Make a spicy black bean burger for dinner tonight. Full of vegetables and brown rice, too, they're a great healthy alternative.
Nothing says quick and easy like tossing a frozen veggie burger onto a skillet. There are so many variations to the veggie burgers out there. Let’s face it though, some of them are really terrible. After trying many kinds, I finally found a favorite. I think the spicy black bean burger from Morningstar Farms is fantastic.
I like that they don’t try to have that fake meat taste. I kept these stocked in my freezer for those days when I just had no time to cook dinner. Unfortunately, I had to stop buying them after I read that many frozen patties contain neuro-toxins.
Skeptical? Perhaps it’s just a rumor or maybe its true. Either way, I realized it’s not that hard to make and freeze my own tasty veggie burger. So why take chances? Besides the health factor, it’s cheaper to make your own too. The main ingredients are black beans and brown rice, which are both staples in my pantry.
I have to admit these burgers are not as firm on the inside as the ones you buy in the freezer aisle, but they do hold up well. There’s no cracking or falling apart and I promise the flavor is all there. It’s been spiced up with my favorite black bean accompaniments: fresh garlic, cumin, chili powder and cayenne. You can even kick it up a notch by adding some more cayenne or fresh jalapenos.
Speaking of Mexican flavor, wouldn’t these burgers go great with some chipotle mayo or sliced avocado? (Ahh… if only I could… darn that avocado allergy of mine!) I served them on a bed of baby spinach with cheddar cheese, onion and a slice of fresh Jersey tomato. The hubby likes to load it up with pickled jalapeno and the little one of course douses it in ketchup. However you choose to eat it, you won’t be disappointed. This make-ahead dish makes for one easy and delicious dinner prep.
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