Friday, August 26, 2016

{Recipe} Mushroom Black Bean Burgers

Here's another burger recipe that I'm pretty excited about.  It's based on this recipe and is vegan, oil free and very tasty!
Not to be confused with my Easy Bean Burgers, which are an easy and delicious pantry burger. These burgers take a bit more work and use lots of fresh veggies in the mix...they are so worth it!  Note: They do contain mushrooms which give them a nice 'beefy' texture. If you're not a fan, you could probably sub in another similar veggie.  They don't taste like mushrooms because there are a lot of other flavors going on.
Mushroom Black Bean Burgers
8 oz(about 9) of fresh mushrooms (I use Baby Bellas or button mushrooms)
1/2 carrot peeled (I use equivalent in baby carrots)
1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 small onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves of peeled garlic
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 TBS ketchup
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce (I use vegan)
2 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 1/2 cups dried oats(not instant) + 1 cup dried oats, divided
To make:
Start by processing the mushrooms, red pepper, carrot, onion & garlic in a food processor.
Pulse into a uniform mixture. Put veggie mix into a large bowl.
Into the empty (don't need to clean first) food processor add the black beans, 1 1/2 cup of oats, rice, condiments and seasonings.  Pulse until you have a mostly smooth mix with a few chunks.
Add the bean mixture to the vegetable mix in the bowl.  Stir to combine.
Stir in the final 1 cup of dried oats and mix well.  Cover bowl and leave out on your counter for 30 minutes or so.
After 30 minutes, use an ice cream scoop to form mounds onto a baking sheet covered with a silicone liner or parchment paper.
Press the mounds down to form patties (I used the plastic lid of a wide mouth Mason jar-it works really well).  Put tray in freezer for at least 30 minutes.   Take out and store individual patties in sandwich bags, keep frozen until ready to cook.
I make mine on my electric griddle.  You can also bake them or fry in a non stick pan. Brown both sides and cook on low to make sure the inside gets cooked.  I usually make the whole batch and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Put your burger together. I didn't have any hamburger buns so I used a toasted everything bagel.  I also added greens, tomatoes and a slice of Chao Coconut Herb vegan cheese. Divine!
Sooooo good!
The burgers are even good cold (once cooked).  We've put them on salads and used them in spaghetti sauce. I want to try a 'meatloaf' with this recipe. I think it would hold together well.
Enjoy your weekend! Have any fun plans for this almost-last-weekend-of-summer?
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

{Get Thrifty} Thursday 08.25.16

We checked out a new thrifting spot the other night.  It's called Savers and it's huge. 
The prices seemed a little higher but we still managed to score a few deals.   I found three tops that I love. We also got a mirrored tray for Miss High School and I added to my wide mouth Mason jar collection. The larger ones are great for salad in a jar storage.
Here's some close up detail on two of the shirts.  The blue one was new with tags and by Lauren Conrad. The chevron sleeveless blouse is from LOFT.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Porch Rug

This was a quick switcher-roo on the front porch. 
The old rug from my Porch In Progress post was starting to show it's age (3 years!) and it was time for a new one.  I found this handsome black and white striped one at Ikea (where else?) and switched out the old blue and white one.
Easy peasy!  I love how a little rug out there grounds the two rocking chairs.
Now for a side by side comparison.  Sometimes small changes make a big impact.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Warby Parker and Kill Screen Video Game Collaboration

Warby Parker reached out to me to help them share the launch of their collaboration with Kill Screen, a video gaming company.
From the press release: "On August 23(today!), Warby Parker’s first-ever—and totally free—video game will be revealed on screens at With the help of Highline Games, Warby Parker and Kill Screen designed a physics-based matching game that perfectly captures their shared love of design and entertainment. Its graphic elements are beautiful yet unexpected, and the gameplay hits the sweet spot of being both simple and fun."
I've tried the game and it IS both simple and fun, also calmingly addictive.  Yoga for your brain?
We've been long time fans of Warby Parker and have ordered four pairs of glasses from them over the years.  The website makes ordering glasses online so easy and their customer service has always been top notch.   They have so many current and on trend eyeglass styles to choose from.   I also love that for every pair of glasses you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need.
"The limited-edition glasses, Burke in Glacier Grey (a best-selling frame reimagined in a new hue), are crafted from premium cellulose acetate and equipped with lenses that have anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings—which conveniently reduce the glare from screens. (Score!) Inside the frame’s temple is an embossed Kill Screen logo in their signature red. Also included in the bundle is a custom lens pouch with artwork featuring the Kill Screen logo cleverly deconstructed into minimalist lines and shapes."
What do you think of this new color? Are you going to go check out the new video game?
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