The Vegan Experiment: Day 23


Day 23

Breakfast: Island Vanilla Kashi, soy milk
Snack: Cashews
Lunch: Whole wheat pizza, chips
Dinner:  Black bean burgers with tomato and avocado, polenta fries, peas, and 2 mandarin oranges

Today I have discovered something delicious – polenta fries! I got the idea from Whole Living magazine. You buy pre-made polenta (the kinds that is packaged like sausage). You slice it into fries, toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper and then roast at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes until crispy. These have a unique flavor and are delicious. We ate them dipped in marinara sauce. Fabulous.

The black bean burger recipe that I have included is one of the best ones that I have made to date, and trust me, I have tried many. This one results in burgers that hold their shape and very flavorful. You can never go wrong with black beans and cumin! Enjoy.

Black Bean Burgers

1/2 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp hummus
1/4 cup corn
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
couple of dashes of hot sauce

1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add celery, cumin and paprika.
2. Mash about half of the black beans.
3. Mix all the ingredients together and form into patties.
4. Cook in a skillet with olive oil over medium heat until heated through.

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