grain pasta and it's alright but the pasta honestly ends up tasting like black beans (shocker) and then covering it in tomato sauce is just all of these confusing tastes in your mouth but anyways I had some left over for the beefless burger and I picked up some vegetable penne pasta from Safeway so that I could make a decent amount of burgers. All in all just boil water and cook the pasta.
Step 2: Drain the pasta.
Step 3: Throw the pasta into a food processor. For me, I had to use a blender because again... emerging chef that does not currently own a food processor. I plan on ordering one online ASAP because I learned today a blender cannot act as a sub for a food processor. It just can't. Sob.
the real Step 3: Throw in 1 tablespoon of chili powder.
Step 4: Add in 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes.
Step 5: Add in 1/3 cup of BBQ Sauce. My BBQ was Sweet Baby Ray's. It's magic in your mouth. Better than sex.
Step 6: Blend all of those beautiful vegetarian ingredients together IN A FOOD PROCESSOR... NOT A BLENDER, I REPEAT NOT A BLENDER as pictured. Epic fail for me.
Step 7: Sautée some onions and throw in a pinch of garlic powder. Again the original recipe called for fresh garlic and probably a few other things but... emerging chef cutting corners... coconut oil to spray on the pan and then just some onions and garlic powder do the job quite well.
Step 8: MIX DAT SHIZ UP. Mix mix mix. Throw the beefless paste (I swear it tastes so much better than it sounds) from the food processor into a bowl and mix in the sautéed onions.
Step 9: Section these bad boys into little "better than burger" burgers and throw them onto some parchment paper that is sprayed with coconut oil for some extra non stick protection. Top them off with a "drizzle of olive oil."
Step 10: Bake at 365 degrees for 30-40 minutes based on the size of the burgers. SIZE DOES MATTER. I baked these for 30 minutes and they were scrumptious besides that not all of my penne pasta was blended due to the faulty blender not being a food processor.
Lastly: Load up the bun with the beefless black bean burger, some more BBQ sauce and whatever meatless toppings your heart desires. THE END. There you have it, a delicious vegetarian meal that is filling and is a great party trick for summer cookouts. You're welcome. XOXO CoolGirlConclusion
Hi, I'm Rachel, CoolGirlConclusion, honestly, whatever you want to call me (as long as it is nice.) CoolGirlConclusion is my way of life. I believe in expressing yourself and putting good vibes out into the world. I believe that all creatures on this planet are earthlings and that we are all here to love and do some creating. These posts are the random thoughts & passion points in my life. Welcome to my head and my (non-animal tested & ethically responsible) obsessions.
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