I don’t know who said it, but it’s true: necessity is the mother of invention. Or, in my case, hunger was the mother of invention!
I had two days last week of absolute hunger. I have no idea why, but I just couldn’t get enough to eat. I’d eat, be full, then an hour or so later, starving again. True, physiological hunger. Not psychological hunger. So weird! The only think I can come up with is my new weight training work out. I’ve read in numerous places that lifting heavier weights makes people hungry. But, it usually happens on the days they lift. My hungry apparently comes on the days I don’t lift. Go figure.
Regardless of the reason, this is what I came up with for dinner….
1 can beans (about 1.5 c)
1/4 c thick liquid (I used salsa, but ketchup would work, tomato sauce, etc)
1/4 c nutritional yeast
1/2 c quinoa flakes or rolled oats
Optional: fresh herbs and/or seasonings
Rinse beans if using canned. Mash beans with a fork or potato masher. (Or, if you’re lazy like me, use a mini-chopper or a Magic Bullet to do the hard work.) Add liquid, nutritional yeast, and quinoa or oats. This is also the time to add chopped, fresh herbs and/or seasonings if you’re using any. Mix everything and form into 4 even balls. Place on a foil lined pan sprayed with cooking spray. Slightly flatten balls into patties and bake at 375F for about 20 minutes (or until firm to the touch). Cool on pan for an additional 5 minutes or so.
Enjoy your 4 Ingredient Bean Burgers with a heaping side of gluten-free Baked Onion Rings. (Check tomorrow’s post for the recipe!)
I made my bean burgers with black beans, salsa, and quinoa flakes. I also threw in some chopped cilantro because I had some hanging out in the fridge that needed used pronto. I didn’t use any additional seasonings because my salsa was spicy enough. (I am in love with TJ’s Roasted Garlic Salsa!) But, I think these would be great with kidney beans and ketchup or tomato sauce, or garbanzo beans and hummus, or white beans and a ketchup/mustard mix. The combos are endless – and so easy!