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I’ve never…and Black Bean Burgers

1. I’ve never mowed a lawn. My parent’s lawn, my own lawn, any lawn. No push mower, no riding lawn mower, nothing. It’s not because I’m an entitled little princess, (shush, Matty B!) because I had lots of chores growing up. They just never included lawn care. (Yes, Unk C, your life was so much harder than mine, you were so abused, blah blah blah…)

2. I’ve never seen Star Wars. And if you must know, I get Star Wars and Star Trek confused. It’s one of those things that feels like an accomplishment. I mean, if I’ve made it 33 years without seeing Star Wars, then why not go for 33 more?

3. I’ve never cooked beans from scratch. Truth. I’ve always just bought cans. I can hear you gasp in shock. Holley, the girl who is so proud of her “whole foods eating-from scratch baking-spinach smoothie blending” life? That girl? What an embarrassment!

But I have a crockpot. And I have beans. And I cooked them. And it was super easy. And why have I been wasting my money on canned beans?

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So we ate the beans. And they were good. And then we had a lot of beans leftover. So I made black bean patties. And I ate them in everything:

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Panini with sautéed mushrooms and onions

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Corn tortillas with lettuce, olives and tomato

And the remainder, cold out of the fridge- because they’re that good!

4. I’ve never won Super Mario Bros. We’re teaching J Man and Miss Rae young so they never need to utter the above statement.

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Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients

2 cups cooked (drained) black beans
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup salsa

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, smashing as you go. Clean hands work best. Divide mixture into 8 sections and fry patties over medium heat with a little olive oil.

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