The votes are in! The two most popular names for my granola bar were Candid Bar and Complete. There were also several votes for Gina Bar and Ceres. The two I like best are Complete and Ceres (Ceres means “goodness of agriculture and grains” in Latin). You can still give me your opinions if you haven’t yet, as I’m still deciding….
I’ve been completely preoccupied lately by my granola bars, my e-book (I’m about half way done already!) and house decorating (I met with our decorator yesterday and I’m so excited to get the ball rolling), but I’m still making time to cook healthy, yet simple meals for dinners and lunches. Once a week I take about 90 minutes to prepare meat, vegetables, and all of the components for Nick and my lunches for work the following week. For about a month I was making Nick bean burritos with whole wheat tortillas, refried beans, cheese and salsa, but the other day I decided to try something with my food processor.
I remembered I had put this in Nick’s stocking:Nick claims he “will eat anything that has bacon in it”, so I just had to give this a try! It was sort of a joke, but at the same time, it tastes really good.
I decided to create a new bean burger recipe. After creating the bean burgers I realized they were more like bean pancakes. Here is the recipe;
Black Bean Pancakes
(Makes ~ 9 pancakes)
1 can black beans (15 ounces)
3 cups old fashioned oats
2 large handfuls of spinach
Any seasoning you choose
** I added a bit of salt and some of this bacon flavoring, which also has salt. This was not included in the nutrient analysis below. **
Drain the can of beans, but leave a little liquid (don’t drain them until bone dry!). Add to your food processor with two cups of oats and the two handfuls of spinach. Puree until smooth. Add your seasonings, puree again. Next, add the last cup of oats, but do not puree, simply mix them into the bean and oat puree.
Get a skillet and heat it to medium heat. Drop several clumps/balls (a little more than 1/4 cup each) onto the skillet and let the one side get cooked. After about 30 seconds flip the clumps/balls and then flatten the clumps with your spatula and cook on other side for about a minute. Then flip to other side for another 30 seconds. Finished!
(Serving Size: 1 pancake)
I know they do not look appealing, at all, but they were delicious!** No, I do not always buy organic ketchup. This ketchup, however, happened to be the same price as the conventional, so I bought it!