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Black Beans

Most people tend to purchase canned beans out of convenience but do you realize how easy it is to make them yourself? Seriously folks, this method of purchasing canned beans needs to stop. Making your own is more flavorful, healthier and honestly too easy not to partake in–let the crock pot do all the work.

This may be the shortest post of your life, all because making homemade beans are too simple, there really isn’t much to say. So lets get started…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Beans (Today I used black beans)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 TSP Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 TSP Italian Seasoning

Place all ingredients in a crock pot and turn to high heat. Cook for 4 hours. Low heat for 6-8 hours.

By this point you’re house will be smelling amazing and you will be thankful you took the bold step to make your own beans.

These beans are great as a simple side dish or mixed in something such as spicy black bean burgers (hint hint).

They taste so good you literally can eat them by the spoonful. I say this because I have done this, or shall I say I partook in the spoonful eating myself mmm about an hour ago. :) Once you partake in the simplicity of making delicious, flavorful beans, you will say goodbye to canned beans forever. “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye”… I thought about leaving the last part out as I was at a loss on how to spell auf Wiedersehen. But than the song got stuck in my head and by the time I searched for the lyrics, viola, I found it and had to say it. 

Now I’m sure the song will be stuck in your head, so go dance around your kitchen with joy, that you my friends can stop purchasing canned beans as well.

Auf Wiedersehen~

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Music in the park tonight, yup that was music not movies. As we continually have this discussion all throughout summer about our movie dates we officially ended the movie phase last week and now have transitioned to music nights.

We decided we would continue our Thursday Date Night Park Night (boy was that a mouthful) with whatever decides to land itself in the park and tonight happens to be music.

I had a light bulb moment today while hashing out picnic ideas to myself and a brilliant idea hit–black bean burgers with a titch of spice. Before I get started, I must confess that this idea came to me only, I repeat only because I just made black beans last night. What was I making black beans for you may ask, I’m not entirely sure, they just sounded scrumptious. There was no heartfelt pondering as to what I should make for our dinner park date but that does not mean love is not genuinely wrapped tightly in my non-heartfelt idea. :)

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First, let me just say that replacing lettuce for fresh green beans was by far the best idea I’ve had to date. I do not know how to express to you this transitional period in my life. Something about the sweet flavor of the beans along with the crunch lettuce holds, brought this sandwich to a WHOLE new level; unexplainable.

Now here are the magical ingredients for my delicious spicy black bean burgers–

Quantity = 4 burgers

Ingredients: 

  • 4 Ciabatta Buns
  • 2 Cups Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Green Beans, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Palm full Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Sea Salt
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 4 Slices of Cheese

Toppings:

  • Spicy Spread (optional)
  • Fresh Green Beans (replacement for lettuce)
  • Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine oil, eggs, garlic, sea salt and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Mix well.

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Add in black beans, quinoa, green beans, tomatoes and cilantro.

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Add in cheese.

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Use a 1 cup measuring cup and scoop onto a cookie sheet. Pat down to make flat.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and top with cheese slices.

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Return to oven and heat until melted; 1-2 minutes.IMG_6705

Lets just say that the blue cheese crumbles melted within this giant black bean burger is to die for. You do not want to opt out of using blue cheese crumbles as this adds lots of flavor and pairs perfectly with the spicy spread.

Top your buns with a black bean burger, a large dollop of spicy spread, green beans and tomatoes. If you love the spicy spread as much as we do, fill each side of your bun with it as well. :)

IMG_6713This meal will knock your socks off guaranteed. Holy smokes you may want to call the fire department, it’s that sizzling good.