Meatless Monday Meal Idea: Black Bean Burgers & Jicama Fries!

Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients: (makes 6 burgers)
2 cans black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 carrots, grated
1/2 cup dry rolled gluten-free oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

To Prepare:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Next, add the oats and sunflower seeds to your food processor and grind until coarsely chopped (they will still be a little chunky). Let it run for roughly 10 seconds. Grate the carrots, and then add to your mixture in the food processor. Add 3/4 of the beans, all spices, and the olive oil. Once all of this is in the food processor, give it a whir and mix it all together.

Spoon mixture into a mixing bowl and then fold in the rest of the whole, reserved beans. Wet your hands and then form into 6 medium sized patties. Place patties on a non-stick baking sheet or into a baking pan, and bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, turning once in the middle.

*If you want to grill these, pre-bake them for 30 minutes at 300, and then throw them on the grill to reheat and get a little extra browning.

Jicama Fries
This root vegetable has a crispness that brings an entirely new texture and feel to fries for almost half the calories and carbs of potatoes. Adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Appropriate for: clean, gluten-free, high-fiber, low-carb, low-sugar, paleo, vegan, vegetarian diets

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon cold pressed olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pound jicama, peeled and cut into medium-sized fries*

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Heat coconut oil in an heat-proof glass bowl in the microwave or in oven.
3. Combine pepper, salt, chipotle powder, onion powder, and paprika in a small bowl or shaker.
4. Toss jicama fries in warm coconut oil to coat, and sprinkle on seasonings as you go.
5. Place a cooling rack on a sheet pan and spread fries on it evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and serve at once.

*A mandoline makes quick work of creating your fries.

Serves: 4 to 6
Start to Finish: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving: Total Calories: 75, 152 mg Sodium, 10g Carbs, 6g Fiber, 4g Fat, 3g Saturated Fat, 1g Protein, 16mg Calcium, 1mg Iron

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Reprinted from Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods (October 2013) by Julie and Charles Mayfield

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