These meatless, spicy patties contain the healthy goodness of black beans, sweet potatoes and quinoa flakes and are pretty tasty too! Especially when served on top of a crisp green salad, wrapped in a gluten-free corn tortilla, tucked inside a gluten-free bun, or on a plate beside your favorite vegetables.
It’s also a quick, budget-friendly recipe!
This is what they look like before they’ve been cooked.
- cooking oil - 2 Tablespoons
- onion (finely chopped) - 1 cup
- bell pepper (seeded and finely chopped) - 1/2 cup
- zucchini (finely shredded - no need to peel!) - 1 cup
- sweet potatoes (peeled and finely shredded) - 2 cups
- organic corn (optional) - 1 cup
- black beans (approximately 15 oz. - rinsed and drained) - 2 cans
- quinoa flakes (or GF breadcrumbs) - 1 cup
- cayenne pepper - 1 teaspoon
- Ancho chili pepper - 1 1/2 teaspoons
- sea salt (to your taste) - 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons
- ground black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Saute onion and bell pepper in oil for about 5 minutes. Add to that the grated zucchini and potatoes. Sprinkle the cayenne pepper and Ancho chili powder and stir together. Cook another 5 - 10 minutes and add the corn, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, roughly mash the rinsed and drained black beans with the back of a spoon or fork. Add the cooked vegetables to the bowl, stir, then add the quinoa flakes (or gluten-free breadcrumbs) and mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust the seasonings as you like. Shape into patties. Makes between 8 and 12 patties depending on the size. At this point they may be covered and refrigerated for another day. Or saute over medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. They make good left-overs too!
And this is how they look when they're finished. I topped this salad with some mashed avocado, cilantro, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lime. (It makes a wonderful dressing for the whole salad!)
This is merely a warm, gluten-free corn tortilla (which can be warmed in a skillet without oil). Then spread with a little of your favorite salsa. Add the black bean patty and top with the chopped avocado and tomato mixture (which is similar to what I did above, only I added tomatoes and didn't mash the avocados). Add a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt, if you like - and a handful of lettuce (not shown). And enjoy! =)