blogger-inspired dinner

July 15, 2010

Today I’m hungry for cooking new recipes. I’ll admit that I’m not a big experimenter in the kitchen. I prepare myself a handful of go-to meals that are simple and filling that I happen to love.  My fiancé loves to cook.  He’s up for a challenge in the kitchen and I often leave the cooking to him.  However, after reading healthy living and food-related blogs over the past 6 months, I started bookmarking a number of recipes that I plan to make. One of my first blogger-inspired meals happened last night!

1st up: Emily’s black bean vegan burgers:

The recipes make 6 burgers but I cut it in half and made 3.

Started with some rolled oats and pepitas.

Next up grated carrots.

All together in the Cuisinart.

Whir around.

All the yummy spices + olive oil.

In they go.

Rinse & drain.  Add 3/4 to the Cuisinart.

The mix.

Fold in remaining black beans.

Form patties & place on non-stick baking sheet.

Place in 300 degree oven for 40 minutes, flipping once.

Done deal.

We had a refreshing rum cocktail during our food prep.

Next up: Kath’s slow & low potatoes:

We had 1 red potato & 2 sweet potatoes.

All sliced up.

Drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper. Baked for 40 minutes at 300 degrees (with burgers), then 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Our favorite condiments.  I mix Sriracha into my ketchup.  Love that heat!

My plate minus the condiments. I ate almost twice that many potatoes.

We both LOVED the black bean burger.  Great texture outside, dense & flavorful inside.  And the potatoes?  Let’s just say I’ll be making these often!

For dessert: BANANA SOFT SERVE!

I’ve seen this on many blogs but was recently inspired by Gena.

So simple.  Frozen bananas.

Into the Cuisinart.  Whir whir whir.

His with Butterfinger, mine with Peanut Butter Puffins.

It was amazing!  I knew it would be.  I just can’t believe it took me this long to try it.  Please make some for yourself  immediately.  :)

There are so many recipes I’m excited to try out in the coming weeks.  Billy and I are in the process of registering for our wedding and the timing couldn’t be more perfect to acquire some new kitchen gadgets.

Do you make recipes you’ve found on other blogs?  What is your favorite shared recipe?

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