The Black Bean Burger & A Giveaway!

by Destini on April 5, 2012

Hey Peeps! (I wanted to spice things up on my greetings) How was everyone’s week? Is anyone as happy as I am to know that this week is short? I can sing and lul all day long knowing I will be spending my weekend in my lulus cleaning my bathroom! Does it make me insane that I am actually looking forward to cleaning the bathroom on my long weekend? Yeah, I am probably a little insane. I take a ton of photos, all the time and they never make it up on here. So for weekend posts I will do it in photos. I know, we all do it. But I will force you all to endure my weekend photo posts. Love it my peeps. LOL

As you all know I am all about making feel good comfort food without sacrificing on nutrition.  We all should be able to enjoy the things we love to eat and feel good about it. I have stressed before about diets and how they have an expiration date. Being healthy isn’t about counting calories or stressing about the food you enjoy. Being healthy is about bringing the highest nutrients and healthiest food to your stomach with joy.  Now lets talk about what I am about to show you…my favorite black bean burger. I love veggie burgers, and this one is a must in our house. In fact this is the third time in the past 4 weeks I have made it.  So let’s dive in like you would with any burger.


  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup spicy ketchup(could also use regular ketchup, try a drop of tabasco sauce)
  • 1T dijon mustard
  • 1T ground cumin
  • 1T chili powder
  • 1 16oz can of black beans
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat oven to 410. Heat olive oil on a skillet for a moment, add all vegetables and continue to saute for several minutes. Add all spices and continue to cook for a min. Remove from heat and let sit.

In food processor mix bread crumbs, black beans and vegetables. Process till mixed. Make 6 patties and place on parchment paper on a baking pan. They will be quite soft, so form them the best you can. Bake for 15min.

Suggested toppings : green leaf lettuce, avocado, tomato, ketchup. You name it! I LOVE avocado on them. Also with left overs I recently crumbled a patty on some field greens, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots and avocado.  Poured some Goddess dressing and now I have created my favorite salad. WOW I just keep winning with these beauties.

I am still working hard on switching to a higher plant based diet, in fact I am almost at two weeks and haven’t had any meat. Today I will introduce salmon just to see how my stomach acts. It will be an experiment.  Here are some thing’s I have noticed in the past two weeks.

  1. I felt bloated at first, not sure if it was because of the extra carbs(good ones) or the different feeling of food in my stomach, but I felt bloated for about a week. That has since gone
  2. My skin broke out in a way that it has NEVER before. I have read this can happen as its toxins from meat/dairy leaving my body. It is in the process of recovering now. But It is still quite bad.
  3. I felt like my immune system was going through havoc the first week. I never ate a lot of red meat, maybe once a month….honestly. And I never ate really fatty meats, always lean chicken, turkey and salmon.

Along with this journey I have been reading a lot of books and blogs about how others feel and food they eat. I happened to stumble across this ebook that was just released April 1st called Eat Awesome by Paul Jarvis.  It is absolutely wonderful. I haven’t yet made any recipes…but I will be this weekend. To help share this with all of you, I will be giving away two ebook copies of this book. Contest ends April 13th at midnight. Open to all residents of life!! Please enter below.

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Tonight I have a coworkers leaving party. I will have a cocktail or two(don’t judge it’s the long weekend) and than a weekend of cleaning and possibly a new kale recipe, chickpea and my take at some almost healthy hot cross buns. A girl can dream can’t she?
I leave you with Jenna Marble’s opinion on how diets work. And I pretty much think this girl is genius in the most inappropriate way.


Question: Have any of you experienced this at first too when switching to a plant based diet? Or am I just crazy? For those that have, do you remember how long it took to leave?

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Lindsey April 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I cannot wait to clean this weekend too! So if you are crazy I am too! haha
I love black bean burgers too, I like to stock up on them and freeze them before BBQ season since I don’t eat red meat at all but still crave a burger here and there.
Since I’ve never completely eliminated dairy and all meat I have never had the skin issue but ever since I eliminated most processed foods and refined sugars a couple years ago my skin has never been better. When I eat more sugar my skin reacts in a bad way for sure.


Destini April 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

George was actually just asking me if we could BBQ these? Do yours keep together? I know they are quite soft.

YAY we both be crazy. I wish a big bag of sugar was the reason for the breakout. Unless George is slipping it into my water.


Claudine April 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

I’m not sold on a breakout based on toxins from meat and dairy leaving your body – especially since you hadn’t really been eating a diet high in those items in the first place. I think it would more likely be something you added to your diet, vs. something that was taken away?

Loved the video clip. My daughter and her friend heard me at my laptop – “Are you watching Jenna Marbles?!” They’re fans. And I wouldn’t even want to count the number of times have I said, “Starting tomorrow…” 🙂


Destini April 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Yeah I am unsure of what it is, it could be a complete coincidence. Though I have never had one this bad.

Jenna Marbles is great, she is so ridiculous that on any bad day I just watch some of her videos and it brings laughter.


Jaime April 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I’m always on the look out for a good black bean burger recipe. This may be it. I cannot wait to make this! The avocado topping is what hooked me. Fantastic photos as well 🙂


Destini April 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thank you very much Jaime. They taste amazing. I absolutey love avocado on them.


Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Jenna is hysterical! Have you seen ‘How to pretend your Hot’

Love it!


Destini April 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Yes I have! It was actually her very first video that went viral.


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