meatless monday — black and bleu baked potato

now that’s some hearty eating

yep the baked potato has fully won me over.  for meatless monday i got a tad creative with my toppings.  my plan was to create a black and bleu potato.  now traditionally black and bleu means beef with bleu cheese but come on folks this is MEATLESS MONDAY, no beef for me.  looking for the best black substitute i could find i stumbled across a homemade black bean burger patty in the freezer…..perfect.  the potato was topped with the smashed up black bean patty, bleu cheese and on the side was a spinach salad topped with bleu cheese and poppy-seed dressing. for an on the fly creation this one was pretty damn good.

meatless monday — homemade black bean burgers

when buying frozen foods, i will say that black bean burgers and for that matter most vegetarian burgers are really not that bad considering they are pre-made, frozen and reheated.  a weekend or so again however i cooked up a big pot of black beans (i highly recommend this activity not only are dried beans super cheap they are easy to cook and healthy for you!)  so i decided to try to make my own black bean burger patties.  in true farris fashion i didn’t even research a recipe, directions who needs directions.  i figured i know how to do meatballs and hamburger patties i can do it the same way with black beans.  and ya know what? it worked!  along with some deviled eggs and pasta salad i think i got myself a winning recipe for the rest of the summer.

RECIPE

2 cup black beans –drained of almost all the liquid

1/3 cup red onion — diced

1/3 cup zucchini — diced

1 egg

1/2 Tbsp jerk seasoning

1/4 cup flour

1-2 Tbsp olive oil

*  Mash black beans, its ok if some are left whole, the beans have been mashed enough when they start to stick together.  Mix in onion, zucchini, egg, and jerk seasoning, stir well.

*  Gradually begin to stir in flour, only use enough flour to help absorb moisture to allow black bean mixture to form patties.  Form patties out of 1/3-1/2 cup of black bean mixture, depending on how large of a burger you are wanting.

*Heat oil in a skillet over medium-med-high heat.  Cook patties browning them on both sides 2-3 minutes per side, to make sure the middle of the patties get cooked place a lid over the skillet and reduce heat cooking for another 2-3 minutes.