* This Post somehow never had the publish button pushed. Little over a year later I realize the fall I took was the kick I needed to change everything about my life. From the work, relationships and most importantly how I view myself. It’s been amazing. I’m so thankful now for the box that took me out. This burger has been in our menu rotation since. I still try to eat less meat but I won’t pretend I’m vegan or vegetarian. I’m just trying to feed my body the best way I can.
August 2017 I’ve been in a funk due to an injury I got when my elbow less than gently kissed a title floor with all my weight pressing down on this union. The result was messed up tendon that a month later has me feeling a bit changed forever. Silly I know but let’s be honestly, if you know me I was on the road to change anyhow, it had been creeping in ever so slowly.
My injury left me unable to brush my hair or do anything that required much movement of my arm. I went from being right handed to left handed with issues. Life would go on but not being able to cook left me wishing I had just lost my arm.
It’s funny when something so stupid takes you out of your normal routine and forces you to deal with some emotions and crap building up in your life. Just with the frustration alone I have gone through a week of sleeping, a week of being super pissed off about it all, a week of feeling down right depressed. In between I have found new ways to express myself in ways I have always done with cooking. I have also learned that a right handed girl can learn to be left handed when there is coffee and make up involved.
It’s been a really interesting journey down a path I never saw coming. I am not fully grateful for it yet as my little black heart is still processing some stuff that I would have never seen before in my life but I know, like all things, there is a reason and being shook up is always good.
After nearly watching nearly every Netflix documentary on food and the effects it has not he environment, and looking a bit deeper at my own health , I deduced it was time to eat way less meat. Not to mention our reduced income sorta called for it. I also had to look for recipes that were easy for a one armed woman to make. Or at least easy enough to do very little with my healing arm.
The following black bean burger recipe was just the thing. To my shock my son, who is a give me meat or give me death, kinda of guy loved these. When i made them a second time and he got excited, I knew we had a winner.
Black bean burgers. Makes 4 patties
2 14 oz cans of black beans drained and rinsed
1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal
1 small red or green bell pepper chopped
1 shallot chopped
cumin to taste
corriander to taste
chili powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg or vegan egg substitute
What you do:
Set aside 1/2 cup of black beans. Take remaining beans and mash in a large bowl. Add in remaining ingredients and whole black beans you set aside. Mix well.
Form into four patties place on a plate and put in fridge untill ready to cook I have made these ahead of time like night before I plan on cooking them
In a heated skillet place a tablespoon or two of avocado oil and heat till warm Add patties and cook about 4-5 mins a side You could grill them too
Serve on a toasted bun or lettuce wrap with fresh avocado and sprouts