Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers

I somehow missed most of the pumpkin baking season this year. Between work, traveling and who knows what happened, I barely baked with pumpkin this year. Which means that I still have one large jar of pumpkin puree in my pantry just begging to be used. Seriously, its TALKING to me, guys. Yes, I have a problem.

So, I used half of the giant can to make this amazing pumpkin bread. But I still have some left. Instead of immediately baking with it – I decided to try something not-so-sweet based on what I had in my pantry. I didn’t tell B these had pumpkin in them until after he tried (and enjoyed) them – so that should tell you something. Success? Yes!

pumpkin black bean burgers i crashed the web

Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 c canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 c. cooked grain of your choice – e.g. rice, quinoa, freekeh, etc. I used freekeh which has a similar texture to rice but more whole grain, protein and fiber
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (about 1 1/2 c. black beans)
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin

Here’s what you do:

  1. Saute the diced carrot and green onion in olive oil until softened.
  2. Divide the rinsed and drained canned beans in half. Mash half of them with a fork – not so they become a paste but enough so that they become mushy.
  3. Put it all together! Mix together pumpkin, cooked freekeh (or quinoa or rice), whole beans and mushy beans, cooked veggies and flax seed. Combine until everything is evenly distributed.
  4. Add spices (cumin, garlic powder and chili powder) and continue to mix well.
  5. Create 4-5 patties, about 1/3 – 1/2 cup in size and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. This will help the patties harden somewhat so they keep their shape while cooking.
  6. When hardened, cook the patties! I put them on a pan sprayed with Pam and cooked on medium until each side was somewhat browned.
  7. Enjoy! I like mine with avocado on top of a salad.

pumpkin black bean burgers i crashed the web

Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite way to use pumpkin? Do you have any savory recipes to share? Please? 🙂
  • Do you like veggie burgers?
  • Have you tried freekeh yet? If you’re looking for inspiration, I have a few recipes to share here and here.

I’m Totally Okay with Eating on the Floor Sometimes

We’re back! We were back in Cleveland this weekend which meant I had a great time catching up with friends, hitting up some local places and of course getting in some baking time 🙂 (I know, I’m addicted)

Seriously, it as such a great weekend – a little working out, a little baking, a little relaxing and a little hanging out with friends – all parts for a perfect few days off from work.

first baking of the weekend - magic bars!

first baking of the weekend – magic bars!

Friday night started out at the Cleveland Boxing Invitational! B is on the associate board for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and this year was the inaugural boxing event, a fundraiser, held inside Tower City. It was so cool to see the indoor mall all decked out for the event, including a boxing ring! I don’t care too much for boxing, but it was fun to be at the event with everyone.

Tower City set up for the Cleveland Boxing Invitational

Tower City set up for the Cleveland Boxing Invitational

 Cleveland Boxing Invitational

Boxing!

Saturday morning I sat on the couch for a while debating whether or not to go outside for a run or just stay inside and cross train or use the dreadmill. The weather looked pretty outside with blue skies – but it was in the low 30s (colder than it had been in a while) and we had gotten some snow on Friday so the sidewalks looked pretty treacherous. I finally decided to get over myself and pull out my Yaktrax, put on my ProCompression socks, and go outside. I’m SO glad I did – I put on a new playlist, made it for 5+ glorious miles and smiled nearly the whole way!

Ready to run with my socks and Yaktrax

Ready to run with my socks and Yaktrax

Some untouched snow- until I ran on them!

Some untouched snow- until I ran on it!

Sweaty post-run selfie

Sweaty post-run selfie

Saturday afternoon/evening was my monthly Ladies Craft Beer Society meeting – once a month we get together and over craft beers try a new craft. This month? Coasters at Platform Brewery!

Getting ready for some crafts!

Getting ready for some crafts!

Finished product!

Finished product!

Ladies with the finished product

Ladies with our coaster

Sunday was pretty perfect in my book. I woke up somewhat early, got in an easy workout (2 miles on the treadmill and then 50 minutes elliptical plus free weights and abs), then did some baking (pumpkin bread!), food prep for the week and watched football.

pumpkin bread

pumpkin bread

veggie burgers for the week

veggie burgers for the week  – I also made chicken breasts, more freekeh and quinoa for some meals.

After some cooking and baking, the weekend ended with an easy dinner – takeout Chinese AND sushi. I hot some great shrimp wonton soup, sashimi and a rainbow roll. And I may have eaten it, on the floor, while watching old episodes of the Walking Dead (no judgement).

sushi

Some questions for you:

  • Did you get in any baking in the cold weather this weekend?
  • Do you have snow near you yet?
  • How do you keep running in the winter?