Vegetarian Retreat Menu – Part 2

Black Bean Burger

Here are the remaining menus for the retreat. The participants took a break and went to a local farmer’s market for dinner on Day 7 – besides various prepared foods, the market featured live music, organic meats, cheeses, baked goods, jewelry and knitted items for sale. The recipe for the Black Bean Burgers is at the end. Enjoy!

Day 7Lunch
Quinoa Salad

Farmer’s Market

Day 8Lunch
Black Bean Burgers with Avocado & Alfalfa Sprouts
Blue Corn Chips

Veggie Pizza
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Day 9
Veggie wraps (humus, red onion, tomatoes, carrots. cucumber)

Ginger & garlic linguine with scallions & water chestnuts
Sesame grilled tofu
Steamed Broccoli
Apple Crisp

Day 10
Cheese Quesadillas
Black Bean Soup

Tempeh Coconut Curry
Brown & Wild Rice
Sesame Green Beans
Ginger Ice Cream

Day 11
Curried Pumpkin Soup
Egg Salad Sandwiches

Spicy Black Bean Burger with Avocado, Alfalfa Sprouts
And Chipotle Mayonnaise


Black Bean Burgers
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained well
6 green onions, finely chopped
½ c. finely chopped seeded red bell pepper
¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ T. minced seeded jalapeno chili
2 t. ground cumin
1 large egg
2 T. plus 1 c. yellow cornmeal
6 T. olive oil
6 whole wheat hamburger buns
2 large avocadoes, sliced
Alfalfa sprouts

Chipotle Mayonnaise
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chipotle chilies, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice


Place drained beans in a large bowl. Using hand masher, mash beans coarsely. Mix in green onions, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and cumin. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix in egg and 2 T. cornmeal. Place remaining 1 c. cornmeal in small dish. Shape bean mixture into 6 flattened patties. Turn to coat in cornmeal. Heat 3 T. oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Fry bean burgers until firm and crisp, adding more oil as needed, about 6-8 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to whole wheat buns and garnish with avocado slices and alfalfa sprouts. Chipotle mayonnaise: Mix the mayonnaise, chipotles, cilantro, and lime juice until well blended. Refrigerate and allow flavors to blend before using. Serve 1/8 c. on the side. Makes 6 burgers.

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