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Vegetarian Adventure: Welcome Home Lunch with the Sis!

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Emily is my younger sister and mini twin. People still get us mixed up: soccer coaches, neighbors, teachers. Even random people call me Emily and I KNOW they don’t know I have a sister called Emily, so I’m pretty sure they are psychic. Both of us never used to think we looked that much alike, but as we’ve grown up we can see why we sometimes confuse people. Look at those little nuggets below! We are pretty much adorbs!


This crazy little twin of mine went to study abroad in AUSTRALIA!! She left mid-February and got back July 2nd and we all missed her…well, some of us haha. Dad liked to jokingly say…” I have 19 EFDs left.” Take a wild guess…it means “Emily-Free-Days!” haha. He thinks he is really clever and funny and sometimes we just humor him, but that one was pretty good.

I wanted to welcome back Emily with a meal and I knew she had gone vegetarian so I had to quickly do some vegetarian recipe searching. She mentioned she liked black bean burgers and I found a pretty simple recipe for my first time making it and here it is! I never had a black bean burger but it was absolutely amazing!! I had done a workout outside right before, and these was a great, fresh lunch for my post workout.


Southwest Chipotle Black Bean Burger

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serving size: 6 patties



2 15 oz. Black Beans (Bush’s Best, reduced sodium)

1/2 small onion

1/2 small red pepper

1/2 small green pepper

1 egg

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 tomato

1 avocado

slices of provolone


1 tbl southwest chipotle (Mrs. Dash)

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp salt

2 tsp cilantro

1 tsp minced garlic

Notes: We made up our own spice mixture and it helped to add flavor to the burger. I’m not a big spicy person; mild BBQ wings can sometimes make my eyes water. Yes, I’m a weenie. This specific amount of spice is something I was able to tolerate, but you can bump down the 1 tbl of Southwest Chipotle to 1/2 tbl of southwest chipotle if you don’t like it super spicy but like the flavor. The flavor was FANTASTIC!

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  1. Rinse and drain the 2 cans of black beans in a colander. Then mash black beans in a bowl with fork until thick and pasty.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Chop red pepper, green pepper, and onion super fine. (If you have a food processor, you can use that for this step). Put vegetables in a separate bowl and add breadcrumbs.
  4. In small bowl, mix egg and spices.
  5. Stir egg mixture in with the beans.
  6. Add vegetable/breadcrumbs to bean/egg mixture.
  7. Add aluminum foil to a baking sheet and make bean burger patties.
  8. Bake patties for 10 minute on each side.
  9. Add a slice of cheese to the patties for the last minute they are in the oven.
  10. Add tomato slice, avocado slices and any condiments you’d like and enjoy!





Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-black-bean-veggie-burgers/


Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

One thought on “Vegetarian Adventure: Welcome Home Lunch with the Sis!

  1. Love that you call her your mini twin! Sounds like such a great relationship 🙂

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