Are you making an effort to eat at home more than you dine out? To cook from scratch rather eat pre-packaged meals? Your body will certainly thank you in the long-run! But let’s be honest – sometimes it can be tough to find the time to prepare and cook a meal, and other times you may just run out of ideas on how to cook the same old veggies. If you’re in a recipe rut, try this one for Southwestern Black Bean Burgers from Moosewood Restaurant. Not only is it quick and easy, but it’s a great way to spice up your dinner routine!
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 tsps ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- ¼ tsp salt
- Dash of black pepper
- 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 minced chile or ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 cup ground tortilla chips
- 2 – 15 oz. cans of black beans
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Warm olive oil on a skillet, then add onions and cook until tender (about five minutes). Stir in cumin, coriander, salt and pepper, and cook until onions are soft. Add mushrooms, carrots, chiles or cayenne pepper, and orange juice. Lower to medium heat and cover mixture, cooking about eight minutes or until tender.
In a separate bowl, combine tortilla chips, black beans, and egg. Mash well with a potato masher or mix with a food processor. When the vegetables are tender, remove them from the stove and stir into black bean mixture. Form the mixture into patties and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until firm and lightly crusted.
Serve burgers on whole wheat buns and top them with tomato, lettuce, avocado and a little Monterrey Jack cheese. Enjoy!
Yield: 6 servings