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

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