Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Fit2Fat2Fit Revisited With Black Bean Burgers on the Side

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on June 7, 2012 ][ In Sandwiches, Vegetables and Fruits ]


Back in October, I wrote about Drew Manning, a personal trainer on a mission to better understand the problems his overweight clients faced.  Good Morning America checked in again this week with Drew who had finished his experiment.  You can read last October’s blog for more details but Drew gave up exercise and ate the typical American diet for 6 months.  Then he went back to his healthy diet and usual exercise plan to lose the weight he’d gained.


Along the way, he learned some unexpected lessons which his wife confirmed.  As Drew quit exercising, he found he had less energy and actually avoided doing the things he used to do such as playing with his children and helping around the house.  He also suffered from emotional issues like a lack of self confidence.  Indeed, he felt intimidated returning to the gym after gaining weight and starting all over.  Drew has written a book about his experience and has fitness and weight loss tips to share.  You can also read his blog by the same name.


Drew is an inspiration to others because now he truly understands the problems many people face.  It is hard to get started on the long road to health, it can be scary and may feel better emotionally to stay in the same rut.  Drew recommends focusing on becoming healthy rather than just on losing weight.


One of the roads to better health is through better eating.  Adding fiber to your diet keeps you feeling full and makes sure that your bodily functions go more smoothly.  I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes today for black bean burgers.  I tried this recipe a few years ago because it sounded interesting and it has become a family favorite.  Even my son likes it and others have given it high ratings.  If you make some fresh salsa and use plain non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, it is that much better.


Black Bean Burgers

3 16 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups uncooked regular oats

1 small onion, diced

2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced

3/4 cup fresh cilantro

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp. salt

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

canola oil

Coarsely mash beans with a fork or in the food processor (much easier, I’ve done both).  Combine beans and next 6 ingredients.  Shape into patties.  Stir together flour and cornmeal in a shallow dish and dredge patties in mixture.  Heat 2 to 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Cook patties 5 minutes each side or until lightly brown.

Serve on buns with fresh salsa, sour cream, jalapeño slices, tomato slices, use your imagination.  The fresh cilantro is key as it gives a marvelous taste, plus I love, love, love cilantro.  These are also very good warmed over another day.


Here is my easy salsa, done in a food processor.

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, washed and drained

1/2 a large onion

1/2 bunch of cilantro

1 lime

pinch salt

Add ingredients except the lime to the food processor one at a time and process to desired degree.  Place tomatoes in a colander to drain a bit but put the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Squeeze the lime into the bowl and add a pinch of salt.  Stir well and let sit in the refrigerator a couple of hours.  Add jalapeño if desired.

I won’t lie; no one is going to be fooled into thinking these are real hamburgers.  They really are very tasty though and so full of good things for you!  So you can have your decadent hamburger but feel good about eating it!  And yes, my family does eat the real thing once in awhile but as regular readers know, I don’t care for the taste of beef and don’t cook with it much.  Still a grilled hamburger or steak does hit the spot sometimes.

Upadated on June 7, 2012

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