Veggies First

After reading Sophia’s blog about Christina’s Fridays First, I suddenly had the urge to be part of this food blogging, food addict, food porn community.

While I grilled my brains out trying to think of something spectacular to “wow!” my fellow foodies, it suddenly hit me that what I had made for my lunch was definitely a “First” creation in itself.

The luscious smoothie above is not my First. If you knew my eating habits so well, you would know that smoothies and I are best friends. I’ve attached myself to it more than it did to me. If I could eat these every day, every meal, I probably would.

But I can already hear my mother reprimanding me for not eating a balanced meal.

For those who are interested and will not tattle on me, here are the details to my concoction:

Ice Cream Smoothie

1.5 frozen bananas (I used plantains)

3/4 c frozen blueberries

1/4 c soymilk

Directions: Blend into blender until desired consistency


I apologize for deviating from my original assignment. Here is my actual “First”:

Black Bean Burgers

adapted from Mama Pea

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed cup mixed beans
  • 1/3 c. red onion, minced
  • 1/2 broccoli
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery
  • batch of cilantro
  • 1/2 c. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 c. oat (bran), ground to a coarse texture
  • 1/2 t. (sea) salt
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 1 T. vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 t. minced garlic 1 clove of garlic
  • Drizzle of sesame oil

Mash the beans in a bowl until they form a nice chunky paste.  I pulsed oats, wheat bran, and sea salt together until it became a coarse, but not quite powdery texture. Then, I drizzled a bit of sesame oil with the carrot, broccoli, celery, cilantro, and garlic and placed that into the blender to pulse until it forms chunky bits. Mix the beans, oat bran, and vegetables together until it becomes a nice chunky paste. Instead of frying them in a pan, I drizzled a bit of Artisana Coconut Oil onto a baking pan and baked them in our toaster oven for about 20 mins.


Lunch is served 🙂


2 thoughts on “Veggies First

  1. Yum this looks absolutely delicious! I still remember the first bean burger I had, I think it was a good 15 years ago and we were on vacation. Everything seemed so exotic outside our tiny town! My mom and I both ordered it and then once we got home we replicated the recipe it was so yummy!

    Thanks for helping me spread the word about Friday Firsts and for your participation!! 🙂

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