I know that the first official day of spring isn’t until next week. But. I go by an entirely different standard.
I turned my air conditioner on in my car this week. To me, that’s it. That’s the sign that it’s time to start crafting short shorts (yep, started a project involving cut-off shorts last night, I know, I’m cool), it’s time to plant those herb seeds I bought last week, it’s time to build that fire pit in my back yard (because I have marshmallow knowledge and I gotta make s’mores soon!). It is so on.
I have this weird tick about using my car air conditioner. Until mid-July I pretty much have to be sweating before I will turn it on. I don’t know why. It’s totally unreasonable. I guess I just think I’m saving money, or that it’s really not that hot, or that it’s just too excessive to turn on your air even if you’re face looks like a cherry tomato.
I dunno. It’s a thing with me.
But this week… I did it. It’s still only March and I totally turned my air on. And I made vegetarian sliders. The sun’s out, my lawn needs mowing, my excessive use of sunscreen is starting to feel justified… it’s time for food that feels like summer.
Also, these sliders have a secret ingredient. It won’t be secret after you read the ingredient list below…. but that’s in the future right now. This is the present.
Did your mind just blow a little? Yeah. Me too.
Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers, makes around 12 slider size patties (less if you make regular size).
Needed: 1 1/2 cans black beans (you could use 2 full cans, I just happened to have a half can on hand), 2 cups cooked quinoa, 1/2 yellow onion, 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon curry powder, salt + pepper and one package of french fried onions (!!!!!!!!!!).
If you want to use bread crumbs instead of french fried onions you totally can. If you want to add an egg to this at the blending stage feel free.
In a small pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the chopped onion with the spices until they begin to soften and appear translucent. Cook your quinoa. Drain and rinse your beans. In a food processor combine the cooked onions and beans, blend until a rustic paste forms. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the quinoa and crushed french fried onions. Form into patties and either cook in oil until they begin to crisp or cover in plastic wrap and freeze for another night.