My dear friend Lindsey loves to cook and when she hits her target on flavor, she wants to share her finding's. I am grateful for her as a friend and an amazingly creative vegetarian.

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

1 15 ounce can of black beans (rinsed and drained), 1/4 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/4 cup minced yellow bell, 2 Tbs minced onion, 1 large minced garlic clove, 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, dash of salt, 1 tsp hot pepper sauce (your favorite, like Chalula), 1 egg and 3 Tbs olive oil

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

cook the Quinoa with the water, first bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the Quinoa absorbs the water, remove from heat and set aside, in a bowl roughly mash the black beans with a fork, then add the Quinoa, bread crumbs, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot sauce and egg-mix till blended with hands. Form the mixture into patties (about 4 or 5), heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the patties until heated through, roughly 2-3 minutes on each side.

Serve these as you would a burger with or without a bun and lettuce, tomato and avocado. Yum!

This recipe is from my friend and musician Lindsey O'Brien!