Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Black Bean Burgers with Pineapple Rice, Treat Makin

Hi guys! Lots of great feedback today on the soy! Seems like there are many of us that are hesitant to include too much soy in our diets. A few of you had noted that the best soy products to consume are whole soy products like edamame and tofu (special thanks to Sarah on that one). Any who- I really appreciate all of your input!!

Tonight, I taught Body Step and came home to make Black Bean Burgers with Pineapple Rice. I used a recipe from Cooking Light with very few mods. Here is the original recipe:

1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag brown rice
2 teaspoons smart balance
1 cup canned pineapple tidbits in pineapple juice

2 cups rinsed, drained canned black beans (1 [15-ounce] can), divided
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large egg white
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons oat bran
1/3 cup frozen corn
Cooking spray

To prepare rice, cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; place rice in a large bowl. Melt smart balance in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pineapple; sauté 4 minutes or just until pineapple begins to brown. Mix pineapple and rice; cover and keep warm.

To prepare patties, place 1 1/2 cups beans, garlic, and cumin in a bowl; partially mash with a fork. Place 1/2 cup remaining beans and egg white in a food processor; process 30 seconds or until well combined. Add bean puree to mashed beans in bowl, and stir until combined. Add cheese, corn, oat bran and onion to bean mixture; stir until combined. Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Optional-top burgers with sour cream or greek yogurt.

Note: Josh had his burgers on arnolds thins topped with cheese.

I am in the process of making up my cinnamon sweet bread for Sammie who won my blog birthday contest. I am really excited about this loaf because Sammy's allergies required a few fun substitutes that I have never used before. Dairy free chocolate chips:

and dairy free butter:

I will be sure to take a pic of the finished product for all of you tomorrow!
Whatcha up to tonight?


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I'm soy-free, so I'm glad that others are wary too.

Lovely meal and I LOVE USING THOSE CHOCOLATE CHIPS (since I'm also gluten-free, haha).

Anonymous said...

love homemade black bean burgers :) so good! definitely a staple around here!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the shoutout!

vegan choc chips are SO addicting! I used them in those decadent choc waffles I made hubby for v-day!

would you mind posting your new cinnamon bread baking project with sammie's alterations? sounds like with her subs the recipe ends up being vegan afterall??? I'd love to know the recipe!!!

oooh your meal idea is FAB - I'll have to do vegan burger patties sometime - I love me some brussels! and ooooh pineapple rice - yum!!!

Anonymous said...

Those black bean burgers looks tasty! :)

Anonymous said...

Also, I am looking forward to see how the new cinnamon sweet bread turns out!

Samantha said...

Thanks so much Erica for catering to my allergies - you are so sweet. I can't wait to try your bread. Will you be including the recipe in case I want to make it again? :)

I have given up soy as it makes my stomach ache something fierce.

Pearl said...

pineapple in rice sounds so good.

Heather said...

mmmm. the black bean burgers look delicious! i love black beans.

have a happy tuesday (and st. pats!)

Mom on the Run said...

I have never attempted my own black bean burgers.

I am going to my doctor to talk nutrition this week and soy is on my list of discussion topics.

Sara said...

I love bean patties. Last night I made lentil patties from a Rick Bayless cookbook, they were quite good.

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

pineapple in rice? very creative! It reminds me Caribbean food! :D

ChickPea said...

What a meal! I want everything in it!

I use that same brand of chocolate chips--they rock.

Esi said...

Yummy burgers! I just got in from a night out! On a Tuesday no less...

Anonymous said...

Ive never had vegan choc chips (though Ive been RUMORED :) to eat the others. the Nestle. from the bag while reading trashy chick lit)---must find those at whole foods and see what I think.

The Purple Carrot said...

Yum, yum, yum! I have never made black bean burgers but they sure sound SO good ... when I decide to make them, I'll definitely come back to this post! ; )

Can't wait to see the final yummy bread product : )

Anonymous said...

I think it's sweet that you're so excited to modify your recipe to suit someone's dietary requirements. The black bean burgers look delicious, too.

Maria said...

I want to try those burgers, that is one burger I will eat:)
We went running last night, I am loving hitting the pavement again:)
I also created a new cookie for Josh. I will post it soon:) Have a good day my dear!

vanillasugarblog said...

oh how I love pineapple fried rice. my hubby hates it, so I don't get to indulge all that much. I would love this meal, not doubt.

Anonymous said...

Your burgers look really good! I love black beans. :-)

I hope the bread turns out well. I can't wait to see it!

Marian's eats said...

I love those chocolate chips! I also LOVE earth balance as well:) have a wonderful day girl!:)

Diana said...

That's actually cool that you'll have to bake according to the dietary restrictions - now you'll be able to modify with experience! I'm always interested to see how the different ingredients change baked goods - it really lets you figure out the purpose of each component of a recipe!

Meghann said...

That is so sweet of you to make substitutions in your bread for Sammie's allergies. Blog love!

Anonymous said...

Great recipes!

Maria said...

I am going to the GI specialist tomorrow. I will ask them about the protein. I know I should increase it but I am usually a slacker:) I will keep you posted. Thanks for your help!

Holly said...

Those CCs are SO good! My little nephew has crazy food allergies, so I've been known to sneak my hand into the bag one (or ten) times when I'm at my sister's. :-) You are so sweet to do the modifications!

Fitnessista said...

the black bean burgers look SO INCREDIBLE!
can't wait to see the finished product of the berad- i'm sure it will be amazing
have a great day!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful dinner! Of course Josh had to add carbs and cheese. :) Such a man!

Anonymous said...

Love the dinner!
Have fun baking!

Anonymous said...

That recipe sounds DELISH!! Pineapple anything always grabs my attention - especially grilled pineapple, yum!

Good luck with the bread! I'm sure it will turn out fabulous!

Tonight: LOST! :D

Diana said...

Oh those look good!! I've been wanting to try black bean burgers for a while and this recipe sounds great.

Not too much going on tonight -- going to a workout class and then just home for some din and Lost! Hope you have a nice night! :)

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