Running a household of five has made me the latest case of adult ADHD and I tend to over think the simplest tasks only to realize at 5pm that an entire day has gone by and I am still in need of dinner. Last night was no different, and as I was struggling to come up with something cool and unusual for dinner and at the same time for my blog today, I stayed up half the night in that weird space between sleep and awake, only to wake up to… nothing that would revolutionize the use of the rice cooker.
Now at 6 in the morning, still half asleep, I stare into my fridge, before heading to the store for some dinner ingredients, (at least I am way ahead of schedule today) and as I saw all the Tupperware containers filled with ingredients like fragrant basmati rice, frittata cups, last night’s risotto leftovers, steamed vegetables, quinoa and cooked black beans, I realized how important my rice cooker is… it didn’t need to perform miracles, it just needed to help me navigate through daily nutritious meals for my family (although every meal in my family is a result of some sort of miracle, either in the planning phase or at the execution level). I would like to think that I am the only scatterbrained mom out there scrambling for dinner at the last minute, but I have enough friends to know that it is not the case, and therefore to all the moms out there I don’t know… GO GET YOURSELF AN AROMA RICE COOKER! All the above mentioned leftovers in my fridge are a result of a meal that was cooked in the rice cooker, and usually I can doctor these things together and make a delicious meal for a few nights.
Tonight I will take the leftover quinoa, steamed mixed vegetables and the cooked black beans and make fresh black bean burgers using the Aroma Super Pot™ 3-in-1 Grill.
2 cups cooked black beans
1 cup cooked rice of your choice or cooked quinoa
1 cup steamed vegetables of your choice (don’t worry they all work and your kids will eat things they don’t even know are good for them!)
1 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper and optional red pepper flakes, if you like a little heat in your life
lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese and all other hamburger toppings of your choice
In a food processor pulse all ingredients together for 10 seconds or so, except save 1 cup of beans whole to add afterwards to give some texture to your patties. Form your patties like you would normally and cook them on the Super Pot at 400F. Grill on both sides, turning after 3-4 minutes. Serve with buns and all the fixings, just like you would a regular burger.
My children now prefer these healthy vegetarian burgers to their beefy counterparts! If your family is trying to transition into more vegetables in their diets you can make these burgers half and half, use half beef of turkey and the other half with the above recipe… sure to be a hit!
Over to You
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