It is amazing to me how much of my time is spent looking at recipes and yet each week, I am puzzled by what to make for dinner.  I know that I am not alone in this struggle.  I have my staples that seem to make a weekly appearance but I love when I am pleasantly surprised by a new recipe and both my husband and I like it well enough that I know that it will be a repeat.  I expected these Black Bean Burgers to be ok, but they sort of blew my mind.

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These Black Bean Burgers are packed with flavorful ingredients like garlic, cilantro, lime and onion just to name a few.  The combination of fresh herbs and ingredients with the dry spices creates such a great depth of flavor.  I ate my Black Bean Burger open-faced and topped it with homemade guacamole and my favorite hot sauce.

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Besides their incredible flavor, the second best thing about these Black Bean Burgers is how quick they are to make.  Bake up some potato wedges and broccoli on a separate baking sheet while you bake the burgers, and you can have a healthy dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

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Black Bean Burgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Bursting with flavor and perfectly spiced, Black Bean Burgers will become a regular staple in your weekly mean plan


  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • dash of worcestershire sauce
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 whole wheat buns and other toppings (such as guacamole, hot sauce) for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place black beans into a strainer and rinse well under running water drain.
  4. Place beans into a medium bowl and mash lightly (the beans do not all need to be completely mashed).
  5. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix to combine.
  6. Divide into 4 servings and form into patties with your hands. Place burgers onto prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through baking.
  8. Serve on buns with desired toppings.

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It has been awhile since I have done a “What I’m Loving” post, but I have missed it!  I love finding good round-ups to learn about new blogs and recipes.  I will be choosing a theme to bring to you with each of these posts and the theme to kick us off is avocados!

Sweet or savory, I can’t get enough of the creamy, dreamy texture of avocados and they lend such a subtle flavor to so many dishes.  One of my favorite lunches is mashed avocado on toast with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of chili flakes, salt and pepper.  Here are a few dishes that feature avocado that I cannot wait to try!

Avocado Bacon Pasta Salad from Host the Toast Blog:  Smooth creamy avocado with crispy salty bacon might be a flavor combination that ranks right up there with chocolate and peanut butter for me.  And that is saying a lot.

Baked Avocado Fries with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce from Eat Drink Love:  I can just imagine the crispy breaded outside of these fries contrasting the creamy inside of avocados, yum!

Avocado Banana Bread from Crazy for Crust:  Can you imagine how moist this bread is with that avocado used as the primary fat source??

Stovetop Avocado Mac & Cheese from Two Peas & Their Pod:  This takes creamy to a whole new level…..

ABCT (Avocado, Bacon, Cheese, Tomato) Sandwich from One Lovely Life:  I much prefer my BLT’s with avocado and the addition of pepperjack cheese would add a nice kick of heat.

What is your favorite way to enjoy avocados?  Links to recipes welcome 🙂

Any theme recommendations for the next edition of What I’m Loving?

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I have never loved eggs.  For some reason, if you even present them to me before noon, just the smell makes me a little nauseous.  Which is why it is particularly interesting that I have a new found love for egg salad and deviled eggs.  That’s the great thing about growing older.  So many of our tastes change and we come to enjoy foods that we didn’t care for at all as children.  Some of the other foods I have grown to like are raw bell peppers, raw tomatoes and cilantro.

I am so happy to have found this new adoration for egg salad because it is a great option for weekday lunches.  I get in such a rut and get so tired of turkey wraps.  The egg salad that I made this week is not your grandma’s egg salad. It is all dressed up with southwestern flavors like cilantro, cumin and cayenne pepper.

It seems like everyone has their own twist on egg salad.  I love traditional egg salad with mayo, mustard and some celery for crunch.  One of my other favorites is curried egg salad.  Especially this time of year, egg dishes seem to be popping up all over the blog and magazine world.  I was excited to try this twist on egg salad because I love southwestern flavors.  The cumin and cilantro do not overpower, but just add enough spice and flavor to keep you wanting more.  And instead of the traditional paprika sprinkled over the top of this egg salad, I kicked it up a notch and used cayenne pepper.  It added the same color contrast, but a bit more heat.

What foods or flavors have you come to enjoy in your adult life that you couldn’t have been forced to eat as a child?

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combine egg yolks and mayo, mustard powder, cumin and cilantro

*Note:  I purchased a tube of pre-chopped cilantro because I got tired of buying bunches of cilantro, using a handful and wasting the rest.  I found this tube in the produce section of my grocery store and I love it because now I have cilantro on hand whenever I need it!

combine with chopped egg whites

sprinkle with cayenne pepper and serve on your favorite bread

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