Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Going meatless...

No, we're not going vegetarian, but my husband and I decided to try to eat at least one meatless supper a week. Mostly, this is for economical reasons, but also, it keeps things interesting and I love trying new things! First on the menu was the Spicy Black Bean Burgers, from Skinny Taste. They were pretty easy to make, but you have to make them in advance because they absolutely have to be frozen when you cook them, otherwise they will not stick together and it would be really messy.

I forgot the hot sauce, which was unfortunate, but the chipotle mayo did add some kick, so it worked out ok. I also couldn't find chipotle peppers, so I bought a chipotle salsa and made the mayo that way, which was also great! Plus, it was so much easier because I didn't have to cut up the peppers or anything.
Don't be alarmed when the "burgers" are really sloppy before freezing. There is no way you could cook them without freezing first, they don't stick together at all. Again, you must freeze BEFORE cooking!!!!! Don't say I didn't warn you :P To freeze, line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Let them freeze this way for 2 hours, then move them to containers.

When BBQ'ing, put the burgers on a sheet of oiled aluminum foil. I used Pam to oil the foil (wow, that was an amazing rhyme - lol). I cooked them for about 6 minutes on each side and they were perfect. We topped them with 1/4 of an avocado and about a tablespoon of the chipotle mayo.
The other awesome thing about our supper tonight? We had tomatoes from our garden in our salad!! We had a few ripe yellow and red cherry tomatoes. They were absolutely delicious!! Wow. So much better than store bought tomatoes. I can't wait to get some more ripe ones.
So, overall this meal was amazing. My husband was a huge fan too. According to Skinny Taste, this is about 9 WW points, plus the salad was 2, so a total of 11 points for supper. That's pretty comparable to what I normally allot for supper, so I was happy. We'll definitely be making more of these in the future!

Has anyone tried any meatless recipes lately? I'd love some recommendations!

8 comments:

Natalie Cornelius said...

My favourite Meatless Monday recipe is the WW lasagna rolls!!!! Yummy!!!! Ricotta is not cheap, but it makes like 10 rolls, so you can freeze lots for lunches. And they're 5-6 points!!!

Mrs DiscoBows said...

I'm trying to eat less meat too for the same reason! I've been buying avocados as they're so substantial and putting them with salad. I like vegetable curry made with butternut squash.

Sarah said...

Love avocados so much! And yum, I will have to try a squash curry, that would be amazing.

Sarah said...

I need the recipe! I guess I could google it :)

Shoshanah said...

My fiance pretty much thinks that a meal isn't complete without meat. The only exception is really pesto pasta, but even so, he'd rather have it with chicken mixed it. I on the other hand think I could do ok not eating a lot of it, just eating salads or something similar for most meals. But since we're so opposite it can make it hard to cook at times.

Sarah said...

My husband is that way too, but this was seriously awesome! It tasted like going to a yummy Mexican restaurant! He says he didn't miss the meat in the meal at all. Maybe you should give it a whirl :)

staycie said...

I've been a vegetarian for 8 years and my fiance has been adopting my eating habits ever since we met, and this looks wonderful! You'd be surprise how much you don't miss meat, just as you said. Awesome post!

Sarah said...

That's awesome that he got on board! That makes things a lot easier for you, I would imagine!!! And yeah, it seems like if you cook with the right stuff you don't miss the meat. Thanks for stopping by!

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