Black Bean Burgers

1 16 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
1 egg
1 teaspoon chili paste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup bread crumbs

1. In a medium bowl mash black beans with a fork. Mix in onions, garlic, red bell pepper. Season with salt, pepper, cumin and chili paste.
2. Stir in egg then bread crumbs. Form into 3 to 4 patties.
3. Take a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to hold the patties. Brush with vegetable oil, then place the patties on top of the foil. Cook on the grill over medium heat about 7-10 minutes on each side. Serve with your favorite burger toppings.

A better version of my meatloaf

Last night I was making meatloaf. I was in too much of a hurry to look up my recipe so I decided to wing it. Right before I started I realized I was out of eggs. I decided I would skip the eggs and just forge ahead. I was throwing some things in the bowl when I opened the refrigerator and discovered something else with eggs. Mayo. YES YES YES I KNOW BUT DUDE IT HAS EGGS. I thought well, we use it in spinach dip, I've used it in other dips, it bakes well, why the hell not. When my husband ate it last night he told me it was the BEST meatloaf I have ever made.

2 lbs ground beef
2 tbsp ketchup
1/4 cup mayo
1/3 cup crushed croutons
1/3 cup crushed saltine crackers
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp mccormick montreal seasoning spicy
1 packet lipton onion soup mix
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp garlic powder
2 cloves garlic chopped

Preheat the oven to 375. Combine all ingredients, work well and place in greased loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until inside temperature is 160. If you are in a hurry divide meatloaf into smaller pans and cut cooking time in half.


Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

Alternate title "The Best Cookies In The ENTIRE World"

1 pouch Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie mix
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 egg
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cups powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, oil, water and egg until soft dough forms.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
4. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter on low heat, stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
5. Place each cookie in the chocolate mixture. Using rubber spatula, toss cookies gently to coat. Remove cookies from chocolate to cooling rack to set. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let cookies set until the chocolate is hardened.

Zucchini Pineapple Bread

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 ounces crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend in pineapple and zucchini. Stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


It's coming

I know I promised my Baked Ziti recipe. Which totally would have happened had I been smart enough to write down ingredients. So I've been going back through my pictures trying to figure out what my measurements and ingredients were. Will be up soon!