Black bean burgers to warm my black heart

* 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



Blink and you can make  gluten free pasta!

It was a couple of years ago when I decided one warm humid day to try to make pasta from scratch. My best friend and “Italian sister” told it was not the best day to try this. I went ahead anyway. That’s what I do.  I made the sauce from fresh tomatoes and even baked my own bread. Needless today I spent most of the day in the kitchen to cook a meal my family ate up in moments. It was good and I did enjoying making pasta from scratch. Just seemed like so much work for it to be gone in 15 mins. Oh well, I learned I could make pasta. 

While I did my 10 Day Kick Sugar Challenge, I wanted pasta. But I was giving up flour and I wasn’t looking to eat rice pasta or quinoa pasta or any other gluteen free pasta. Just wasn’t sounding good. Spaghetti squash isn’t in season so that was out.  Then I remember thinking I saw someone make noodles out of zucchini. Which lately I am addicted to.  

How easy was it? To easy. All you need is a freshly washed zucchini and a carrot/potato peeler.  Then you simply cut the ends of the zucchini off, take the peeler and peel off ribbons untill you get to the seeds. Turn the zucchini and peel again untill you reach the seeds. Repeat untill you have peeled all your zucchini.  

To cook the  “noodles”,  I just heated some olive oil in a pan and cooked untill they were slightly softened. Top with your sauce and your set. I used these recently in my favorite Leeks & chorizo pasta dish. It worked perfect! My guys even liked it so much there was nothing left. 

Looking for a sugar free pasta sauce? You can find mine by clicking here.

So give it a try in your favorite pasta dish.  

Untill next time!



Turkey isn’t just for November. (Green Chili Turkey Burgers)

Monday is the big kick off day for Shelly’s 10 Day Kick Sugar Challenge. Got a great group of folks together who are learning all kinds of things about sugar and how it is the real enemy isn’t fat but it’s sugar when your trying to loose weight. Also that sugar can mess with everything from hormones , diabetes, cancer, heart disease infertility, impotence and even depression.

If your interested in joining this FREE online group, email me at 

One thing I admit that I love is a good greasy cheeseburger with bacon. There is nothing wrong with a good cheeseburer to be honest, if you hae one every now and then.  The issue usually lies in the sugar in the white bun, the fries and the soda (diet or not) that people wash a good burger down with.  I wanted a burger but the idea of making my own burger, skipping the bun and cheese while on the sugar kick, got me sort of sad. But this easy to make turkey burger is full on flavor, can be put in a large piece of lettuce as a wrap or even put on top of a salad and taken to work as leftovers.   I served it with a nice corn & tomato salad that is super easy to toss together while you got your burgers on the grill or ahead of time and chill.

Green Chili Turkey Burgers

  • ground turkey 2lbs
  • 1 can of diced chili peppers
  • 1 small red onion , diced
  • a bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tsp cummin
  • 3 tsp chili powder or chipolte powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper 
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Form into patties
  3. Grill or broil.

I served with a dalop of freshly mashed avocados mixed with lime juice and salt.

Corn & Tomato Salad

  • 2 cans of organic corn (check for no sugar), drained
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes , halved
  • green onion , chopped
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. mix everying in a large bowl.
  2. Serve right then or chill in the fridge.