I’m always looking for ways to create easy meals that don’t require a whole lot of effort. As some of you know, I do most, if not all, of my cooking on Sundays for the entire week which allows me to follow my strict diet while I’m at work and have a stress-free night after I get home.
My coworker, Danielle, recently started a gluten-free and dairy-free diet which is awesome for me because now I get to swap ideas with her at work. She mentioned a few weeks ago that she made a sweet potato black bean burger and froze it for easy meals. It was such a great idea I just had to try it myself! My coworkers are all quinoa lovers which has caused me to become a little obsessed with the idea of incorporating it into any meal that I can. (I also blame them for my new found love of The Bachelor. Sigh.) These sweet potato black bean quinoa burgers were no different! The verdict? Amazzzzingggg!! Even Michael, who is an avid meat eater and not really a fan of sweet potatoes, absolutely loved these. I believe the words “Wow! I would actually eat this!” came out of his mouth. Which coming from him, means they are pretty darn good!
- 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 lb), peeled, cubed and cooked
- 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg (or should I say.. a dash? Man, I'm funny.)
- In a small saucepan, bring water and quinoa to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the water has absorbed and quinoa is cooked through. Cook your potatoes whichever way you prefer (I boiled my cubed potatoes in water for about 20 minutes).
- Add your cooked sweet potatoes and half of the black beans to a Vitamix or other food processor/blender. Process until combined. Then, transfer contents into a medium bowl and stir in the rest of the black beans, almond meal, quinoa, chopped onion, and spices. Form 8 patties and place on a greased baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350F. When ready, bake your burgers for 35-45 minutes until lightly browned cooked through.