The meal that keeps on giving

My cousins introduced this fabulous mixture on a ski trip to Colorado last year.  It's sweet and savory.  It has both veggies and protein.  It satisfies the taste buds.  We've made it several times since for ourselves and others.  It's time to pass it along.  

This week, my sister asked for the recipe, which triggered me to make them.  It's seriously contagious, in a good way...

Ironically, I'm visiting my cousins in NJ right now and guess what's on the menu for this weekend?  YUP!

It takes about 30-60 minutes to prepare everything, but it's worth it.  If you double the batch, you can even freeze them for later...  It just keeps on giving.  Pass it on!


*1 and 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes/yams (orange)
*1/3 cup cooked quinoa
*1 cup oats blended until chopped, not powder (gluten free oats)
*1 - 15 oz can black beans rinsed
*1/2 small red onion diced (less if you don’t want it too potent)
*1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
*2 tsp cumin
*1 tsp chili powder
*1 tsp chipotle or smoked hot paprika
*1/2 tsp cayenne powder
*1/2 tsp salt
*coconut or vegetable oil

*optional fixings: buns, ketchup, BBQ sauce, avocado, lettuce, etc.
*I usually go without the bun, put them on a bed of lettuce with some avocado and eat it like a salad.  

1) Mix all ingredients.
2) Form into patties.
3) Heat saute pan to medium heat, add oil and cook 2-3 minutes on one side, flip and cook 2-3 minutes on other side.  Don’t let heat get too high or they will burn.
4) You can make what you need and refrigerate the rest of the mix for leftovers, this mixture will keep for several days in the fridge.  
5) Or make the rest of the patties and freeze them in ziplocks.


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