Archive for April, 2011

April 28, 2011

Black Beans = The Bomb

Like tic tic.


Steve has been requesting bean burgers FOREVER!  Somehow they never made the cut on the weekly menu plan.  But tonight things changed.  Bean burgers will be a staple in this house.  Especially the black bean variety.

These were extremely easy to make and were creamy and delicious.



  • 1 can black beans
    • rinsed, drained, and mashed
  • 1/2 green pepper, 1/4 large onion, and 3 cloves garlic,
    • roughly chopped, sautéed, and then minced in a food processor

*The sautéing is an extra step, but I wouldn’t eliminate it.  I sauté peppers and onions whenever I get the chance because I love the sweetness instead of the bite.

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper

Mash it all together and form 4 patties.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes on each side.  Add cheese at the end and warm for a few more minutes to melt.


I’ll be crumbling my extra burger over a big salad for lunch tomorrow.  Can’t wait!

And I’m off to do some readin’ and …


What’s your favorite bean?

April 27, 2011

Perfecting the Stir Fry

I really wanted to improve the last stir fry I made.  I knew it was verging on perfect and just wanted it to get there already.  I’d say we got it just about right tonight.  I doubt I would ever call something I make, perfect, but it was darn good and definitely improved from before.


Tonight’s combo:

  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • water chestnuts (awesome addition)
  • bamboo
  • tempeh (instead of steak)
  • buckwheat soba noodles (first time for these…loved them!)


In the sauce:

  • 5 heaping plops of pepper jelly (compliments of Kristi this time, yum!)
  • 5 large splashes soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin

Hope you enjoy those very specific measurements.


Overall improvements:

  1. Less veggie prep by using canned bamboo shoots and water chestnuts.
  2. Simplified the veggie selection overall giving the meal a more true Asian stir fry taste.
  3. Adding the broccoli last!  Lightly steamed and I would consider this perfect.
  4. More pepper jelly for kick with sweetness.
  5. Soba noodles!  A unique flavor and nice texture.  I love trying out new grain products.

Such a good feeling to make improvements to an old favorite.


And in case you are wondering why my water has a purple tint to it, it’s Mio.  I had a coupon so I tried berry pomegranate and it was surprisingly good.  It really is fun that you can make it exactly the way you want it.  I like just a little splash for flavor and the color is festive too.  And I’m not going to lie, watching the color swirl around in my glass was pretty fun too.  Usually I try to curb spending on items like this because they aren’t really necessary and can add up fast.  However, with a coupon and the ability to only use little bits, making it last longer, makes it less painful.  Be right back

Sleeping half-moonI’m off to read Eclipse!  I started it over a year ago and then somehow put it down and never finished it.  So sad because it’s excellent.  And it’s getting good…

Do you constantly tweak your meals and recipes each time you make them?  Or do you change it up every time?