You know how you sometimes meet someone and don’t hit it off straight away? You don’t think twice about them afterwards and just get on with your life, maybe even ignore them. Then you bump into them again – and everything’s different and somehow you fall in love. That’s me and black beans.
Several years ago I made a black bean and pepper stew that took all night and many pans. A lot of effort and I was so disappointed with what I ended up eating. From then on, I passed over other recipes using black beans and happily lived my life without them.
Then a few years ago I couldn’t find any kidney or pinto beans when buying ingredients for a burrito so I reluctantly bought black beans. I cooked them up with some spice, slapped them in a tortilla with the usual fillings and have been obsessed ever since. Continue reading
For me, the burger is one of the most perfect foods imaginable – a flavoursome patty in a bun, topped off with cheese, red onion, tomato, pickle, sauce and about million other possible ingredients.
The hardest thing about cutting meat out of my diet is the danger of never eating a burger again. Luckily, and who’d have thought it, perfectly tasty burgers can be made without going near meat using beans, lentils and vegetables.
The following burger makes use of one of my favourite ingredients – black beans. They taste great, can be worked into a burger shape with ease and are packed full of nutrients. – especially protein, which is handy for the vegetarian athlete, and fibre.