The Veggie Burger of my Dreams.

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Today’s lunch was spice-my-face-off good.

Literally, I was in tears by the end it was so spicy.

It all came together because I couldn’t decide what I wanted for lunch, so I rummaged around the kitchen for a while until I figured it out.

Because I had all the ingredients and it sounded delicious, I decided to made a black bean burger (recipe below), which I topped with vegan pepperjack cheese and hot sauce and laid atop a bed of kale and sliced red onion dressed with spicy salsa.

Kale has some incredible health benefits and it’s incredibly filling, which is why I’ve been trying to incorporate more of it into my daily diet. For more info on why kale is a smart vegetable choice, check out this article. I found it very insightful, yet concise.

Although the kale tasted great, the black bean burger was my favorite part of the meal.

Not only was it hearty and delicious, but it was also vegan and gluten free. Even though I’m not adhering to either of these dietary restrictions at the moment, I do try to cut back on meat consumption as much as possible because I know it’s not the best for you in large quantities. Plus, I had some buckwheat flour on hand so I opted to make this gluten free as well.

But, you by no means have to make this burger according to either of these restrictions. Feel free to use regular flour and/or dairy cheese. Or, if you’re like me (after the photos), add a little sour cream or greek yogurt on top to anti-veganize the whole thing.

Here’s the recipe.

Spicy Black Bean Burger [for one]

adapted from The Healthy Everythingtarian’s Mexican Black Bean Burgers


3/4 cup canned or cooked black beans

a dash ea. of garlic powder, cumin, red pepper flake and black pepper

1 1/2 Tbsp. buckwheat flour (or any flour of choice or sub crushed crackers)

1 1/2 Tbsp. water

Directions: Combine all ingredients except water and mash well with a fork. Add water to desired consistency (should remain pretty thick). Form into a patty (I used my hands tucked into two plastic bags) and cook in a skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side.

Wa lah! Enjoy on top of a salad, on a bun or just by itself. I’m sure it’s delicious any way it’s served.


This afternoon I also got in a good workout. As I mentioned on Monday, I lift weights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and do strictly cardio Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays.

Today I drew up another plan so I’d have some direction. Otherwise, I tend to lose focus and start doing housework in the middle of my workout. Not, good.

I used 15 lb. dumbbells on every lift except the chest “curl,” which is actually more like a frontal “squeeze.”

Everything is pretty self explanatory. But if you have any questions or would like me to demonstrate a move, let me know! I’d be glad to explain it in more detail or do a photo or video demo on a future post.


Well that does it for me today. I just have to finish up some housework and figure out what to make for dinner.

All I know right now is that I’m seriously craving some baked french fries dipped in gobs of ketchup. Ketchup is only good in large quantities in my opinion.

Those weren’t all mine….I don’t think.


Now that I write this, it seems like most people I’ve met are either fans of or totally disgusted by ketchup. Where do you fall in this debate?

I’m a total ketchup lover. I literally squeeze like half a packet of ketchup on every bite of hamburger I eat. And you can’t even see what color my fries are by the time I eat them because they’re so covered in ketchup-y goodness. Mmmmmmm. Must, have, ketchup.

Alright, tootaloo! See you back soon.


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  1. I LOVE Ketchup! My hubby says it is because I’m Dutch, but I’m not sure what that has to do with anything!

    Tip – use a beverage lid at fast food places and squirt the ketchup (from the pump) on it, instead of juggling 13 little cups.

    • Good call! I do always juggle like 5 little ketchups, so I’m sure a beverage lid would be a vast improvement. Thanks Katie!

      • I don’t get the beverage lid. Whenever I see people do this I wonder how it works because of the straw hole in the lid??

        • Hmmm, I was wondering about that too. But I guess if you put a napkin underneath the lid it could work? Glad to hear you’re a ketchup fan like me : ) I think you’re on the right side of the debate.

  2. I like ketchup. A lot. But I don’t ever have too much when I dip anything, I prefer a 50% potato 50% ketchup ratio :)

    • I wondered if you’d be obsessed with ketchup, too…since we seem to have so much in common. This makes me smile : )

      Glad to hear you’re getting inspired by my lifting routines! Honestly, I’ve been inspired by YOU to amp up my running. So thanks friend!

      Oh, and happy bertday ; ) Happy happy day!

  3. Ketchup is good. Veggie burgers are not. No no. I like my burgers of the cow variety. (I think I was spoiled once when I ate a veggie dog. Not okay.)

    Ashley and I are super excited to seeee you on Saturday! Planning for the party and everything! So cute!

    Also, your workout is being stolen. Just so you know. I’m using it.

    • I won’t judge you on the cow burger love. At least not too much anyways ; )

      Can’t wait to see you girls either! I’m very much looking forward to yoga and awesome friend time : )

  4. disgusted by ketchup :)
    your burger looks delish lady!!

    • That’s OK about the ketchup. I won’t judge since you have such good taste otherwise ; )

      Thanks for the inspiration on the burger! I’d been craving one ever since your slslkhdlglk post last week : )

  5. This burger looks so juicy and on top of these beautiful veggies I am sure it was total pleasure!

  6. I wasnt too fond of catsup before until I met my husband. I mix it with a little mayo before I dip in my fries :)I came across your site from the foodie blog roll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this black bean burger widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for veggie burgers,Thanks!

    • Hi Alisa! Thanks for your interest in my veggie burger post. I added the widget to the bottom of the post as you requested. Here is the new link:

      Thanks! Dana

  7. I discovered your blog while surfing for a black bean burger recipe that I didn’t have to tweak because of food allergies. I’ve been craving a black bean burger for quite sometime and glad I found you. I’m about to make one right now. I love your blog because everyday should be a celebration! Thanks for the reminder. Chow!

  8. OMG. The burgers were so good, easy and quick to make! I even have enough for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous recipe. By the way, I used to be a real catsup fanatic like my papa, but not so much anymore. Chow!