Friday, March 18, 2011

Black Bean Cakes (My Reader's Submission To Ugly Foods That Taste Fabulous)!

Welcome back to our last day (Example #5)  of Ugly Foods that Taste Fabulous Week! 


I hope you have enjoyed this week's recipes as much as I have enjoyed sharing them! 

I make a lot of ugly things; in fact they are FUGLY as you can tell from all my photos this week!  But it's nice to know that I'm not the only one.  So thank you, thank you to Alison at The Crockpot Challenge for submitting me your very own ugly food that tastes fabulous recipe - black bean cakes.   Alison didn't have a photo of the recipe but I found a dozen or more online to compliment the recipe she sent.  And yes, they are all UGLY! 

Alison told me that they looked like cow poop patties and she wasn't kidding!  I also think they look like smashed road kill on a plate!  Hahahah! 

Thanks so much for sharing this with me Alison.  I'm planning to make your recipe over the weekend so I'll update this post with a photo of my own in the coming days!  

Alison has a lovely blog called The Crockpot Challenge.  She is committing herself to create and share one slow cooked recipe per week, so 52 Crockpot recipes in one year for 52 weeks.  I love a challenge and can't wait to continue watching what she shares!   Here is her recipe:

Black Bean Cakes
(Makes about 6 patties)

Submitted by Alison at The Crockpot Challenge

1/2 c salsa
2 tea cumin
1 can (15 oz) Or 2 cups of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 tea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a baking pan. 

Combine first 3 ingredients in a blender.  Whirl around until smooth.  Stir in 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, onions, and salt. 

Shape into patties.  Cover patties with breadcrumbs.  Bake at 375 degrees for 14 minutes.  Turn halfway through baking.

Serve these on whole wheat buns with a green onion cream or avocado salsa (Recipes below). 

To make the Green Onion Cream- Combine 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup green onions.

To make the Avocado salsa- Combine 1/4 cup avocado, 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1 tea lime juice.

Even with the sauces on top and sitting among a bed of lettuce, these patties do NOT look appealing.  I know they taste amazing though since Alison told me so!  I love black beans and all beans so I can't wait to try this recipe and update this post with my comments! 

In honor of Alison, I will try THREE recipes with my slow cooker next week!  Look for these slow cooked inspired recipes and my complete meal plan on Sunday! 

The timing is perfect because I've been spending a ton of time outdoors enjoying the wonderful spring weather here in Florida.  So I've wanted to be in my kitchen cooking a lot less these days.  In fact next week's posts might be every other day instead of every weekday.  My daughter and I have been spending 2 to 4 hours each day at the park, walking around the neighborhood and taking a stroller ride to someplace new like a bird trail or other designated wildlife spot.  This is the time of year when I really LOVE where I live because you can get outdoors and enjoy it all day long without even breaking a sweat! 

Check out my Learn, Laugh, Cook Facebook page for a bonus ugly photo - brain bread - that my friend Jess submitted to me this week as well! 

If you make ugly food that you enjoy, please share the recipes and photos with me.  I'd love to repeat this theme again in the future, it's so much fun!  :-)  Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. i am so jealous of your weather! we still have snow on the ground and it's about 30 today, no sun, ugh!!