Soup and Accidental salad

I’m so happy everyone is so interested in the BSI contest this week!!!  I’ve already asked Nick to help me decide the winner because I know I won’t be able to make a final decision!



Today for lunch, I planned on having my homemade corn soup with some black bean burgers. I normally buy the Morningstar Farm spicy black bean burgers, but today, I decided to try my luck at making my own.


While the flavor was good, I think I need to work on the binding/technique. Mine fell apart so I topped my salad with it, but the rest turned out great!





My burgers were a mix of:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • about 1/2 cup fat free refried beans
  • 2 Tbsp finely ground cornmeal
  • salt
  • cumin
  • cayenne
  • garlic powder


I mashed all of the ingredients together in a bowl, formed them into patties and cooked them in a pan until crispy on the outside.


Nick had his on an Arnold Thin, and I put mine on a salad of romaine, tomato, and avocado with some lime juice.


Yum!  These tasted great!


I also had about a cup of my soup:




Brandi’s Kinda’ Corn Chowder

  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can fat free evaporated milk
  • crushed red pepper
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder


1. Saute onion and pepper in a little oil until softened.

2. Add in bag of corn and water and cook until corn is heated through/no longer frozen.

3. Stir in seasonings and milk. Puree 1/2 of soup in blender and return to pot.

4. Enjoy!



I’m working on the last of the laundry right now and we’re planning on going running in a little bit while we still have nice weather! Cleaning, dinner, and Iron Chef are up next  :)



  2. Hi, I’d like to enter the BSI contest. I’ll email you as well. Here’s my entry:

  3. Actually I don’t see your email address, so there’s no email from me. Happy judging!

  4. Whoa, that burger looks amazing!

  5. Oo the burger sounds yummy!

  6. What a great idea to add refried beans as a binder!

  7. your burger crumbles look SO tasty!! you could try adding an egg white to hold it together more …
    (and grrr, morningstar was on sale at my grocery store today, but they did not have my favorite-ever spicy black bean burgers!)

  8. hey! just posted bsi . . . hope the pingback worked :-) Your burgers sound great!! I have all those ingredients on hand—will have to try ’em out :-)

  9. That burger looks really good! I’ll have to try out your recipe.

  10. I found when I made my own bean burgers that they needed a lot more binding stuff than I originally thought. Try more cornmeal!

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