In a recent post, I admitted feeling torn between my wonderful husband (Meat Man) and beautiful daughter (Vegan Girl) when attempting to create healthy family meals. I myself make many vegan dietary choices, but as my husband believes that he will pass away painfully if he doesn't eat meat and my daughter is as deeply committed to her vegan lifestyle, what's a mom to do? Well, I came up with my own solution, called "modular" cooking. It allows me to prepare healthy meals that everyone will eat and I don't have to "cook two meals" every night. What's my secret? On Sundays, I cook up small amounts of meat and place them in serving size baggies in my freezer and fridge for the week. Then I cook great vegan meals each night and 5 nights a week I add the meat in small amounts to the meals for my husband after I plate the vegan portions for my daughter and myself. It cuts down dramatically on the amount of meat my husband eats and allows us to eat healthy delicious dinners together.
This great recipe doesn't even require pre-cooked meat for my carnivore because the meat is prosciutto (Italian ham, sliced thin). For my daughter and myself, this recipe is called "Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa and chips," and when I serve it to my "Meat Man," it's called "Prosciutto Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa and chips." The meat serving is tiny and the recipe is yummy and super healthy! And even better, you can speed up this great meal by using pre-prepared, frozen black bean burgers.
- 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 Tbs. dried onion flakes
- Egg replacer to equal 1 egg
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. hot sauce (like Tabasco)
- 1 cup crushed crackers or bread crumbs
- Vegetable oil
- Commercially prepared mango salsa (I like Newman's)
- Vegan buns
- Corn chips
- Veganaise (optional)
- Cilantro (optional)
- Heat some oil (around 2 Tbs.) in a frying pan over medium high heat
- In a small bowl, mix the egg replacer, hot sauce, and cayenne with a fork
- In a blender or bowl, combine the beans, onion flakes, egg mixture, and bread crumbs or crushed crackers. Mash and blend well
- Form the bean mixture into patties
- Fry the patties in hot oil, flipping when done on one side (about 2 minutes)
- Arrange the burgers on buns (spreading with veganaise if you like) and top with the mango salsa and cilantro for vegans. Serve with chips.
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