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  • Black Bean Burger is a tasty way to fill your plate with plant-based foods.

      Black Bean Burger is a tasty way to fill your plate with plant-based foods.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer


1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

¼ cup plain, dry bread crumbs

¼ cup finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon salsa

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Nonstick cooking spray

4 slices cheddar cheese

4 small whole-wheat hamburger buns (optional)

4 slices lettuce

4 slices tomato

In a medium bowl, mash the beans with a fork. Mix in the bread crumbs, onion, salsa, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, chili powder, oregano and cilantro.

Wet your hands with a bit of water; then shape the bean mixture into four 3- to 4-inch patties.

Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and heat it over medium-high heat. Place the burgers in the pan, and cook them until they're heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Place 1 slice of cheese on the top of each burger, and continue to cook the burger until the cheese begins to melt. Serve each burger on a whole-wheat bun, if desired, with lettuce and tomato.

Serves four.

Nutrition values per serving: 218 calories, 11 g fat, 18 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 12 g protein, 30 mg cholesterol, 431 mg sodium.

"The Glycemic Index Cookbook For Dummies" (Wiley, 2010)

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