Archive for May, 2014


We really liked these burgers.  I made up some guacamole and it was the perfect topper for our bun free version.

  • Sweet potato and black bean veggie burgers - cookieandkate.comSweet Potato & Black Bean Burger from Cookie and Kate  http://cookieandkate.com/2013/sweet-potato-black-bean-veggie-burgers/    
  • 1½ pounds sweet potatoes (smaller potatoes cook faster)
  •   ⅓ cup Millet  (I substituted quinoa)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if you are avoiding gluten)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained (or 2 cups cooked black beans)
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • ½ cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder or smoked hot paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder (optional, to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • High quality vegetable oil for cooking burgers (or coconut oil, if you don’t mind the coconut taste, olive oil may burn)
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns (optional)
Instructions
  1. Roast the sweet potatoes: Slice the sweet potatoes down the center lengthwise. Place the sweet potatoes cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until they yield to a gentle squeeze, 30 to 40 minutes or longer. Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skin (it should pull off easily) and roughly chop the insides. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Cook the quinoa according to package directions for 1 cup of cooked quinoa.
  3. Grind the oats: Use a food processor or blender to grind the oats until the flakes are broken up, but not as fine as flour.
  4. Mix the burgers: In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the cooled sweet potatoes and millet, black beans, onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, chipotle or paprika, cayenne (optional, add to taste for spicier burgers) and salt. Use a potato masher, big mixing spoon or the paddle attachment of your mixer to mix really well. It’s ok if the black beans get smashed in the process.
  5. Mix in the oats: Sprinkle the ground oats over the mixture and mix well with a big spoon until the mixture holds together when you shape a portion into a patty. If possible, cover and refrigerate the mixture for best results (the patties will hold together better during cooking if they are chilled first).
  6. Shape the burgers: Use a measuring cup to measure out ½ cup of the mixture. Gently shape it into a patty about 3½ inches in diameter. Use your hands to gently flatten the burgers and smooth out any jagged edges. Repeat the process for each patty; you should end up with 8. If you would like to toast your hamburger buns, preheat the oven to 350 degrees now.
  7. Pan fry the burgers: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. When it’s hot, place several burgers in the pan, leaving enough room to flip them. Cook each patty until browned and heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet for each pan of burgers you fry.
  8. Toast the buns (optional): Place the buns on a baking sheet, cut sides up, and bake until lightly toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes.

 

 

This is seriously GOOD bread, as in amazing bread.

People who don’t like cranberries LOVE this bread.

I buy lots of bags of fresh cranberries in the Fall and put them in the freezer to be able to make this bread all year.

I am thinking you could buy canned cranberries and drain them well if you don’t have the fresh berries.

I also think this would be good with cherries.  I don’t thaw the frozen cranberries.

You really need to make this…..the kids at the office inhale this when hubby takes it in.

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Cranberry Mandarin Orange Bread

2 3/4 c. flour                           2 tsp. baking powder                      1/4 tsp. baking soda

 1/2 tsp. salt                            1 3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted butter               2 eggs                    2 cups cranberries            1 cup drained mandarin oranges

3/4 cup milk                              3/4 cup sour cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 8×4 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and white sugar. Mix in the melted butter until the mixture looks crumbly. Stir in the cranberries and oranges. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream and vanilla extract. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the crown comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool in the pans for a while, then remove from the pans and place on wire racks to cool completely.

( I found this recipe over at Allrecipes.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cranberry-orange-bread-3/)