Black bean burgers & homemade french fries

I made this meal mostly for my sweetie. We’ve been eating a lot of salads, grilled veggies, fruit, brown rice, cous cous, etc. so far this week (my typical fare) and I wanted to create a hearty delicious vegan meal for him that I know he will remember for days after and maybe even… brag about! ;) The black bean burgers were inspired by Happy Herbivore’s recipe. They turned out pretty dang good but I would like to experiment more in the future with adding more veggies like corn, carrots and maybe even peppers. Happy Herbivore’s recipe is pretty basic, although I love that about her cookbook because it makes replicating recipes easy breezy! I really have been having a blast with this cookbook on my trip and would recommend it to anyone. 

The Black Bean Burgers were off the chain! I’m not going to give the recipe away because I pretty much replicated it exactly. (With the exception that I added about 1/4 cup of garbanzo beans because I wanted to make bigger patties). There are lots of black bean burger recipes out there and when I come up with my own I will definitely share :) Check out Happy Herbivore’s cookbook on amazon–pretty sweet deal if you ask me!!!
When contemplating a side dish for my black bean burgers I thought, what is better than a classic french fry? Poifect! My man was drooling over my shoulder while they were baking and the delicious smell of oven-baked potato filled the kitchen. There is definitely a process to making your own oven-baked fries, so I will share how I tackled it. 
Homemade Oven-Baked French Fries
3 Russet potatoes
1 1/2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt, pepper to taste
1 Tbs. freshly chopped parsley
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
**Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1. Thoroughly wash and scrub each potato. Slice in french fry fashion using either a mandolin or kitchen knife. Soak potato slices in cool water for 20 to 30 minutes to remove excess starch. 
2. After time has passed, remove potato slices and spread out onto paper towels. Pat and dry thoroughly. 
3. After potatoes are dry, transfer again into a plastic baggie and add oil and seasoning. Shake to incorporate all ingredients. 
4. Place potato slices onto a non-stick baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt. 
5. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes or until nice and crisp. Keep an eye on them throughout the cooking time and toss every 10 minutes or so to ensure browning on all sides.
Hopefully, they will come out golden delicious as mine did! My man commented that they were a little crisp and I felt the same; next time I will either make the slices a bit thicker or cook for less time. Here’s a pic of dinner all laid out. I had my black bean burger on a salad and A had his on some whole wheat bread. I chopped up some lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado to top the burgers and dry sauteed (not sure of the exact cooking term, but basically cooked in a saute pan without any oil or liquid) some jalepeño slices to make things spicy!!
A vegan meal like this will impress any of your non-vegan friends and family. A and I devoured our burgers and finished our dinner with a little bit of a “naughty” feeling for devouring all of the delicious french fries. At least mine were baked and not fried :) 

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