Black Bean Bonanza

30 Dec

Thanks for the feedback on the facebook stalking. It seems like most admitted to it with a few thrown in there who think it spells out bad news. I like to hear what people’s thoughts are on it with exes since I like to stalk for a day or two and then get bored with them. I think it’s the whole intrigue of where they are now, have they changed-if so, for better or worse, etc. I became friends with another ex from college this past spring and we ending up talking one night and he changed….for the worst. He was a really nice guy when we dated but has become bitter towards women, almost in a masochistic way. It’s weird how much people can change. I have gotten a lot nicer and more patient since college but some others I’ve seen have changed in a negative way. Oh well, people are people.

So, I’m on a little black bean kick. The madness started last night. I wanted to make something quick and delicious for dinner but after scouring my cupboards, I couldn’t come up with anything. Then I remembered the six-pack of black bean cans I had sitting there and black bean burgers automatically popped into my mind.

Except I didn’t have onion, pepper or any eggs, which I always use in mind. I was going to say eff it since I had something cooking on the stovetop but really wanted to make black bean burgers since I got the idea in my head. I finished up my cooking and went to the supermarket to pick up some onion, peppers, eggs and other random stuff then back at home to start on the burgers.

I chopped up half an onion and one pepper then threw into a mixing bowl with breadcrumbs (about 1/3 cup) garlic, chili powder and a dash of salt.

I threw a can of the black beans in my magic bullet with a little of the liquid from the can to soften them up a bit. Every black bean burger recipe I’ve seen tells you to mash with a fork and that never works for me, so I figured this can’t hurt.

They were watery but definitely broken up more than mashing with a fork, I threw into the mixing bowl and mixed with the other ingredients and one egg.

After doing that, I threw boil-in-a-bag brown rice into the microwave and cooked for 10 minutes.

I will definitely be doing this again, I always make mine on the stovetop but this is way more convenient.

I formed into four patties and threw them on the stovetop with a little oil in there already.

I flipped about three or four times

I put half the bag of rice on a plate, topped with salsa that I received in the holiday gift exchange from Anna with the burger on top.

And how cool is this picture on the protective seal of Daisy’s sour cream? I love natural beauty, especially when paired with sour cream.

I then topped with a couple of tablespoons of cheese, microwaved for 30 seconds then topped with a dollop of sour cream and tabasco

Mission accomplished–a quick and delicious meal.

This is definitely the best black bean burger I’ve made to date. I like to think it was because of putting the beans in the magic bullet. I had one later last night alone and it was zesty and moist-hooray!

I did a short kettlebell workout after that which later turned into a Michael Jackson dance party…..again.

Kettlebell-20 lbs

Upright Deltoid Rows (13 reps, 3 sets)

Halos (13 reps, 3 sets)

Shrugs (13 reps, 3 sets)

Lateral Bench Press (13 reps, 3 sets)

Dumbbell Raise (13 reps, 2 sets)

Swings (13 reps, 3 sets)

Side Bends (20 reps, 2 sets)

Deadlifts (20 reps, 2 sets)

Between the legs pass (25 reps, 2 sets)

Dumbbell-15 lbs

Tricep Extensions (13 reps, 2 sets)

Curls (13 reps, 2 sets)


Push Ups (25 reps, sets)

It felt great to move and get my heart rate up there after a long weekend of eating and sleeping!

Getting back to work today was rough. I had to catch up on so much but there were a lot of people out of the office which helped because that means fewer distractions for me. One of my co-workers told me he had a Qdoba BOGO coupon that expired on 12/31/10 and asked if I want to go. Lunch for $3?? Of course I want to go.

And you know what I got?

A naked grilled chicken taco salad….with extra black beans. What can I say, when I like something, I really, really like it! I hate trying to snap a picture in front of my co-workers, I feel so sketchy doing so because I do it really quick and hope no one hears my phone cam go off. Anyone know how to turn off the sound of the camera taking a snapshot on Blackberry? I searched all over the help guide on my phone and can’t find squat.

At work, it was me and the guys, which I love. We talked about sports, naturally. Then they started talking about Julius Peppers, a defensive end for the Bears who used to play here for the Panthers. One of the guys was saying how huge he was in person-both tall and wide but he is one of the quickest in the league. I’ve seen him play but never realized how huge he was so when I got back to my desk, I googled him. All the pictures seemed to be of him in uniform but I wanted to see a normal picture so I clicked on one of the Google results and went to the webpage. And my computer froze. Of course, it wasn’t a normal page. Oh no, it was some page called “Sexy Black Men” and my frickin computer froze! I was waiting for my manager to walk by, ask what was going on and then get fired for looking at porn while at work but thankfully, that didn’t happen. When my computer restarted, I finally found a normal picture of him. He is a pretty big guy–look at those hands!

 I need to start looking at the names of these sites before I click on them…..especially while at work!

 Dinner, again, black bean burgers. I can’t help myself!

Mmmmmmmm. I need to make another batch of these….soon!

And now I’m off, I am going to a friend’s house tomorrow for NYE to just hang out, watch movies, eat and drink. I am going to be making some appetizers to bring over to her place but need to put my shopping list together.

New Year’s Eve: Amateur night or paint the town red?

11 Responses to “Black Bean Bonanza”

  1. This Italian Family December 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Ooooh my goodness, AWKWARD! I’m so glad your computer restarted just fine and no one walked by, haha! That would’ve been so bad.

    Yummy black beans! I just made black bean burgers for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised how much I liked them. And even more surprised how much Christopher loved them!

  2. Katie H. December 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    I am the same way- when I like something, I really like it!

    Omg that would have been horrifying if your boss walked by with the screen frozen.. yikes!

    Enjoy your NYE- it sounds nice and relaxing! 🙂

    Amateur night fo sho!

  3. Kace December 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    I have been dreaming about owning a Magic Bullet for 5 years now. I used to watch the infomercials while I was sick and not allowed to eat anything so I’d just drool and live vicariously through the actors haha.

    • simplyshaka January 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      I know what you mean. I got mine last December but didn’t open it up until this summer for some reason. I absolutely love it.

  4. erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    I am pretty much obsessed with salsa and rice and black beans currently I definitely need to make this. Thanks so much for sharing.


  5. janetha @ meals & moves December 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    HAHAHAHAHA ohhhh thank you for the laugh!

  6. sheila @ girl on the couch December 31, 2010 at 1:48 am #

    Wow, those look goooood! Must try soon! Btw, thanks for the good laugh! I’ve done that before on my computer and hope my computer would re-start before anyone sees. I don’t want anyone thinking i’m a perv! Lol. Good laugh though! 🙂 Oh and enjoy your NYE!

  7. Diana@mymarblerye December 31, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    House party tonight for me! I’m determined to make those bbbs next week! Stop googling hawt black men! This post should have been titled hot black yummied

  8. Amy @ Second City Randomness December 31, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    I’m still wondering what’s going on for tonight. I think I’m going out. At some point while trying to find the bottom of my wine bottle last night, I got sassy and think I may have rounded up a date to a house party? I’m really not sure…

    Either way, I’m sort of thankful I decided against the bar scene… my wallet is thanking me today.

  9. nic - the auspicious squirrel January 1, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    The burgers look great!

    I hadn’t thought about mashing the beans in the bullet… good call! 🙂

    • simplyshaka January 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      Thanks, I can’t believe it worked so well. Just be sure to add some liquid in there!

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