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Black bean and sweet potato burgers

(Should make approx. 6 burger patties) 
Ingredients:
  • 15 oz black beans drained (low/no-sodium)
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato about 1 small-medium potato, roasted 
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh corn
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper diced
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (optional)
  • ¾ tsp sea salt or more to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare mashed sweet potato by roasting 1 small potato at 400 degrees F for about 1 hour or until soft OR use the potato microwave hack! Poke plenty of holes in the top of your sweet potato using a fork. Place potato hole side up in the microwave for approximately 5 minutes! 
  3. Finely dice peppers using a food processor (if available) OR use a knife. 
  4. Turn off heat and add corn. Stir until combined. Set aside to cool.
  5. Place sweet potato and half of the beans (about ¾ cup) to the food processor fitted with the “S” blade OR use a potato masher and mash together potatoes and beans in a bowl. Process for about 15 second/mash until combined.
  6. Add oats and spices and combined.
  7. Transfer processed mixture to a medium bowl.
  8. Add cooled veggies and the other half of the beans and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  9. Grease two large baking sheets OR line with parchment paper
  10. Measure out ¼ cup of the mixture and form into a patty on the prepared baking sheet.
  11. Repeat until all of the mixture is used, spacing about 1-2” apart (leaving room for flipping).
  12. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
  13. After 20 minutes, very carefully flip and continue baking 15-20 minutes longer or until both sides are browned.
  14. When your burgers are almost done cooking, chop up your toppings and toast your bread!
  15. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and serve.

Top these burgers with your favorite toppings! Mine include: Avocado slices, chopped tomatoes and fresh greens or sprouts!

My fav Guac recipe

Personally, I like my guac super lime-y! Play with this recipe as much as you'd like! 

Ingredients:

1 avocado 

1/8 purple onion, diced

2/3 jalapeno, deseeded and diced

Approx. 7 grape tomatoes, diced

Juice of 1 lime 

Directions:

  1. Chop up all of your ingredients (onion, jalapeno, and tomato) and mix it in a bowl
  2. Cut open avocado and chop it into smaller squares. Add it to your bowl and squeeze lime juice over it. Using a fork, mash the avocado and mix well. Add more lime to taste!  

"Whole Foodie" bowl

(SOURCE: The Whole Foods Diet)

The variations on a meal in a bowl are endless! (If you have batch prepped potatoes and bean "fajitas", or any grains or other foods, feel free to use them in this bowl! Experiment and make this your own!)

Here’s a simple formula for making your own Whole Foodie bowls:

1 to 2 cups steamed or raw greens—spinach, kale, romaine, or other

1 cup whole grains or potatoes (precooked or frozen)—brown rice, quinoa, barley, or whichever grain you have batch-cooked this week

1 to 2 cups steamed veggies—broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, or other

1 cup beans (precooked or canned, rinsed)—warm these with veggie broth, a little soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos, and your favorite herbs and spices. Add enough liquid to become a sauce.

Optional: Avocado, hot sauces, lemon/lime, etc. 

Directions: To assemble, put greens in a bowl, pile grains and steamed veggies on top, then pour beans and sauce over the whole bowl and enjoy! Optional: You can also experiment with making oil-free sauces for your bowls.