Friday, January 13, 2012

The Deconstructed Beanie Burger

Last night, I decided to use some ingredients that were in the kitchen while sneaking in some healthy eats. 

 Enter the deconstructed spicy black bean burgers with purple potato oven fries!

Deconstructed beanie burger
This is super easy - for the burgers do this:
- Carmelize onions in a pan with cooking spray and set aside
- Heat up a tortilla to act as the 'base' for each burger (just heat on each side until golden and bubbly)
- Now, heat the spicy black bean veggie burgers from Morningstar Farms - when you flip the burgers, put just a tablespoon or two of mozzarella on each and cover the pan to melt them
- Create your 'deconstruction' on the plate - tortilla, burger with cheese and onion, tomato slices, Romaine lettuce and a jalapeno dill pickle spear (I stuck a toothpick in the middle to stack it nicely)
- Serve with your fave condiment if you like (I do a bit of EVOO mayo with Sriracha and salt/pepper/onion powder/garlic powder)
- Optional - sprinkle with a modest amount of decadent salt, such as alderwood smoked sea salt (those are the funny specks in this pic - love my different salts!)

Purple potato oven 'fries'
For added enjoyment, try your hand at oven 'fried' purple potatoes. As Greg can attest, I've been very keen on these potatoes because their texture is lovely, they naturally lower blood pressure and they are kind of alien looking (and therefore cool). 

Slice your potatoes and throw in a bowl; drizzle with olive oil and salt/pepper/garlic powder/paprika/cayenne powder (whatever you like; experiment a bit). Throw onto a large round pizza stone which has been preheated in a 400 degree oven. Bake for about 35 minutes - watch it carefully so that the potatoes are nicely crisp on the outside but not burned. These look better in real life than they do in the photo, FYI....

Totally YUM! 

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