A Vegetarian Meal for a Meat-Loving Wisconsin Man

I’m sure I haven’t mentioned this before, but my darling Beard is a man from Wisconsin.  Yes, folks, the land of cows, cheese, brats, and beer.  Despite his hatred for beer, he is typical in his love for CHEESE and MEAT and MANLY THINGS.  So in honor of Vegetarian Week in the United Kingdom, I made my meat and cheese loving Wisconsin man of a husband a vegetarian meal (without cheese).

(For clarification I am neither a vegetarian, nor am I British.  I used to be a vegetarian in high school, and I have lived in the United Kingdom before.  Currently, though, I’m a meat-eating American.)

So for the main course I chose a black bean burger.  Why? Because I had a ton of pre-cooked black beans from a recipe last week.  I found a recipe on a blog called Guilty Kitchen, and how could I not use it.  You can find the recipe here.

For buns I used Sister Schuber’s Dinner Yeast Rolls because they are awesome.  Don’t believe me?  Try them.  They may not be the healthiest things out there, but they really are tasty tasty.  And since our meal was full of fiber and vitamins, I figured the least I could do was let Beard have his black bean burger on a super tasty bun.

For sides we had sweet potatoes fries and corn on the cob roasted in the oven.  Why?  Because the black bean burger recipe required me to turn on the oven, and while I’ve got it on I’m sure as heck going to throw in a bunch of stuff while I’m at it.

My sweet potato fries are different each time I make them.  This particular recipe had a few tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon or so of salt, a teaspoon or so of black pepper, a few teaspoons of chili powder, cumin, coriander, and curry powder.  I baked these at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.

For the corn on the cob, I left them in the husks and soaked them in cold water for about 10 minutes.  Then they went in the oven, right on the rack, for 30 minutes.

This was the result of all of my hard work:

But most importantly were the taste-test results:

I loved the black beans burgers, and I thought they’d go great with some cheese (I didn’t have any in the fridge, dear me!).

Beard thought they were okay.  He thanked me for warning him what they were, otherwise he would have “taken a bite and thought ‘What is in my mouth??'” (in his own words).  The sweet potato fries were a hit for all three of us; the Bits will pretty much eat any form of sweet potato she gets.  And well, the corn was corn.  It was definitely very juicy since it came out of the oven, but flavor wise, it’s always the same. 🙂

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