October 12, 2012

Bean Burgers n' Sweet Tater Fries

Recipe video posts are most fun! Especially when crazy days happen and you really just want to move on to new, joy-filled days (read: fussy baby, fussy mommy, zero sleep, very short naps, a headache turned migraine, and all I could do was cry and pray in order to survive).

Bean Burgers n' Sweet Potato Fries
The Burgers:
1 cup beans of choice (pinto, black, lentils)
1 cup brown rice or quinoa (cooked)
Quinoa flour, rice flour, wheat germ or ground flaxseed - measurements always vary for me - just add enough so you can handle patties with minimal sticking!
Chili powder
Salt n Pepper

Throw everything except for your dry ingredient into a food processor & process until very well combined. Add dry ingredient until you can form burger patties with your hands without being too sticky. Brown in a pan with some coconut oil, flip and repeat with remaining patties. May freeze once they are cooled off completely.

Sweet Potato Fries:
2 sweet potatoes or yams
Coconut oil

Preheat oven to 425* F. Line two pizza pans (with the holes in 'em - makes taters cook faster) or, alternatively, you can use baking sheets. Cut the taters into fries, then throw in a bowl of water and let them sit for 15 minutes. This removes the starches and you'll have a crispier fry in the end! You can also do what I always used to do and microwave the cut up fries for about 3 minutes in some water so they "steam" or cook part way before baking. Dry or drain your potato fries and coat lightly with coconut oil. Bake for anywhere from 15-30 minutes, flipping once. Baking time always varies for me -so just keep an eye on them so they don't burn to a crisp!

Enjoy burgers with any veggie and condiment topping your heart can dream of. We're fans of: raw or grilled bell pepper, zucchini, tomato, avocado, hummus, mustard, ketchup, pickles, greens, cabbage...etc! I think I even topped mine with grilled carrots one time! Hooray :)

and here is a little taste of Thursday...
How to live happily without tuna: grab some cooked white beans or garbanzos, mash with a fork and add lemon juice, garlic powder, green onion, dill, celery, mustard and pickles (if you have any on hand - I sadly did not!) and combine - incredible!
The.... three, two, one...meltdown!
 Pretty much sums up the day. Along with a walk with baby boy and more itty-bitty naps. I'm so thankful for comforting scripture, for God's constant presence in my life, and for new days

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you 
and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble 
in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29

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