They’re alright in cereal or on a peanut butter sandwich, but traveling in Brazil reminded me of my favorite way to enjoy bananas: pan fried.
South America gets it right by making bananas into a savory side dish. Steak with a side of fried plantains? Yes please.
When I was drumming my fingers thinking of ways to make black bean burgers more interesting tonight, I caught sight of the fruit bowl and thought: duh. Black bean banana burgers!
Well, I won’t lie and say that I came up with a perfect recipe tonight. My burgers kind of fell apart – more like black bean sloppy joes. I don’t feel bad about that – it was my first time making a vegetarian burger or any kind and I was totally winging it, so of course it wasn’t perfect. But the combination of flavors was delightful. Fried bananas both in the burger mixture and plopped on top provided great banana flavor and texture.
So if you don’t mind slightly sloppy burgers, try…
Today’s EAT: Black Bean Banana Burgers, consisting of a can of black beans; two bananas, sliced and pan fried with a little butter; one cob of fresh corn removed from the cob; a handful of crushed tortilla chips; and cumin, salt and red pepper flakes. Prep was simple. I just fried up the bananas, then added half of them to the bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Mashed everything together with a potato masher and formed patties. Fried up the patties, then topped with with sliced avocado and the remaining bananas on a thin bun:
I also made some oven fries with salt and paprika.
Quite a fancy little take on a burger and fries – perfect for watching football and sipping…
Today’s DRINK: Yes, I’m pairing red wine and NFL. How high-brow!
This El Coto Rioja is nice and smooth and paired well with the flavorful bean burgers. A $12 pickup from the Fresh Market, I would say it’s a step above my usual bargain-bin TJ’s picks. Because, hey. I survived an entire day of attempted stereo assembly (fail – there are wires all over my living room) and couch shopping (fail – we still have no sofa). I deserve it. 🙂
Somehow I made time for…
Today’s RUN: It was just an easy 4 miles. I’d hope to do more, but was literally exhausted after running around all day.
Can I be honest with you guys? I am having some trouble getting back into the swing of running here. I miss my teammates. I miss Central Park. Running alone in a strange city is no fun. Especially not when I feel like I have ten-thousand things on my to-do list and just feel exhausted from all of it.
Buck up. I know. That’s supposed to be one of the beautiful things about running, right? You can do it anywhere, all you have to do it get out the door and go, yadda yadda. But I’ve had a really hard time getting excited about it since we left New York. I haven’t had a good workout in a while.
Oh, and also. It makes me cringe to admit this, but a very important little training tool, which I just bought a few weeks ago, seems to have gone missing in the move. Hint: it rhymes with Charmin. It has to be here somewhere (right?) but with each box I unpack, I become increasingly worried.
I really hope it turns up soon, because running with just a regular watch? That sh!t is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
Today’s QUESTION: Got a good black bean burger recipe? I need to tweak mine so that the patties hold together!