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Hi! I am Hardly A Goddess: Mom to twin boys, and two tween-age girls. I am a Librarian, a Blogger, and someone who loves her life, running, cooking, reading, and most of all laughing out loud. Really loud.

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers #SundaySupper

The Sunday Supper folks are adding to your easy and healthy make ahead, freezable meals this week!

These taco bean burgers are the easiest way that I know to stay full and healthy for lunch, no matter what diet I am following. These are a fantastic source of protein and fiber, and are as satisfying as a meat-burger, without all the fat. Plus they make a lot (8-10) and freeze super well.

I make these all the time, and have them on hand to serve over a salad, on an english muffin or flat-bread, or just plain with a tomato and some mustard on top. This is very Advocare friendly. If you are not trying to eat super-duper healthy, but love veggie burgers, make this burger as the base for my Big Bean Mac– you won’t be sorry!

The-Bean-Mac

My “famous” Big Bean Mac is made with these Taco Burgers- so versatile and easy too!

I also have this recipe for Vegan Black Bean burgers, and for both recipes I use this technique which works great:

*I refrigerate the mixture for up to a half an hour.
*I use a 1/3 cup measure to form small, uniform patties.
*I let it cook on the bottom, until a crust forms, then I “flip & squish.” And then flip again.
*I make them on my griddle all at once, and then freeze to reheat in the microwave or on a skillet later.

So easy and so much healthier than store-bought veggie burgers! To make a traditional taco burger, you can garnish it with jack cheese, salsa, chili peppers, or whatever you’d enjoy on your tacos! The taco seasoning in these is what makes them special, and the simplicity of this makes it a repeat-recipe for sure, plus it is so great to have lunch on-hand from the freezer anytime!

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burger

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, undrained
  • 1/2 cup (or more) bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

    To make the burgers
  1. Open and pour without draining, your black beans into a large bowl. Add one egg white, 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning. Blend with immersion blender or a potato masher. Add more breadcrumbs if needed (up to 1/2 cup more), to get a consistency that will form a patty.
  2. Heat a sprayed grill or saute pan, over medium heat.
  3. Shape patties, using a 1/3 measuring cup or a large scoop onto the pan. Do not press down. Wait until it has cooked 3-4 minutes and is lightly browned. Then flip and squish lightly with the back of the spatula. Continue to cook 3-4 minutes and then flip back over again until done.
  4. Remove to cool and then enjoy or freeze up to 3 months in a ziplock bag.
  5. To reheat:
  6. microwave: 30 seconds, flip over and microwave another 1 minute until hot.
  7. skillet: cook over medium 3-4 minutes per side, until heated through.
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Check out these great recipes from the Sunday Supper bloggers:

Healthy Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Frozen Fruits and Veggies

Preparing Some Proteins

The Sunday Supper Movement is committed to bringing our readers delicious recipes that encourage them to gather and eat together around the family table. Search for your favorite ingredients on our Sunday Supper website. Also check out the Sunday Supper Pinterest boards for plenty more ideas and inspiration.

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

This post is also linked up with Foodie Friday for their make-ahead theme this week!

Classic Corn Chowder #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Memories of my mom’s cooking. The real bacon. The pop of the corn. The rich broth. Just basic comfort food, and she always added fresh parsley to add a brightness to color and flavor. I think her recipe is from Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook, and that where this one is adapted from, but I can’t be sure of the original recipe…this is the one I have always made to recreate the magic of corn chowder as I remember it… and it is a good one.

Here’s the summary:

Classic Corn Chowder

3 slices full fat bacon
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
40 ounces of chicken broth (this was 1 1/2 cartons for me)
2 large russet potatoes, cubed
3 cups frozen corn kernels
2 heaping Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
*optional:* 2-3 Tbsp. parsley for a bit of color

To a large soup pot, add 3 slices of bacon, halved. Cook on medium until crisp. Remove from the oil and put aside until later.

To the oil in the pot, add the onion and celery and cook until just about soft. Add the potato, corn, and the broth. Bring to a low boil and cook for 15 minutes until the potato is tender.

In a separate jar or bowl, add the flour, salt and pepper, and milk. Whisk or shake the jar until smooth. Add this to the broth mixture. Bring to a simmer and continuously stir until it is bubbling and thickens.

Chop the bacon and add to the soup. Add some parsley, and serve.

This is so good and like most soups can be made ahead for even better flavor the next day. It’s easy and a great meal to make-ahead or to gift someone who needs a meal. I hope you’ll try this!

Classic Corn Chowder

Classic Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 3 slices full fat bacon
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 40 ounces of chicken broth (this was 1 1/2 cartons for me)
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 heaping Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • optional: 2-3 Tbsp. parsley for a bit of color

Instructions

  1. To a large soup pot, add 3 slices of bacon, halved. Cook on medium until crisp. Remove from the oil and put aside until later.
  2. To the oil in the pot, add the onion and celery and cook until just about soft. Add the potato, corn, and the broth. Bring to a low boil and cook for 15 minutes until the potato is tender.
  3. In a separate jar or bowl, add the flour, salt and pepper, and milk. Whisk or shake the jar until smooth. Add this to the broth mixture. Bring to a simmer and continuously stir until it is bubbling and thickens.
  4. Chop the bacon and add to the soup. Add some parsley, and serve.
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corn chowder

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corn chowder

Classic Corn Chowder


If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, my holiday gift guide from yesterday has some great picks- so fun!HAG Favorite Uncommon Gift

H.A.G.’s Uncommon Faves for Creative Gift Giving

I love finding great gifts that are perfect and unique, that you just can’t find in regular stores or on the majorly huge online ordering sites…you know, the one that my other gift guides for tweens, kids, and stocking stuffers are from!? Sometimes there are very specific people who need very specific gifts. Uncommon Goods.com is your guy for these people!

This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods. See my full disclosure policy for details.

Do you know Uncommon Goods? They feature products for gift-giving that are design-focused. Some are hand-made and some are not, but they are all unique, beautiful, have great design, and are the kind of items that make you wonder why you don’t have this yet!

Here are my absolute faves from the site:

Favorite Uncommon Gifts

  1. Soup & Crackers Bowl– Because most of my friends LOVE soup for any time of day…and a built in spot for crackers…come on! This is genius. Yes, please!soup&crackers bowl
  2. Sneaker Lights– Because it’s cold and dark and I like to put reflective gear on no matter what when it’s even a little dark out. Safety first- and these aren’t easy to find, so I am putting them here for any of my runner friends!runner lights
  3. Owl Glasses Holder- Because most of my friends are wearing glasses, at least readers now, and owls are the cutest. I love this wood version, as it sort of fits with any decor.Glasses Holder
  4. Yarn Holder- Because yarn is a tricky thing! It gets tangled, and twisty and this bowl is a beautiful way to keep it together. Frustration be gone! This would make a nice gift for a knitter or crochet-er(?) in your life!Yarn bowl
  5. Donut and Coffee Earrings– Because they made me smile. Cuteness is never overrated. If it makes you smile too, buy these for someone you know who loves coffee and donuts too.Donut & Coffee earrings
  6. Organ Plushies- This is random I know! Because my best friend received a kidney this year, I LOVE this one. Giving a little plush-organ to a child or person getting an organ seems like an amazing idea that these even exist. Of course, the Pancreas is sold-out at this time, but then, you know it’s hard to get those…Organ Plushies
  7. Vase bookends– Because everyone needs to hold their books, and why not with fresh flowers, or dried, or fake (they are much better these days). I love how this would make a bookshelf pop with a little life and color!Vase Bookends

 

I had so much fun going through their site and making a list, that I also made a Library Lover Wish List for my book-loving peeps in the world too!

Uncommon Gifts for a Librarian you Love (1)

Uncommon Gifts for a Librarian you Love {hint, hint!}

Honestly there is a TON of fun stuff to look through here and find a perfect, very unique, very special gift for someone that you know they don’t have already, and most items are super affordable!

I chose these items as my absolute faves, but they have some already picked collections depending on who or what you are shopping for like

Gifts for Girlfriends

Gifts for Kids

Stocking-Stuffer Ideas

I feel good about shopping with Uncommon Goods, as they are a great company who supports good design, craftsmanship, and sustainability- I hope you check out their site and find your next great gift or create a wish-list of your own!

P.S. I have to add this one that I just saw, this morning! SO Awesome for that Space-Nerd in your life! A Space Duvet & Pillowcase!! I can’t even…Go Shop!

space duvet and pillowcase


HAG Favorites Uncommon Gifts

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