Hamburgers for him, black bean quinoa burgers for me.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a seed that can be cooked up and eaten like rice. It is a complete protein, something rarely found in the plant world. It is a good source of fiber and other nutrients, too, so it makes a filling side (or staple) to any meal.
- 1 cup prepared black beans
- 1 cup prepared quinoa
- 5-6 saltine crackers
1 teaspoon each:
- garlic powder
- season salt
- black pepper
- chili powder
What to do:
- Put the beans, quinoa, and crackers in a blender or food processor. Blend until well mixed and fairly smooth, you don't want big cracker chunks in your burgers.
- Add seasonings and pulse until mixed.
- Form the mixture into four patties and either cook them on the stovetop or grill for about 2 minutes each side, or bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until firm.
Want real meat? Substitute the black beans/quinoa for ground beef, chicken or turkey; everyone's happy. You could also combine the meat and the bean mixture to stretch the recipe out for a larger crowd and add some extra fiber and nutrients to the table.
I made four patties each of these to freeze so we have something quick to fix up on lazy days. My lazy self will thank my proactive self later.