I generally use recipes as starting points for cooking. I don’t always follow them exactly. In the interest of keeping things a bit fun, here’s my modified veggie burger recipe. And this relates to the environment, as eating fewer animals helps reduce the burden we put on land, water, air, and energy. It has been estimated that one of the greatest things an individual can do to stop harm to the planet is to stop eating so many animals.
So it is good to practice mindful consumption more. While I seldom eat animals anymore for environmental, health and spiritual reasons, some might contribute by simply eating fewer animals. This will still make things easier for the environment.
Decent Black Bean Burgers
1 C black beans, dry
2/3 C brown rice, uncooked
meatless boullion powder
2 medium carrots
1/2 small bell pepper
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
1/4 C fresh parsley
2 eggs, preferably cage-free!
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 t smoked salt or other seasoning
1 1/2 C bread crumbs
Soak beans overnight and then simmer for approx. 90 minutes in salted water. Dice carrots and add to rice with 2 C water in covered pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 40 minutes until rice is done. Set aside.
Mince bell pepper, onion, garlic and parsley in food processor (or by hand if you have the patience).
Beat eggs. Stir chili powder, cumin and seasoning into eggs.
Squish black beans with hands, leaving some beans whole but most squished! Add rice and onion mixture, and squish-mix some more with hands. Next, squish in egg mixture, and then finally the bread crumbs.
Make about 10 patties. Lightly oil pan and fry about 7 minutes per side over medium heat. Patties can be prepared ahead of time and kept frozen until you’d like to fry them up & eat them.