Flipping It

Generally, I cook and John makes dessert (or does the dishes if there is no dessert, well he usually does the dishes anyway, how lucky am I?), but tonight, John had a recipe that he wanted to try out that didn’t scare me, so he’s taking care of dinner and I baked.

To clarify a few points: I love to bake, and so this is not a big deal for me. Actually, I get pretty excited when I get the chance to make something sweet. John likes to cook, too, but he often gets recipes from compadres in the kitchen that are a little too adventurous for me (and I’m fairly adventurous). When he cooks “off the cuff”, so to speak, I worry. Sometimes, the food is delicious (he makes a mean stir fry) and sometimes it isn’t. But isn’t that the way with all of us?

Tonight’s recipe comes from somewhere in John’s phone: (Not So) Spicy Black Bean Burgers
We have some home made buns in the freezer courtesy of John, and some bok choy to saute for a side dish. The bun is enough starch for us, plus we have to save room for dessert!

Dessert comes from verybestbaking.com, one of my go-to websites for baked yummies. While John lies to attempt the elaborate when we switch kitchen roles, I like to keep it simple and comforting. I baked up some Banana Mini Morsel Bars and they look and smell fantastic! We’re going to serve them up with some homemade chocolate mousse, which John and I made a few nights ago. It couldn’t be easier. It’s not quite as delicious as the real thing, but it’s fast and simple if you need a chocolate fix: Whip cream with one packet of instant chocolate pudding mix. Whip to desired consistency. Yum!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

  • 1½ cups black beans
  • 1½ cups cooked brown or wild rice
  • 2 medium carrots*
  • 2 celery stalks*
  • 1 small onion*
  • * all diced and sautéed until soft
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup vital wheat gluten
  • ¼ cup water, or stock

Preheat oven to 375f.


  • In a large bowl, mash beans until only a few remain whole.
  • Add rice, vegetables, oil, and seasoning.
  • Mix well.
  • Add vital wheat gluten and water.
  • Knead with your hands for several minutes, until gluten is evenly distributed  and burger mix is uniformly sticky.
  • Divide into 6 patties and sauté in oil until brown on one side, about 4 minutes.
  • Turn and place pan, covered with foil, into oven for about 15 minutes.
  • Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

They’re even better the next day: reheat on the grill or lightly pan fry.



Filed under Food, Recipe

6 responses to “Flipping It

  1. cecily

    Are these black bean burgers vegetarian? recipe please – I can’t be your only veggie follower 🙂

  2. Elise

    You two humans rock my socks! Love and miss you both! and the lilybean and the babybean, too!

  3. cecily

    Amazing! Thank you!

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