Zesty Black Bean Burgers

After Minnesota defrosts from the winter, people are outside all the time during the summer. Summer was always a time for lakes, grilling, and burgers.  Summer is almost over [what? How is it August?] and we can’t let the summer pass by without a burger recipe! I love a good burger, but I am not into those frozen store bought burgers.  I wouldn’t mind trying a veggie burger, but the frozen varieties don’t look appetizing to me.  I will never choose those over a real burger.  These black bean burgers, however, are filling, healthy, and flavorful.  Like many of my recipes, they’re also easy! You can make these in a skillet, bake them in the oven, or cook them on the grill. So, try these black bean burgers for Meatless Monday. Or any day.

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Meatless Monday: Arugula Avocado Toast

We have a short and sweet Meatless Monday post today – avocado toast! Avocado toast is one of my favorite healthy snacks.  It is quick, filling, and healthy.  There are many variations you can make too, such as adding other veggies, adding a meat like prosciutto, adding cheese or adding various seasonings.  The recipe I’m sharing today is a basic avocado toast recipe that you can build from and this is the standard way I like to eat avocado toast.  The recipe can easily be multiplied depending on how many people you’re feeding.  If you cut the toast into small pieces, it makes a great appetizer. Note: This recipe can be made gluten free by substituting your favorite gluten free bread.

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Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

I’m making today Taco Monday.  Any day can be a taco day in my book.  Occasionally, we are going to do special “Meatless Monday” posts where we post main dishes that are vegetarian.  Although we typically try to buy the grass-fed, free-range meat, it never hurts to eat less of it.  Meatless Monday does not mean we won’t post meatless dishes any other day of the week, we just are drawing attention to a meatless main dish.  Now, sweet potatoes are my favorite food. I would eat them with everything if I could.  They’re also a superfood, so I’m assuming I don’t have to closely abide by that “everything in moderation” thing… These tacos are quick and easy to make, which makes them a perfect weeknight meal as well.

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Turkey, Quinoa, and Arugula Meatballs

These turkey, quinoa, and arugula meatballs are a filling and healthy main dish.  Serve them with a salad or roasted vegetables on the side and your favorite condiment.  I frequently eat these with Trader Joe’s garlic mustard aioli, but also like them with barbecue sauce.  Quinoa, a protein and fiber-rich superfood, will keep you full.  Haven’t heard of it? The United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa (it’s a thing) and you can find numerous articles about its benefits. So, time to get on the quinoa bandwagon if you aren’t on it. Arugula, a superfood full of vitamins and antioxidants, ramps up the health-factor of these meatballs even more. Healthy food can taste good too! DSC00397 Continue reading