Natie’s Bean Burgers


When my youngest was a little guy he was very stubborn when it came to trying new foods.  His tiny lips would clamp shut and there was not a thing I could do but wait.  And cajole, I did a whole lot of cajoling. Have you ever cajoled a tiny human?

I did usually succeed in getting him to try the food, however there was another long wait as he chewed.  He would shoot up his pointer finger as I asked, “well?”.  That tiny digit, was at times the focus of everyone at the dinner table. He would tip his head to one side, then the other, tuck his chin into his chest, and look off into an unknown distance only he could see in his 3-yr-old mind.  All with his finger pointing upward, instructing us to wait for his response until he was finished chewing.  While I appreciated his good manners at such a young age and him not wanting to talk with his mouth full, I was amused each time as he simply nodded his approval.   It was unusual that he didn’t like the new dish, but if that was the case there was absolutely no wait for that response.   He let me know immediately if he didn’t like something.

Here is a Natie approved recipe:

You need: 2 c. cooked pinto beans,

1 c. oats, (or any mixture of wheat germ, ground flax seed, bread crumbs etc.)

1/4 -1/2 c. sunflower seeds,

1/4 c. carrot or zuchinni, or both (shred and then chop shreds),

1/2 an onion, minced

3 fat cloves garlic, minced

Salt, Pepper, and Chili Flakes to suit your individual taste.

1 egg (skip if you’re vegan)

Mix all thouroughly and mash beans as you mix.  Use hands and knead ingredients together for a minute or two.  Form into firm balls and make patties.  Fry in small amount of oil.  Serve like any other burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, mustard, ketchup all on a nice, toasted, whole wheat bun.

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