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Black Bean Burgers and Shouting While Running

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Before taking Brian through another “boot camp” workout yesterday evening, I went on a little 3 mile jog.  When I am running, I absolutely LOVE seeing other people running.  I usually give a little smile to other runners as a little signal meaning something like “Hey!  You’re running too?  Keep it up!”  or at least that is what I think it means.

When I was running yesterday, an older man was running the opposite direction as me, and as our paths crossed he threw his fist in the air and shouted “Yeah!”  It got me so fired up!  I smiled and nodded like I usually do.  This gave me a little burst of energy throughout the rest of my run.  A little while later, I saw a woman jogging with her dog…and it just happened to be a breed of dog that Brian and I are seriously considering owning one day.  A Hungarian Vizsla.


I thought her dog was so cute, and I was so fired up that I almost yelled “I love your dog!” and stopped her (and myself) mid run to play with it.  Then I realized that she had her headphones in, most people don’t just stop a random stranger mid-run to play with their puppy, and that most people don’t shout at someone yards away while running in opposite directions.  So, I just admired it as I ran by.  It was pretty darn cute though!


After Brian and I completed his workout, I whipped up a new recipe for dinner.  Homemade Black Bean Burgers.  Seriously, these are so easy, and really tasty.  They would even be great to make ahead of time and freeze for use on a later date!

Black Bean Burgers

Cook Time:  about 20 minutes including prep

Yields:  4 Servings


  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (or oats processed in the food processor)
  • 2 Tbsp worchestire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper


Drain and rinse your can of black beans and pour into a large bowl.

Mash the black beans with a fork or a mashed potato masher until they are mostly mashed…some pieces will still look whole.

Add in the oat flour, onion, and spices.

Mix together thoroughly and form into four equally sized balls.

Flatten each ball into a patty and place on a large skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray on medium-high heat.  Brown on each side for 5-7 minutes.

I enjoyed mine on two pieces of lettuce with tomato, onion, and salsa.  Brian enjoyed his on a whole wheat english muffin with lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese, and salsa.  Both were delicious!!

For storage of leftovers:  Store the cooked patties in a zip lock bag with wax paper between each patty in the freezer if storing for more than a couple of days.


Calories: 181  Fat:  1.2g  Carbohydrates:  39g  Protein:  10.8g


For breakfast this morning, I actually prepared it while I was making dinner…another batch of overnight oats!

Topped with strawberries and 2 tsp of homemade peanut butter of course 🙂  Now, I am off to head outdoors and run.  I hope you all had a great start to your day!

Question of the Morning:

  • Do you smile and wave at people while you are running in public?
  • What is your favorite dog?

Herbs and Tastings

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The one thing I love about going home (ok there are plenty of other things I love about going home) is all of the goodies I get to take with me!  My mom gave me a bread-maker (I can’t wait to use it!), a TON of splenda, some sugar free kahlua flavored syrup, and some cucumbers, zucchini, and green beans from the garden!  I think that is my favorite part of summer, food from the garden.

Mom gave me some herbs!

She also gave me some herbs!  She has chives growing out the wazoo and she also gave me some parsley.  Mom gave me the chives with all of the roots hoping that I would plant it in a pot, but I don’t have a pot to plant it in, so I cut the roots off 😦 I do plan on planting the parsley after it grows some roots.

After coming home, I checked on the basil that I took from Kelsey a week ago and there were plenty of roots!  So, I decided it was ready to plant.

Parsley with no roots...yet!

Planting the basil


The basil is planted!

I stuck my parsley in a jar of water and I hope that in a week it will be ready to plant too!  I planted parsley and basil seeds around a month ago and for some reason they just didn’t take.

Parsley with no roots...yet!

Parsley with no roots...yet!

For dinner, I wanted to make something quick so I made Morningstar Farms Spice Blackbean Burgers and put them in a La Tortilla Factory tortillas with some corn and blackbean salsa, romaine lettuce, red onion, tomato, and sriracha.  On the side we had roasted green bean fries.  It was the first time I had made them and I will definitely be making them again.

I started by snapping off the ends that were attached to the plant and rinsing them in water.  I then tossed them in nonstick cooking spray and seasoned them with spud spice and salt and pepper.  I then put them in the oven heated to 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  At 10 minutes, I turned them over and cooked them for 10 more minutes.  They were the perfect side!

Black bean burger wrap and green bean fries

After dinner, Brian and I met up with some friends for drinks at a little wine bar. Our friend Caitlin and I enjoyed a glass of Moscato.

We really enjoy sweet, crisp, and refreshing wines, but we both decided that we are going to work on enjoying red wine more.  😉  For some reason, one of the servers at the bar really liked our table and kept offering us free wine…we did not refuse!

It was a great evening out, but tomorrow Brian starts school so we have to get ready for the week!