Posts tagged ‘black bean burgers’

July 21, 2011

Meatless Dinner

Someone must’ve known I was feeling a little snacky the other night and finished off the granola that I made in about .24 seconds. Yeah, it was that good.

When I was preparing dinner last night I heard a knock on my door. “Delivery for Miss Alyssa?” “That’s meeeee!”

I immediately busted open the box.

Please excuse the sharp knife sticking out from the bags. Please also excuse the blurry picture as I was too excited to grab my camera and had to use my phone 🙂

Love Grown Granola sent me 8 bags of granola! Woohooo. Naturally, I tried all of them. I really thought chocolate would be my favorite – But I have to go with Sweet Cranberry Pecan with this company! I plopped down on the couch and ate it straight from the bag while complaining to Adam that we need a cleaning lady because the bathroom took me 3 1/2 hours to clean. He told me it should be motivation to look for a job… I guess he’s right so I’m off to search!

But first I have to share last nights dinner. I served Adam his first meatless dinner EVER. He is a huge meat and potatoes type of guy and I wasn’t sure how he was going to like it. I made Jenna’s Boyfriend approved Spicy Black Bean burgers.

pictures courtesy of Jenna’s website. I didnt want to embarrass her food with mine.

I should note that Adam doesn’t even like beans in general so I’m not sure why I tried this meal out on him as his first… He ate it and said it was good but it just tasted like beans. I think he was just being difficult because he wants a steak dinner… I on the other hand thought it was delicious! The avocado and spiciness of the burger made the perfect combination. I have leftovers that I will be enjoying for lunch on a salad today 🙂

Ok, now back to that job search so I can get a cleaning lady!!

QUESTIONS: What is a good meatless meal to try out on your meat loving boyfriend??

May 4, 2011


Happy Wednesday! We’re half way through the week =) It’s actually my Thursday because tomorrow is my Friday! Wahoo!

I’m doing another What I ate Wednesday Post thanks to the lovely Jen – So let’s get to it!

This is actually what I ate YESTERDAY so I could post it today 🙂

Breakfast: 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, handful of raisins, 1 apple chopped (some in the bowl, most on the side)

Lunch: Operation get rid of all of the veggies that are about to go bad: Stir Fry – 4 oz chicken with red peppers, green beans, snow peas, water chestnuts and mushrooms in 1 1/2 tbsp teriyaki sauce

Dinner: Home made Black bean burgers w/ mango & avocado salsa (I had this plus another half)

Snacks: 1/2 Whole Wheat Wrap with 1 tbsp PB, 1/2 banana, a drizzle of agave and a sprinkle of cinnamon – This is my new favorite snack and I’ve been eating it almost every day!!

Snack #2 – Left-over Sesame-Miso Cucumber Salad &  1/6 cup of black beans w/ a square of dark chocolate

Dessert: Scoop or 2 of White Chocolate Wonderful 🙂

Since this is also a fashion AND fitness blog I’m going to share my workout and what I wore today yesterday as well.


  • Headband – Charming Charlies
  • White Shirt w/ Glitter Pocket – Old Navy
  • Necklace – J. Crew
  • Pink Skirt – Forever 21
  • Belt – J. Crew
  • Watch – Michael Kors
  • Bracelet – David Yurman
  • Flip Flops – Rainbow (comfiest shoes EVER)

Workout: 30 minutes of cardio after lunch and before snack #2 and 60 minutes of bootcamp before dinner where I basically got my butt kicked

Remind me to never take weeks off from that class ever again!!

My delicious dinner was actually prepared by my aunt so I don’t have step by step pictures but I did want to share the recipes 🙂

Black Bean Burgers


  • 30 0z can of black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2  medium jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place black beans in a medium bowl and mash with fork
  • Stir in panko, cumin, oregano, sea salt, jalapeno and egg whites
  • Shape bean mixture into 6 1/2 inch thick patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, carefully turning once
Mango/Avocado Salsa


  • 1 1/4 cups chopped mango
  • 3 tablespoons onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 avocado peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss gently.
We topped our burgers with the salsa and served it with romaine lettuce instead of a bun. You could always add the lettuce on top of the burger w/ salsa and place on a Whole Wheat bun. These are so good! I’ve been wanting to make black bean burgers FOREVER so I’m glad it finally happened 🙂

Tomorrow I have a post on eating healthy for Cinco De Mayo – If you have a healthy recipe feel free to link it and I can add it to my post! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

QUESTIONS: What did YOU eat today??