December 21st, 2005


Bean and Basil Burgers

I discovered the cookbook The Accidental Vegan by Devra Gartenstein at Barnes and Noble (isbn - 1580910793). The recipes were all really simple and I probably would have bought the book if it weren't for the fact that I am going to LA next week for two weeks to visit all of my friends there and then studying abroad in Australia next semester. I did however, write down one of the yummy sounding recipes which I tried last night and it was indeed yummy. If anyone else has this cookbook I highly encourage you to post some of your fav recipes to this comm! :-P

Bean and Basil Burgers

~Even the children enjoy these burgers. Chop all the ingredients together in a food processor of blender (if you want them to look homogenous). Serve them on buns with condiments.

- 2 cups cooked black beans
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 3 tbsp chopped black olives
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

*Makes 8-10 generous servings

1 - Preheat the overn to 350 degrees
2 - Mix all the ingredients
3 - Form the mixture of burgers with your hands. Wet your hands if the mixture sticks to them
4 - Bake on greased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.

I left out the optional red pepper flakes and had to use dried basil as I couldn't find fresh and they tasted quite alright! I was going to make the burgers small to get the 8-10 the recipe says will come out of it but my Aunt encouraged me to make them bigger so we only got six burgers. Wetting your hands is a must at step 3 - this stuff is really sticky!!

I hope someone finds this recipe useful! :)

*~Mimi*~ O:-)