For the majority of this year, I have been following a plant based diet.
Now when I say the word “diet”, I don’t mean diet in the sense I am cutting calories.
No, I mean diet in the sense that this is what I am eating on a daily basis.
I will be going more into how I feel about the plant based diet in a later post, but for right now let me just tell you that I love it.
I especially love all the new recipes I am discovering.
One of my absolute new favorites is a burger recipe from a cookbook I got called The No Meat Athlete
It’s the Spicy Black Bean and Beet Burger.
Now, if you are like me, you read the word “beet” in a recipe and turn the page.
I have tried making beets 100 different ways, because I know they are really good for you and have a ton of nutrients, but no matter how I cook them, they still taste like dirt to me.
But I swear to you, this recipe is SO FREAKING GOOD! We are on our second batch and I know I am going to make more as soon as we are done with this one.
Here is the recipe…
1 15oz can of black beans
1 cup of cooked rice
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Taco seasoning
1 beet, peeled and grated
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp salt
Pulse black beans and rice in food processor until combined and paste like then transfer to bowl and set aside.
Heat skillet on medium, add oil and taco seasoning. Stir often, heating for about 1 min
Add beet, carrot and onion and cook. Stir often and cook until veggies are soft (about 5 min)
Add vinegar, tomato paste and garlic. Cook for 3-5 min, again stirring often.
Remove from heat, add salt and black pepper.
Add veggie mixture to beans/rice in bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
Place in fridge covered overnight.
Preheat oven to 400
Shape burgers and place on cooking sheet. (I made 4oz patties and got 10 burgers out of the mixture)
Cook for 30 min, flip burgers and then cook for another 10 min.
***NOTE*** Make sure you use gloves for grating the beets and shaping the burgers or your hands will be a nice purple/pink color 🙂
Hope you try this one and let me know what you think in the comments below!!