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The Eatin’ O’ the Green!

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I had this grand plan to come up with fun ways to make green food for St. Patrick’s Day that don’t involve those nasty chemical food dyes. I got as far as one slightly failed recipe and forgot all about it. I could go on about how truly busy I am and that would be true. but truer still is how forgetful and distracted I am.
But my one attempt was a tasty recipe even if it wasn’t as green as I had hoped so I figured I would share it still. I suppose if you use pureed peas instead of whole ones you may get a greener burger.

I mixed 1 can of pinto beans (well, I used dry and cook then freeze in can sized portions), with 2 cans of great northern beans and peas. Sorry, I didn’t measure. Maybe about 1 cup to 1.5 cups.

I then put half of that mixture into the food processor and blended until it looks like a paste or mashed potatoes with bits of peas and beans here and there. I processed all of it but it was too much for my sad little processor to do at once so I split it into two batches.


I then added oats, flaxseed meal, garlic powder, salt and a bit of chili powder. Once again I didn’t measure exactly. About 1/4 cup of flaxseed meal and 1/4 – 2/3 cup of oats. Season to your preference.

I then shaped the mix into patties (tip: keep a small bowl of cold water nearby to wet your hands with between each patty. It keeps the mix from sticking to your hands.). Then I toss them on the electric griddle (thanks to my sis for saving me from doing my burgers in a skillet 3 at a time!).

Cook on each side until brown and crispy. It takes a couple of minutes for each side.

I didn’t take pictures of the night we ate it but I made sure to take one of my lunch the next day. I served it up with some homemade barbecue sauce, honey mustard, artisan lettuces, and bell peppers (red, orange and yellow). I added a side of roasted cauliflower (also left over from dinner) and some strawberries). Even my picky 7-year-old, who never likes the veggie burgers enjoyed these!

I never gave it an official name. Maybe someone out there has a good one! I’m not sure it deserves anything to St. Paddy’s as it is only a smidge green.  But whatever you call them, they’re delicious!

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Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

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