My mom had a neurologist appointment in Estes Park (which is about an 1 hour drive from where I live) today, so I went with her to keep her company and provide some moral support. We decided to stop for dinner before heading home and stumbled upon this amazing restaurant called Ed’s Cantina & Grill. We ordered a plate of fried green beans with chipotle aioli for an appetizer, and I had spinach and black bean enchiladas as my entree. The food was INCREDIBLE. You could tell that all of the ingredients were incredibly fresh. If you’re ever in Estes Park, I highly consider grabbing a bite to eat here!
Product I love: MorningStar Farms’ Chipotle Black Bean Burgers.
These are hands down the most delicious meatless burgers I have ever had. I am not generally a big fan of veggie burgers, because they tend to be a strange texture and super bland, but these are neither of those things. The main ingredients are black beans and brown rice (there is some soy protein in them, but not a significant amount) and they are flavored with roasted red and green peppers, green chiles, cilantro, onion, chipotles, jalepeno, garlic, lime and more. These could never, ever be described as bland. In fact, they’re a little bit spicy. Because of the texture of the black beans and the rice, they are extremely close to the texture of ground beef hamburgers.
They are pretty healthy for you, too! Each burger contains 17 grams of protein, which is incredibly significant, especially for a vegetarian. They are a little bit high in sodium, but pretty low in fat. I wouldn’t suggest eating them every day, but they are perfect for when you’re craving something hearty!
My favorite way to prepare them is to grill them on my George Forman grill on high for 8 minutes or so (until the internal temperature of the burger is 160 degrees) and them put them on a bun with mayo, mustard, cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, and Jack Daniel’s barbeque sauce. They are amazing with guacamole too!