Lesson Learned

Hey Hey bloggies!

I am a terrible blogger. Lack of posts = lack of interesting food! I am going to work harder at this. I love writing and working on my health and also blogging, so its something I will put more effort into!

For food, this past week I made some delicious black bean and quinoa burgers from my recent issue of Vegetarian Times. Though absolutely delicious, they weren’t the most photogenic of food items I created. So I will share the recipe and let your imaginations paint delicious looking burgers. They are totally yummy, trust me, but just not the prettiest little things. Here is the link to VT: Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

  • Start off with a cup of quinoa, and cook Β it according to instructions, about a 1-to-1 ratio for about 30 minutes.
  • Pull out a big pan and saute 1/2 red onion and garlic with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once softened, add 1 chopped tomato.
  • Add one can of rinsed black beans and 1 and 1/2 cups of water and set to a boil. Boil until most of the water is evaporated, and add spices to your liking. I love mine spicy, so I added some garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, paprika, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce.
  • One boiled down, add the mixture and but 1/4 cup of the quinoa to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add the mixture to a bowl and then stir in the remaining quinoa and 1/4 cup whole black beans. Let the mixture cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350, grease a cookie sheet well, and form the bean mixture into patties, about 1/4 cup each. Stick in the oven and cook 20 minutes. Flip, and cook for 10 more minutes. Let them cool and serve however you wish: with a whole grain bun, stuffed into a pita, on top of a mexican salad, plain topped with guacamole, anything you wish πŸ™‚

Enjoy! I ate two of them because they were so delicious, and froze the remaining ones. So good to have quick meals for when you are in a tight time crunch!

In other news…

The reason for the title of my post. Lesson. Learned.

This morning I was in a rush to get to work, making lunch, putting on makeup, not getting burned by my coffee, and cutting up pita bread into triangles, I had a run in with some nice sharp knives from Cut-Co. Very nice knives, super high quality and nice and sharp. Hence, the lesson is don’t rush when handling knives! I cut my pointer finger of my left hand pretty bad with a serrated Cut-Co knife.

One thing I was proud of was how I handled the situation. 1) Oh. My. God. So. Much. Blood. I let my self freak out for about 1 minute, and since I was by myself, I took action. 2) I looked up the closest urgent care center, drove myself over with a towel around my finger, and signed myself in. 3) Three hours, two stitches and a huge bandage later, I made it to work and home, then made dinner, and now I am managing typing this post with one finger less then normal πŸ™‚

So my lesson learned to you: slow down! Even if you are late, accidents that happen because you are speeding around only make you much later then planned.

So for me, no workouts the next two days, no showers for 48 hours, and I am officially excused from dishes tonight πŸ™‚

Well bloggies, hope you have a wonderful Tuesday evening. Thanks for tuning in!

Question: What is one meal you always make when in a time crunch? (Or super easy to make when you only have one hand to use πŸ™‚ )