Black Bean Burgers are the new Eggplant
(when my husband is traveling - :-)

Tic-Toc....only five days until Christmas.  This year it seems different, at least it does for us.  We haven't thought about listening to the holiday music or watch the movies as we always did in years past.  Not that we celebrated much in past either but we did always make time for It's a Wonderful Life and put up a tree. Maybe next year.

So the title of this post seems randomly weird but it's all about food choices when Doug is out of town.  He didn't like eggplant for a long time but now, he enjoys a juicy eggplant Parmesan dinner.  That's a win for me!  I am big fan of the aubergine and since he didn't like it, I would only prepare it when he was out of town.  A mild version of girl's night in, I live on the wild side.

You know what else I like?  Black bean burgers.  That's not on the list for never-again-foods but it's not his favorite so.....this last trip I had two black bean burgers.  And, because beans are an important part of a 95% vegetarian diet - I made a soup with leftover rice, black beans, tomatoes and onions.

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Aja likes it when we are all together so there was some sulking, some apprehensive looks when I sat down to dinner alone.  She still received ample treats and then joined me in the den to listen to some Mark Knopfler.  Girl's night in...........

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She's a happy girl when the pack is together.

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I'm working on a list for the books I want to read next year, book challenges I joined and bread making plans.  Recently I was delighted to discover several bread recipes I had forgotten about.  These are breads I made quite a long time ago and for some reason, forgot about the recipes.  Soon I will be tackling a couple of these forgotten gems each month.

Well....that's the plan anyway.
More later.......

Linking up with Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday series.
Check out the link up HERE , Deb made lemony chickpea noddle soup.  and join in if you can.  

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7 comments:

Vicki said...

I love eggplant but haven't had it in a really long time. Now I'll be looking for recipes. I like black beans any way I can get them, especially burgers.

Poor Aja, she doesn't like when her daddy is away.

I've watched more Christmas movies this year than ever before.

Tina said...

Vicki, We have watched Love, Actually and I am determined to see George Bailey .....yup, Aja wants everyone together all the time.

Carole said...

a walk on the wild side with eggplant -who knew! Merry Christmas

Tina said...

Carole, it can get pretty crazy around here!

Nan said...

My eat alone meal is something with quinoa. Tom hates the stuff!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Black bean burgers and that black bean soup both look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing them and keeping me company this week at Souper Sundays. ;-)

Merry Christmas my friend!

Katherine P said...

That is a happy dog smile! I have husband out of town food too though yours is way healthier! I always get butternut squash ravioli because it's my favorite and I can cook a package and get 2 or 3 meals out of it pretty easily. Hope you had a Merry Christmas even if it was low key and that you got to see It's a Wonderful Life after all.

Cheese loving Aja, the night sky at Oscars, Snow in Tylertown<br> and of course....books</br>

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