Thursday, October 27, 2011

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  •   1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces (or any combo of red, green, yellow peppers)
  • 1/2 onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs


  1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
  3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
  5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
  6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side. 
Before baking

After baking

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Steve & Sue's EWW Tofu? Yummy Stir Fry

My first thought when Steve gave me a helping of this was Eww, Tofu?  Hence the name.  But I gave it a try, and it was Yummy!  It took some begging and pleading and chasing but I dragged the ingredient list, kind of, out of Steve and examined the dish and believe I came up with something that is close to the original.  So here it is:

12 oz Firm Tofu , cubed (I had a 16 oz. package and used it all)
1 Eggplant, diced into 1/2" cubes
1/2 Onion, diced
about 1 T.bls of any of these:  Butter, Margarine, Olive Oil*
some Soy Sauce
about 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
some Mrs. Dash (I don't know what kind, I just used what I had in my cupboard)

6 Eggs

Make some Brown Rice

Melt butter in large skillet. Add Onion, then Eggplant.  Do not overcook or eggplant will get mushy. (It will still taste great, though).  Remove from skillet and keep warm.  Add diced tofu to skillet and brown. Add back in the onion/eggplant  mixture. At some point, either with the Onion/eggplant or when you are cooking the Tofu, you can add the  Mrs. Dash and Red Pepper flakes.  I didn't know when, but I don't think it matters too much because it all gets mixed together in the end.

In a separate skillet, make scrambled eggs.  Add  scrambled eggs to tofu mixture, sprinkle with soy sauce to suit your taste, heat, and serve over the brown rice.

 *I sprinkled Sesame oil on the tofu before I browned it so it got a different taste but I liked it.  You might want to do that too if you have some.

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