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The move is complete! If you’ve followed my social media, you know I have just recently moved… Hence the radio silence over here! While I’m still on the hunt for a job, I’m going a little stir crazy at home and trying to save money so I don’t go broke during the transition. I know this feeling all too well, so I made this Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger. Sweet and smoky, with a little heat, this burger is good for you AND easy on your wallet!
“…We don’t look backward for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things…” -Walt Disney
“Keep Moving Forward” is exactly what I’m planning to do in this new adventure. You know at the beginning of the year how we always resolve to do better than the last year? Well, what exactly is “better”? I often find myself measuring my life and accomplishments against those of my friends and family. But this time, I’ve decided that it isn’t about them, it’s about me! I’m going to live my life and work with what I’ve got.
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” – E.B. White
If those just don’t fit into what I’m about right now… I don’t know if there could be any better quotes! I’ve started doing some research on foods that are good for your mental health, specifically foods that are good for stress. If you’re dealing with a stressful time, it’s important to consume foods that are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and tryptophan.
Each of these nutrients helps the brain to function optimally as they aid the body in the release of (natural) dopamine and serotonin. Lucky for you, these burgers contain all five! Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene and vitamin E. Red bell pepper adds some vitamin C. Magnesium comes from the black beans and the avocado slices on top of your burger. Quinoa, oats, and the black beans all come together to offer up some tryptophan.
… Maybe we should call these burgers “Don’t Worry (Sweet Potato) & Bean Happy” Burgers! (Ohmygawd stop! I already face-palmed myself for that one…)
As I mentioned, moving makes for a tighter wallet. So, I went into my pantry and fridge and pulled together the ingredients to make this burger. A sweet potato, leftover quinoa, old-fashioned oats, frozen corn, garlic, half a can of black beans, some cherry tomatoes and green onions that I’d been growing… I was on track, though a little worried. If this is truly to be a budget-friendly burger, how many burgers am I going to get from these ingredients on hand? Well, 6 burgers later, there was enough mix left over to use for some taco filling and/or taco salads! So far so good!
All in all, I only spent a little money on 6 items to round out my burger (chipotles in adobo, a bell pepper, and buns). Since that only cost me about $3.00 thanks to coupons and sales, I’m feeling pretty good about technically only spending (this time around) about $0.45 per burger! (I know I had bought the rest of the stuff, but since a lot of it is from leftovers/pantry staples and it’s my blog, I don’t feel like counting it. 🙂
These burgers are freezable and are going to be great for summer cookouts! We have a flat-top grill here that just gets a squirt of oil when we grill. If using a gas or charcoal grill with grates, you may want to put a greased sheet of aluminum foil or consider using a non-stick pan for cooking so they don’t stick to the grill grates.
For lids like I use to form my patties try these out!
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