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      Black Bean Chili Burger

      Serves 4


      1 cup water

      1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

      1 14-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

      1 1/2 cup boiling water

      2 tsp. chili powder

      1 tsp. cumin

      1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

      2 green onions, chopped

      1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped

      1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

      3/4 tsp. salt

      2 tsp. vegetable oil

      Optional Garnishes:

      2 cups lettuce; shredded

      1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

      1/2 cup nonfat sour cream

      1 cup bottled salsa

      avocado, diced

      ripe olives, sliced

      green onions, chopped

      Method of Preparation:

      1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, cover and simmer 15 minutes.

      2. Combine 1/2 cup cooked quinoa with the black beans, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, green onions, red bell pepper, bread crumbs and salt. Mix well. Lightly flour hands and divide mixture into six equal balls.

      3. Flatten each ball into a 1/4-inch-thick cake. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet. Cook each bean cake about 2 minutes each side. Serve topped with lettuce, cheese, nonfat sour cream, salsa and other garnishes, as desired.