Friday, February 11, 2011

Peace & Love, and a veggie burger

Self magazine's Bean & 'Bello Burger
(Photo from Epicurious)
According to Booth Moore of the Los Angeles Times, "fall is all about spiritual transcendence, 1970s style." Readily apparent in Mara Hoffman's collection, which just debuted--presentation style--in New York, the theme took shape in the form of long, wispy dresses; most with hoods attached. 

Fit for the adventurous (and fashionable) female traveler, Hoffman's dresses pay tribute to Peruvian culture and quite frankly, Joni Mitchell's carefree essence. Hey, any excuse to eat tempeh and roll around in the grass in braids and a "man repelling" (I just love her) caftan is good enough for me. 

With that said, I have a wonderful, easy recipe for a delicious, D.I.Y. veggie burger. Don't be frightened; it's a cinch and packed with fiber. I found it on Epicurious and dazzled my husband with it. He didn't know I could make something so healthy into something so good. Really, the rich, almost meat-like flavor comes from the Portobellos, but I'll keep that to myself. 

(All photos from
Bean & 'Bello burger 
(Slightly adapted from the original recipe published in Self magazine and on

  • 4 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 medium portobellos, diced

  • 1/2 red onion, diced

  • 1 can (15 ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 6 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs

  • 4 whole wheat bread or wheat buns 

  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

  • Low-fat Monterey Jack cheese 

  • 4 tomato slices

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 4 to 5 minutes. 

    Add beans, paprika, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook, smashing beans with the back of a spoon, 1 to 2 minutes more. 

    Transfer mixture to a bowl and mix in eggs, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and breadcrumbs. Form into 4 patties. 

    Wipe out skillet; heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat and cook burgers until brown and feels firm, 6 to 7 minutes each side. After the first flip, place a thin slice of cheese on each patty. 

    Place on toasted bread/buns; top with barbecue sauce and tomato. If you want, you can add lettuce too. 


    1. YUM, this is perfect. I've been wanting to make a mushroom burger for so long! I'm totally going to now!

      Those dresses are amazing, too!

    2. These dresses are gorgeous!<3

      Stop by sometime dear!


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