Sunday, April 17, 2011


Hey there bloggers,

So a few weekends ago, UConn won the National big deal. Of course, all I cared about was the food..of course. So my friend Caroline came over and we made cilantro white bean hummus and turkey black bean burgers! It was the perfect meal to cheer on Kemba and Shabazz to victory.

Cilantro White Bean Hummus
What ya need:

3 cans cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)

2 limes (juice and zest)

3 cloves garlic (chopped)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cups vegetable stock

1/3 cup chopped onion

a good handful of cilantro (chopped)

salt and pepper to taste

[[I also served the hummus with pita chips and make homemade pita chips, just grab some pita bread at the grocery store, cut it into triangles and bake at 350 degrees with some olive oil and salt and pepper until crispy.]]

What ya do:

*In a large stock pot, on medium high heat, combine the oil, onion, and garlic. When onions and garlic cook down a bit, add the beans and lime zest. Cook for another minute or two.

*Add in the veggie stock. Then add the cilantro and lime juice. Cover with a lid and bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.

*Use a blender or food processor to make the hummus creamy and smooth, and salt and pepper to taste.

*This recipe was originally a hummus "soup", but I decided to use it as a prepare for a little soupy consistency.

Turkey and Black Bean Burgers

What ya need:

16 ounces
cremini mushrooms

1 clove garlic

1/4 yellow onion

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup refried black beans

2 pounds turkey

1 teaspoon sea salt

fresh ground pepper

What ya do:

*Place mushrooms, garlic, and onion in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely ground. In a large skillet, melt the butter and cook the mushroom mixture until very soft, about 5-7 minutes over medium heat.

*Transfer the mixture into a large bowl, add the refried black beans, ground turkey, salt, and pepper, and mix all together until very well combined.

*Split the mixture into 6 even portions. Roll into balls and flatten into thick burgers. Cook in a skillet or on a barbecue grill until cooked through.

*I served these burgers on some nice rolls with some avocado and tomato, with a little mustard. Feel free to add whatever you usually like on your burgers! I do have to warn you, though these burgers were pretty tasty, they looked like dog poop. I don't mean to be gross, but seriously just look at the picture. So don't be alarmed if the meat is looking like something your dog may have digested...

Happy eating!

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