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black bean burgers with parsnip fries

April 16, 2013


Before I get to this recipe I just wanted to say that my heart is absolutely broken over the devastation in Boston. It was exactly one year ago that I crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon. It was a dream come true for me. To be surrounded by so many amazing athletes and such a wonderful crowd of supporters was overwhelming. Yesterday my sister-in-law crossed the same finish line (much faster than me I might add!) at the marathon.  We all know what happened next. She is safe, my in-laws are safe, and all of mine and Taylor’s Boston friends are safe. However, I know that not everyone is as lucky as our family and friends. My thoughts and love go out to everyone in Boston.

It feels strange to go from tragedy to black bean burgers but that is exactly what I’m going to do. In times of joy, pain, or stress I always find comfort in food. These black bean burgers are easy to whip up and the parsnip fries give regular french fries a run for their money. Taylor who is a major hamburger fan loved this vegetarian version of his favorite meal. And of course, we are still eating parsnips like it’s our job. They taste so damn good right now!


My Black bean Burger Recipe can be found right here.

For the Parsnip Fries:

About 2 lbs of parsnips (cut into french fry strips)

1 tsp smoked paprika (if you don’t like spice you can omit this part)

1 garlic clove, minced

2 TBS olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450. Combine parsnips with all other ingredients and place on a prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes turning, parsnips over once. Enjoy!


We are getting an extremely late start to the farm today but we had to wait for a store to open in town. We are planting potatoes, beets, and carrots today. Fingers are crossed that everything goes into the ground smoothly! Have a lovely day everyone.

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23 thoughts on “black bean burgers with parsnip fries

  1. Glad to hear your sister is okay! I can’t imagine how scary that was for you. I am sure these burgers are the perfect comfort for a time like this. 😉

    1. Andrea says:

      burgers are such a great comfort food! Thanks for the comment lady 🙂

  2. Love the parsnip fries, and your beautiful view. Despite the heat, good thing you ran Boston last year and not this year!

  3. You’re definitely not alone in finding comfort in food. I’ve been crazy interested in fries lately (which is weird, because I never really want them). Glad to have a healthy alternative to turn to.

  4. So glad to hear that your sister is ok, but I feel my heart hurting for those who weren’t as lucky. I made cookies last night in an effort to bring some comfort, chocolate never hurts : )

  5. So heartbreaking isn’ t it? I can’t get over the kids that have been hurt. Can’t stop thinking about it.
    But, on a completely unrelated note, I need some of those fries!

    1. Andrea says:

      The world is becoming such a scary place isn’t it? Thanks for the lovely comment.

  6. Liz says:

    Of all the blogs I read, your food pics and recipes make me the hungriest!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Liz!

  7. Didn’t know you ran last year. Good that all your friends and family there are safe.
    I love the recipe. Parsnip fries!? What a brilliant idea!! They look delicious! And the black bean burger too. Yum!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks Anna!

  8. Simply Life says:

    I LOVE the new layout! And yeah, it really is so difficult to get back to normal life after this occurred. I’m in Boston and feel so grateful to be okay but wish I could do more to help.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks lady!!! I’ve been thinking about you lately. My heart has been in Boston this last week. XO

  9. I am so glad your family and friends are okay. What a crazy world we live in.

    (I am a FREAK for parsnip fries. So good. I’ve never made them with smoked paprika, though. Must try.)

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks Kare!

  10. I haven’t tried parsnip fries yet but I love every other kind of veggie fry so I know I’d love these too. Glad to hear that your sister is okay!

  11. Isn’t it disgraceful 🙁 I was so saddened. I can’t even imagine what you must be feeling and thinking… espeically because you were there just last year. This looks amazing (on a high note) x

  12. Amy Jo says:

    This post makes me smile. The burger and fries just gets me every time…such a lovely and satisfying meal.

  13. Julia says:

    I’m glad to hear everyone you know is okay and that you’re sister is healthy too. This was very tragic and must’ve hit you even harder since you have run the marathon and have family who lives there…you must have been worried sick about your sister! Your veggie burgers look incredible. Screw grilling up meat, I want a veggie patty!

  14. Monet says:

    Thank you for sharing. My heart is also broken for Boston and for the lives lost, and yet it is often during these times that we must turn to the things that soothe our bodies and our souls. These burgers look heavenly. I wish I had one to come home to!

  15. I’m glad to hear that your family and friends are all safe. I had a friend running in the marathon too and it was really scary having that moment of not knowing what exactly happened, whether she was okay, etc.

    I hope your planting went well. I’m going to be putting in some carrots this weekend too!

  16. Joanne says:

    I’m so glad your sister and family are okay!! (And to hear that she rocked her race – YEAH!) I turn to food also and these burgers would definitely hit the spot right now!

  17. Very glad to hear that your friends and family over there are safe and sound! So scary and senseless to have something like that happen.

    Your black bean burger looks delicious, and I love the idea of parsnip fries! I need to make those happen in my kitchen, they must smell fantastic!

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