Today was my first attempt at making a non-meat burger. I scoured the internet, looking for a decent reciple to try, and came across one for a black bean burger that sounded better than any of the other options. We were going to grill outside with some friends, but decided to stay inside and use our handy little George Foreman grill. It took a while to chop and dice all the ingredients, but it turned out rather well. The stuff all came together and formed into decently shaped patties, and it was odd to grill them and have no grease to clean up at all. We didn’t have buns, but decided that they could compete with even the juiciest beef hamburger.
Here’s the recipe in case you’re really excited to try some of these bean burgers. The following recipe made 3 burgers…so add or subtract based on how many you want to make.
1/2 cup black beans – cooked & mashed
1/2 onion – diced
1 colored bell pepper – diced
1 garlic clove – diced
1 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 small carrot – shredded
2 Tbsps bread crumbs
2 pinches chili powder
2 pinches cajun spice blend
All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together after everything is chopped or mashed, and then roll it around a bit in your hands and make them into patties. The consistency seemed like it would do fine on a grill, although it might be a bit messier than a regularar burger.
In other vegetarian news, Krissy ate meat yesterday on accident. We were at Whole Foods, making the “free sample” rounds, and she realized halfway through her dixie cup of “curry chicken salad” that chicken is a kind of meat. She tried to get me to eat some, but I resisted unlike the Eden fiasco.
However, she is not the only weak one. I slipped up today as well. At church, I was looking at a plate of cheese and crackers, and grabbed one of the pieces that had a cracker with salami and cheese on top. Without thinking about it, I plopped it in my mouth. As soon as I swallowed, I turned to my friends JR and Simon and said “I just ate a piece of salami. Salami is meat, isn’t it?” They just laughed at me.
Oh well, we each had a minor slip up. We came home and celebrated with a fresh coconut that we bought at Whole Foods. We drank all the juice out of it with little straws (sans umbrellas), and then scooped out all the meat. But it’s okay, because coconut meat is not made from animals.
In other news, we were ridiculously close (within a mile) of the fire that started in Sierra Madre, about 10 miles northeast of Pasadena yesterday. We were able to get a couple of pictures, and then took a few more later at night when the fires were still blazing near midnight. The fires are still going, but it seems like things will be under control in a day or two, and hopefully no houses will be destroyed.
Here’s a few pictures (of the fires, not the bean burgers, unfortunately). The first is a view from Sierra Madre, right near the fires. The second is from about 4 miles south in Arcadia. The final picture is taken from Pasadena. The cross in the picture is from Lake Avenue Church.