A Mighty Fortress is Our God – 10/20

I can’t wait to sing this all month! Love learning about history and the Bible and these posts always combine them in a beautiful way!

Happy Hymnody

Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany. He was the son of peasants, Hans and Margaretta Luther (pronounced locally as “Luder”). Though they had little means, they made a way for Luther to attend the university at Erfurt, encouraging him to pursue law. He earned his undergraduate and masters degrees as fast as the university would allow and became known by the nickname, “The Philosopher.” His path headed unexpectedly towards the study of theology, when legend says he was nearly struck by lightning during a terrible storm. Grateful to God for sparing him from certain death, he devoted himself to the life of a monk, giving up all his worldly possessions and committing himself entirely to prayer, fasting and every good work that he was convinced would make him righteous enough to earn God’s favor. Despite all of his efforts, he only felt more and more…

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Resources For Bible Study

I recently had a friend ask me about what Bible she should get and it got me thinking about writing a blog post that I could refer to in the future. The idea morphed into more than just a good Bible though.

I want some trusted resources for those who are looking for deep Bible study.

I want some solid resources for new Christians as well with all of the fluff and false teachers out there.

So I made a list and asked friends for their suggestions as well.

A Bible of course!

The first and most important thing you need is a good Bible with a proper translation! This is absolutely key!!

Make sure you get a translation that is word-for-word because it’s best for in-depth study and personal development. A thought-for-thought is also a decent choice for everyday reading or group study.

However, try to avoid paraphrases for true reading and study. They can be used on occasion for diverse insights on difficult passages, along with some of the following apps and sites.

There are some ‘translations’ and ‘versions’ that must be avoided and I use those terms very loosely. The Message (MSG) as well as The Passion Translation (TPT) are not trustworthy sources.

If you need a new Bible, I recommend one of these:

I personally have and love this New King James Version study Bible.

I’ve had this one for nearly 3 years and it has so many highlights and notes in it!

I like the NKJV, NASB, and ESV. AMP and ASV are good ones.

I don’t have this one but it’s beautiful and would love one if I got a journaling Bible! ESV Journaling Bible is a recommendation from a friend.

While not totally accurate, NIV and HCSB are good too but not as accurate as the other versions. GNT and NLT are paraphrases and not meant for true growth and study.

But if you’re like me, you like to have more than one translation on hand and that brings me to my next category

Apps!

I use many apps. Maybe not every single day but I like to have them in case I need help with something. These are the ones I have.

The ones I use the most are YouVersion, BLB or Blue Letter Bible, & Bible Hub.

I recently downloaded the ESV Bible after reading it in a post by Doreen Virtue. I haven’t used it much but I really like it so far! It has links for related verses as you go which is so helpful for in-depth study.

BLB, Bible Hub, and Bible Gateway are all apps of websites by the same name so they’re not really necessary. You can just search for the sites but I find an app to be faster.

I don’t use Logos very much but if you sign up for emails, you get a free ebook every month! Which I think is pretty awesome.

Accordance is another recent acquisition. It’s the free version of the Bible software used by Fighting for the Faith. I love how it has access to the Greek and Hebrew words and then related passages. You can get that in other apps too like Bible Hub.

Ligonier, Search the Scriptures, and InDoubt are all apps that have podcasts, studies, or both. InDoubt was downloaded when I got the ESV app so I haven’t looked at it much either but it looks intriguing.

I love the Ligonier app and listening to podcasts by RC Sproul. They’re always so interesting. I tried listening to them on my Echo dot but unfortunately I can’t control it as easy and rewind 30 seconds if, say, a child starts squealing and running about. 😅

However, if you like to have physical books to help with your Bible study, then I recommend the next resource.

Commentaries!

Definitely not necessary, but this final category can really help you when you’re wanting to grow in knowledge or in specific areas.

Podcasts & Videos!

YouTube is not just for cat videos and cooking tutorials, y’all.

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One Pot Macaroni & Cheese!

I legit make this recipe once a week!

It’s that good!

I had followed this recipe at first and tweaked it so that I could do it one pot and then I don’t add some ingredients that this one does.

So creamy!

Usually I just leave it as pot macaroni but tonight I baked it!

Baked macaroni and cheese is so friggin good! 😋

Look at that gooey cheese! ❤️

This macaroni is fairly simple. The only thing is you need to make a roux to make the yummy sauce.

Start off by boiling your noodles to package directions. Don’t forget to salt the water!! It really makes a difference. Trust me.

Don’t forget to salt the water!

Drain and set the noodles to the side, leaving them in the strainer. This is how it stays one pot. You use the same pot to make the roux in and then mix up the noodles in.

To make the roux, you melt the butter down and then whisk in some flour until you form a paste.

Keep whisking and don’t let it burn!

After it’s thickened up you slowly whisk in milk. Slowly so it doesn’t curdle. Keep whisking. This is the hardest part since the pot is so large.

But it’s worth it!

Add in the pepper once the milk starts to thin it out.

I make the milk sauce a little in the runny side since I then add in several cups of cheese and that thickens it up considerably.

Drippy sauce…
Add the cheese then noodles…
Oh look at that macaroni!! 😍😋

It’s nice and thick and creamy when it’s finished. And you can leave it as is and we have it like this all the time!

That cheese pull! 😋😋😋

If you wish to bake it, spray a dish and pour it in.

Top with cheese!

I just baked it at 350°F until it was nice and browned.

This smelled sooo good!!

You cannot go wrong with this whether you bake it or not!

If you try this, let me know in the comments below!

31 Books I Read In 2019

Yes I know it’s March and I’m writing about the books I finished reading in 2019. They are in no particular order, mostly because I can’t remember the order I read them in. 😅

But I forgot to make a post for last year a couple of months ago. Sorry. 😅 But here it is now!

The majority of the books I read were cookbooks followed by books of the Bible.

This year is honestly turning out very similar but since it’s only March, that could change!

I read these as physical books as well as ebooks via hoopla and Scribd.

  1. 1 John
  2. 2 John
  3. 3 John
  4. Revelation
  5. The Daily Vegan Planner by Jolinda Hackett — I liked this one but read it as an ebook on Scribd. I think it would be better as a physical book so you could keep track like it says to in the back.
  6. The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook by Nicole Cormier — I don’t remember anything specific from this book but that it does have some vegan recipes. I like how cheap it all was. I believe it had calorie counts too but I could be mistaken.
  7. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook by Thug Kitchen. — I honestly can’t say that I recommend this book. Too many cuss words. I can handle some cussing until they take the Lord’s Name in vain. There are some decent looking recipes but there are so many vegan cookbooks out there that this one is unnecessarily rude. I do have some recommendations so if you’re interested, drop a comment and I’ll send you some links!
  8. Jude
  9. 1 Peter
  10. 2 Peter
  11. Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy and Delicious Vegan Cooking by Katie Koteen
  12. Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz — A very dear friend gave me this one and can I just say that the chocolate chip cookies in it are ah.maz.ing. 🍪 But the peanut butter cookies are the bomb! 💣
  13. Animals Are Not Ours by Sarah Withrow King — Not really sure I’d agree with this book but it was an interesting read. I do feel like we need to be better stewards of the world and of the animals God gave us dominion over.
  14. The China Study Quick & Easy cookbook by Del Sroufe
  15. The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner — Yeah. That Miyoko. I borrowed this one at the library and had to buy it. Lol. I haven’t used it much but plan to use it some this year.
  16. East Meets Vegan by Sasha Gill — Not really my kind of food I discovered but it was good nonetheless.
  17. Baby-Led Weaning by Tracy Murkett — Read as a refresher for my youngest.
  18. The Adventurous Vegetarian: Around the World in 30 Meals by Jane Hughes — Short but interesting cookbook.
  19. Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson — this one was ok.
  20. But I Could Never Go Vegan! By Kristy Turner — this was good but I like the following family one more.
  21. Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget by Olivia Biermann — def one of my favorites! Has the BEST banana bread recipe in it! 😋
  22. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon — fairly devoured this book. Liked the movie too tho it wasn’t as close to the book.
  23. Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry — this one was ok too.
  24. Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey — tried it but it’s a lot of work 😅 wish I could afford the products they created as I know they work well.
  25. The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan
  26. The Vegan 8 by Brandi Doming — another ok cookbook. I read a lot of cookbooks alright??? 😂
  27. Mayim’s Vegan Table by Mayim Bialik – This one was pretty good. I’d check it out from the library again.
  28. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz — I don’t remember caring for this one too much.
  29. Hot for Food by Lauren Toyota — This one was alright but she has a YouTube channel too so 🤷🏻‍♀️
  30. Nature’s Remedies: An Illustrated Guide to Healing Herbs by Jean Willoughby — I really liked this one and hope to own it one day!!
  31. The Vegan Starter Kit by Neal D Barnard, M. D. — I liked this one a lot too. I def recommend it for anyone going vegan or even wanting to eat more plant based meals.

 

What did you read last year??? What are your goals for this year??? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!!

Kayley

Vegetarian Bean Burgers: Asian Style Bean Burgers!

This is probably the strangest burger of the group but was a lot of fun to make!

 

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Yeah, it looks a little odd but I think it’s definitely one you need to try! With or without the ramen. 🙂

Ingredients Makes 4

  • 1 15.5 oz can of white beans (this time I used Great Northern)
  • 1/4 cup of oat flour
  • 1/4 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp of hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of ground ginger

 

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Toppings

  • Ramen I used this one:

They were good for stir fries too! I recommend cooking it while you prepare the patties.

 

  • Sriracha
  • Sriracha Mayo: Simply mix mayo with Sriracha to taste

 

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Directions

1. Drain the liquid from the beans and save for later. Then rinse the beans with a strainer until the bubbles disappear. Start the water for the ramen.

 

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2. Put the beans, soy and hoisin sauce and ginger into a food processor and puree until chunky. Drizzle in the leftover liquid as needed.

3. Add in the oat flour and panko and puree until chunky.

 

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4. Spray a skillet and then heat it to medium. The water was boiling by now for the ramen.

 

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5. Form the patties and cook on the first side for 3-5 minutes or until brown. The picture on the left is the consistency you’ll need for the patties.

 

 

6. Wait until it releases from the pan and then flip it and cook for another 3-5 minutes until it’s browned.

 

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7. Serve on buns with desired toppings!

 

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Are noodles on burgers something you would want to try? The burger itself is good enough without it! Here is an easy image to save for later to try these burgers!

 

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If you’d like to, you can tag me on Instagram if you try this burger or any of the other burgers like cheesy black bean or cilantro lime black bean!

 

Kayley

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Vegetarian Bean Burger: Italian Bean Burgers!

This is the first burger idea I tried out. It actually took me two tries but I got it down! It’s different but I think it’s quite good!

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This recipe is a little bit different from my other burgers as you use some of the sauce for the liquid.

 

I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients. Oops.

But here they are.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz can of Navy beans, drain and reserve the liquid, just in case
  • 1/2 cup of pasta sauce (your choice. I used a garlic basil tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 cup of oat flour
  • 1/2 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of Italian seasoning (don’t use too much or it is overpowering!)
  • 1/2 tbsp of minced garlic

 

Directions

  1. First thing you’ll need to do is rinse and drain your beans in a fine mesh strainer. I used Navy beans this time but the first time I used just white beans and they worked fine too. Save the liquid in case you need extra after adding the sauce.
  2. Add in the beans and the sauce together into the food processor and then puree, drizzling in the leftover bean liquid as needed.

 

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3. Next add in the seasonings and puree briefly before adding in the oat flour and Panko then pureeing again.

 

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4. Don’t add too much liquid but make sure it’s the proper consistency so the patties don’t fall apart when you flip them. Here is a picture. I always check by scooping out a good size and holding it upside for a few seconds.

 

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5. Next spray a skillet and heat it to medium. Form your patties. This batch made 6 burgers.

 

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6. Cook the patties on medium to medium-high for about 3-4 minutes or until brown on the first side. When the patty releases from the pan, flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

 

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7. When the burgers are finished, serve with desired toppings such as spinach or leftover sauce on buns! Mozzarella might be good too!

 

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So good. Here’s an image you can easily save and refer to later!

 

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If you try this burger, I would love to see it! Tag me here on Instagram!

Kayley

 

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Vegetarian Bean Burgers: Curry Chickpea Burgers

 

I’m so sorry I’ve been absent so unexpectedly and right in the middle of my new series! 😔

Getting back from vacay and back into a rhythm took a lot out of me. Especially the first few days back with our 6 hour unexpected delays, needing groceries and having to unpack all the things. Lol. But I’m back! So here’s the next burger recipe!!

These are my Curry Chickpea Burgers! Yum! 😋

 

First up, here is the list of ingredients:

Ingredients

1 15.5 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed but reserve the liquid

1 tbsp of curry powder (you can use more or less depending on how much you like curry)

1/4 cup of oat flour

1/4 cup of Panko breadcrumbs

Palmful of minced fresh cilantro

Makes 5 burgers

 

Optional topping

 

Cilantro Mayo

2-3 tbsps of mayo

Palmful of minced fresh cilantro (I used about half a bundle in the burgers & mayo combined. Here’s the amount used each time.)

 

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For the mayo, I would mince it a little smaller than this.

 

Directions

1. Rinse and drain chickpeas, reserving the liquid for later. Rinse until the bubbles disappear.

2. Add the chickpeas, curry powder, & minced cilantro into a food processor and purée until chunky, drizzling in bean liquid as needed.

 

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3. Add in the oat flour and breadcrumbs and purée until combined. Make sure it’s the proper consistency so that it doesn’t fall apart when you flip it.

 

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Make sure it doesn’t fall off the spoon when held upside down like this.

 

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4. Spray a pan with oil and heat to medium to medium high.

5. Form and cook patties on medium to medium high for about 3-5 minutes or until brown on the first side. Flip and then cook for 3-4 minutes on the second side or until brown. Don’t flip it until it releases on its own from the pan!

 

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6. Serve with desired toppings and buns. I recommend the cilantro mayo. All you have to do is mix them together! Yum! 😋

 

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When I made these, we had fries with some seasoned salt on it. These burgers are delish!

 

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Here is the recipe on a card-like image to save or screenshot or whatever!

 

 

And that’s it! If you try this delicious little burger, tell me what you think down below! That now makes three burgers! Click here and here for the other two recipes.

 

Kayley

 

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What We Ate This Week: Pizza, WinCo Bagels & Donuts, Tacos, & Jason’s Deli

I wish we had a WinCo in South Carolina. The prices were good and then they had a lot of bulk bins with things I actually use (like rolled oats as opposed to flavored peanuts to make peanut butter). Also they have cheap & delicious bagels and donuts. We had the donuts as a snack before dinner and then the bagels were breakfast for me and my siblings. The girls had cereal instead. Or oatmeal.

 

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Breakfast

Oatmeal, cereal, waffles, bagels. Quite and assortment this week. I think Miss Sassy had pb&j once too.

Nope, she had it twice. Once on whole wheat bread and once on a waffle because she requested it after I started her waffle.

 

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She also had some dinosaur egg oatmeal.

 

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Waffles and bagels and coffee. So many carbs but so good.

 

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Lunch

We ate out a few times, Burger Island, Cici’s Pizza, and probably one of my new favorite restaurants, Jason’s Deli.

 

One of my brothers got this massive burger but thankfully Burger Island has a yummy veggie burger! I loved it and even Miss Sassy had a few bites.

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Mine. Yum. The curly fries are really good and so are their fried pickles that are in spears instead of chips. So good! I forgot to take a pic of those tho…

 

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Miss Sassy and Little T shared some chicken nuggets and fries.

 

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Pizza from Cici’s. Sadly, that day their brownies were gross. They legit tasted like cardboard. Never had that happen before…

 

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And Jason’s Deli has an amazing salad bar! I’m glad there’s one in SC because I can get the salad bar and not worry about what I’ll eat since I don’t eat meat.

The bar is quite large and varied. They also have tiny corn muffins and ginger muffins and free ice cream. A bit more expensive than other fast food restaurants but I think it’s worth it. Miss Sassy had chicken nuggets but didn’t care for the breading. She picked it off. Lol. But she also had some stuff from my plates from the salad bar and ice cream of course. Little T had stuff from my plate and ice cream and they both had a bit from my mama’s plate and she got it from the salad bar too.

 

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Had an everything bagel with cream cheese, extra everything bagel seasoning and chia seeds. Really good!!

 

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Dinner

Tacos, and falafel burgers I made with my little sister and veggie stir fry noodle bowl. So. Good.

Also, I love those plates!! Holds up my tacos! They are just like these plates here. The tortillas were flavored from WinCo. Jalapeno tortillas and chipotle tortillas. They weren’t spicy tho.

 

 

 

Here are the girls’ plates!

 

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Noodle bowl! I gave the girls the same thing but separately and they enjoyed it! Gobbled up the noodles especially.

 

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Falafel burgers and cheesesticks! Yum…

 

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Corn dogs and veggies for the girls while I had these delicious vegetable samosas! They were super good!

 

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They were a bit spicy but the dip that came with it made it too spicy. So I thinned out some mayo with lime juice and added minced garlic.

 

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I’m going to have to look for something like these when we get home because they were quick and yummy!

 

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Extras

Delicious banana bread from Liv B’s awesome cookbook with a couple of twists. One was brown sugar instead of regular because we were out. I like the change though because it made it less sweet but still good! Also my sister requested cinnamon and sugar on the top and bottom but we used cinnamon and brown sugar. My youngest sister and I made them!

 

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They were eaten super fast. So glad I had enough bananas for two loaves or I wouldn’t have gotten any!

 

 

My youngest sister and I also made zucchini cupcakes which were also super good and the frosting was kind of caramel-y. So yummyyy. The recipe was in this book my mama owns.

 

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Last week at the beginning, we also had some birthday cake from my sister! She’s the next oldest (I have 3 sisters and 3 brothers). The cake was from Kroger and very good and very pretty.

 

 

I took a lot of pictures this week.

What did your family have to eat this week? I’d love to hear about it below.

Kayley

 

 

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Vegetarian Bean Burgers: Chili Cheese Burgers!

Did you catch the first burger of this series? If not, you can check it out here!

This week, I’m sharing about my chili cheese burger! I made it with premade chili beans and shredded cheddar cheese.

 

 

These were really good and one of my hubby’s favorites!! I really enjoyed it too!

Here’s how I made it!

Ingredients:

2 15.5 oz cans of mild chili beans

1 1/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs

1 1/4 cup of oat flour

1/2 – 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

 

Topping choices:

Chili sauce

Extra cheese

Pickles

 

Makes 12 burgers

 

 

Directions:

First off, do not drain these beans. With all of my other recipes, the beans get drained and the liquid reserved. But with these, we need the sauce for the flavor and moisture.

 

 

Just add the beans straight to the food processor and give it a spin. Purée until smooth and then dump into a bowl.

 

Looks almost like a dip!

 

Thoroughly mix in the panko and flour before adding the cheese. I only had a half a cup left but you can certainly add more!

 

 

Spray a skillet then heat it to medium heat.

Make sure the mix is the right consistency and them form it into patties.

 

 

Cook until brown for 3-5 minutes on the first side and it releases from the pan.

 

 

Cook it for 2-4 minutes on the second side.

 

 

Serve with toppings and buns!

 

 

Here is an image with the recipe all in one for you to save!

 

 

Which of the burgers sounds better to you? This week or last week? Let me know in the comments below! And if you make this, tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see it!

Kayley

 

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Vegetarian Bean Burgers: Cheesy Black Bean Burgers!

 

These burgers are a favorite in my house! If you don’t make the cilantro lime burgers then I suggest these next!!

 

They are also the most similar to my original vegan black bean burgers and the easiest to make and customize!

I actually have some cheese in my fridge…I should get some more black beans and make some of these!!

So now that I’ve tempted you in with these delicious pictures, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients Makes 4 burgers per can

  • 1 15.5 oz can of black beans, drained & rinsed but reserve the liquid
  • 1 tbsp of Gourmet burger seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of a Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of oat flour
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (or more if you’d like! I used cheddar but I think another flavor like pepper jack would be good too.)

Topping ideas

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Pickles
  • Mustard (didn’t use it tho)
  • More cheese!

Directions

    Drain beans and save the liquid in a small bowl. Rinse beans with a fine mesh strainer until bubbles disappear.
    Add the beans and seasoning into a food processor. Purée beans until chunky, adding in bean liquid as you go.
    Add in the oat flour and Panko and purée. Drizzle liquid in if needed. Should be the right consistency to avoid the patties falling apart when flipping.
    Scrape the mixture into a bowl and slowly fold in the cheese.
    Spray a skillet then heat it to medium. Form into patties and cook for 3-5 minutes before flipping. Make sure to wait until it release from the pan on its own! Then cook for 3-5 more minutes. These will be a little dark from the cheese caramelizing.
    Serve on buns with desired toppings!

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