Monday, May 21, 2012


Tonight we had homemade Jamaican Bean Burgers. It was a great hit with the kids and adults, so this one will be a keeper. I am trying to avoid buying processed food as much as possible by making most everything from scratch. We are slowly getting there. I haven't mastered pasta, although the spaetzel last week was great, and snacks for school time have been a challenge to keep up with. I make a lot of muffins and cookies, and snacky breads...but all of those are plain old carbs, so I need some better homemade snack ideas, other than straight up fruit and veggies. Any suggestions??

Jamaican Bean Burgers
Makes 6 Patties
2 Tbsp Oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cups diced yellow onions
1 cup chopped mushrooms (I used crimini)
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup cooked black-eyed peas
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger
1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
Salt & Pepper

Heat 1 Tbsp oil and add onion & garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes and then add chopped mushroom and saute until onion turns a golden brown. Add all dry spices (you can also add some minced jalapeno for extra flavor) and cook for one more minute. Dump mix into bowl and add the rice, beans, breadcrumbs, fresh ginger, and salt & pepper to taste (it takes quite a bit of salt, because the beans absorbs it). Now mash it all together using your hands, and if it still seems a bit too crumbly, you can add more oil or water or rice milk. Get a skillet/cast iron heated with the rest of the oil. Form mix into flattened patties and put in pan. It should take about 3 to 4 minutes per side to get a nice brown. Put on bun or by itself, add toppings, and enjoy. I think this patty would be just as good made with black beans and you could experiment with the spices. I highly recommend that you make a tiny patty and cook it as a tester to check if your seasoning is ok. Also there are no raw eggs in this, so you could simply taste the unfinished patties. If you have any questions about this recipe, leave a comment and I will try to get back to you.
"Let food be thy medicine" -Hippocrates
Peace, Yasmin

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kids, Food, Love

  1. German Pancakes via breakfast in bed for mother's day.
  2. Kids acting goofy.
  3. ApfelKuchen.
  4. Vegan Sausage, Spaetzle, Sauteed onions & kale
  5. Onion & Cheddar Loaf pre-cooking.
  6. Baked Onion & Cheddar Loaf...yumm.
  7. Pizza with broccoli, kale, & feta cheese.
  8. Strawberry cobbler...extra yumm.
  9. My beautiful daughter in her new spring dress, even though she just finished telling me that she doesn't wear dresses anymore, "because mom, that is so last year".
Loving life, kids, and the farmer's bounty.
Peace, Yasmin

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

3 weeks later...

Hi folks, here we are three weeks later and I have completed my first semester of being back in school. I ended up with 2 A's and 2 B's, which I am very proud of all things considered. It has been an extremely hectic month since the end of Spring Break when I was in serene Ohio. I have been working like crazy while going to school and taking care of la familia. The house needs a deep cleaning, which I have decided to tackle slowly but surely instead of all in one day. Yes I think that is a good plan, because these days the weather is decent enough to go hiking or do some lawn work or exercise. Right now I am trying to refocus my priorities to health via exercising and crafting. Crafting is good for stress, you know. Things are moving right along in life, I am back to crafting again, the kids have less than a month until they are out of school, my hubby is off for the summer, my mom will be starting a new job next Monday, and everything around me is turning green and gorgeous. All the green makes me want to have some green yarn. These past three weeks we have been enjoying very yummy dinners...making a menu for the week really helps with the "what to do for dinner" dilemma and also for the shopping list and budget. The kids have been acting silly a lot, I think the warmth and sun is giving them extra energy these days. We have been enjoying sun tea whenever possible and I also baked, tonight in fact. I made bread for the kid's school lunches, vegan chocolate chip banana bread, and vegan lemony blueberry muffins. Enjoy the pictures and I should hopefully be posting a lot more now that I will be taking one class rather than four.

Peace, Yasmin