I had some black beans in the freezer that I needed to use up. I was leafing through V-con, and saw a nice looking recipe for black-bean burgers. I had all the ingredients here, so I decided to make them. They came together in a total of 15 minutes. So it's a super quick and easy recipe. They were really, really good. Probably the best bean burgers I've ever made. Like the chickpea cutlets, they use vital wheat gluten to bind them and give them a bit of a chewy texture. That texture is a little difficult for me to get used to. It wouldn't bother me in a store-bought product, but for some reason it's a weird texture for food that I make at home. The bean burgers (and the chickpea cutlets), are both fantastic, though. I guess it will just take a little getting used to. I definitely plan on making these again. They're just so easy. I topped them with a little sour cream and salsa, and I ate mine sans buns. I roasted some asparagus to go with them. Honestly, finding a nice variety of veggies in WV in the winter is not easy. I feel like it's always broccoli, asparagus and brussel sprouts!
The previous night, I made some baked ziti. I used to make it frequently, but realized that I hadn't even made it since I started this blog! I used whole-wheat penne pasta, some ricotta, and some crushed tomatoes which I seasoned with garlic and other Italian spices. I topped it with mozzerella, and baked at 350 for about 30 minutes. It was pretty tasty, and it's something the kids will actually eat!
I have to say, I haven't been using the computer or listening to music much this week. I bought the latest Stephen King book, Duma Key, last weekend. I started reading it Monday, and it has pretty much consumed every spare minute. It's very, very good. Then again, I've never read a Stephen King book that I didn't like. Duma Key has really gotten rave reviews, though. I'll probably finish it sometime today.