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Olives ‘n Wine Turns 1!: Featuring Jalapeno-Spiced Black Bean Burgers

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Today is a special day.  Why, you ask?  Well…today is Becky’s one year blogiversary!

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Every one say hi to Becky!  This girlie is awesome!  I have been following her blog for quite some time now and was lucky enough to finally meet her this past September at the Healthy Living Summit.  She is sweet and fun, and certainly has a passion for healthy living and blogging.  But I am sure that many of you probably already know this and are avid reader’s of her blog, Olives ‘n Wine.  And for those of you who don’t know her, well you really need to hightail it over to her blog and start following her.  Becky writes great posts about living a healthy lifestyle, and most importantly, she posts some delicious recipes.  She always especially blows me away with her super creative desserts.  Often times, I find myself almost drooling just looking at them! 😉

Not only does Becky post some delicious recipes and share great healthy living advice, but she has a fabulous looking blog, is incredibly active in the social media aspect of the healthy living world (hellllo Twitter and Instagram), has created a successful link-up with her Treat Yourself Tuesday concept, and has really established herself in the healthy living blogging community.  And what is most amazing about all of this is that she has only been blogging for a year.  When I found out that this would only be the first anniversary of her blog, I was honestly surprised.  I was under the impression that she had been blogging for much longer.  Becky certainly has something special going on with Olives ‘n Wine and I cannot wait to see what great things happen for her in the future!

In celebration of Becky, her amazing recipes, and all that she has accomplished in the healthy living and blogging communities in just one short year, Erica and Katie invited me to participate in a virtual surprise potluck party for Becky.  So cool, huh?  Obviously I had to say yes!  I have a feeling that Becky is going to be quite shocked, yet excited, when she learns of this potluck  I certainly can’t wait to see and read about her reaction ;)!  Erica and Katie asked all bloggers who wanted to participate to choose one of Becky’s fabulous recipes to cook, take pictures of, and then share on their own personal blog.  I was tempted by many of her recipes and found it pretty difficult to decide…at first.  But then I spotted a recipe that was totally calling my name.  It was a recipe for Jalapeno-Spiced Black Bean Burgers.  Sounds perfect the mostly plant-based eater that I am, am I right?

I cooked up Becky’s recipe for the burgers about two weeks ago.  Throughout the whole process I was a bit worried that I would somehow slip up and ruin the surprise.  I had to be extra careful not to post any pictures on my Instagram or Twitter feeds, and not to share my thoughts on the burgers here on the blog.  They easily could have been included in my most recent Friday Foodie Favorites post but that, of course, would have ruined the surprise.  I sure did not want to be the person to do that!  Luckily, however, the secret was kept safe and sound.  Now that the secret is out, though, it is time to share Becky’s bean burger recipe!

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Jalapeno-Spiced Black Bean Burgers

*You can find Becky’s original recipe post here.

Servings: Makes 8 burgers


2 15 oz cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
4 TB chia seeds
2 medium onions
3 jalapenos
1 cup Kretschmer Wheat Germ* (how did Becky know that I had a free product coupon for this from HLS that I had no clue what to make with!? ;))


Roughly chop onions and jalapenos and place in food processor. Blend until mixture is composed of small pieces but not yet liquid. In a large bowl combine beans, chia seeds, onion-jalapeno mixture and wheat germ and mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Make 8 patties and place onto tin foil. Grill for approximately 20 minutes, turning halfway through. Serve atop a bed of greens with tomatoes and avocado or on a bun with the traditional mustard and ketchup! Enjoy!

*For those following a gluten-free diet, you can sub GF oatmeal for the wheat germ.

Because it was almost November when I cooked these and I don’t own a grill, I actually baked these in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 35-40 minutes (flipping halfway through) and they turned out fab!  Clearly, these are quite versatile…my kind of burger!

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I prepped some roasted green beans to accompany my burgers…

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…served the burgers over a bed of lettuce…

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…and topped them off with salsa and sliced jalapenos.  You can never have too many jalapenos, right? 😉

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As soon as I took my first bite into these burgers, I was so glad that this was the recipe that I picked to make.  I loved these burgers for several reasons.  First, they were delicious, flavorful, and spicy (but not too spicy!).  They were also SO easy to make, which is exactly the kind of recipe that I like to make on a busy week night.  I mean seriously, who can’t handle a recipe that only contains five ingredients?  Trust me, you can do it!  And finally, I was so happy that these burgers were vegan.  Becky did a great way of helping to show that vegan food is taaasty!  Nice job with this one, Becky!  I can finally tell you how much I enjoyed these :).

Want to check out two of my other favorite recipes from Becky?  I highly recommend that you try her Butternut Squash and Lentil Curry Stew and her Barbecue Tofu Pizza!

And now for the sappy part…


You are an awesome cook, baker, recipe-creator, healthy living ambassador, blogger, and blend!  I hope you have an absolutely fantastic blogiversary and that you feel extra special on this momentous day.  You SO deserve it!!  I cannot wait to see what you have in store for the coming year, and I cannot wait to spend time with you in person again in the near future :).

Finally, do you want to check out the other recipes that are a part of Becky’s virtual surprise potluck?  You can find them here:


Clearly, Becky is very loved! 🙂

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  • Jessie November 13, 2013, 4:21 am
    I am so jealous of all you ladies who've had the opportunity to meet Becky! She seems like such a sweet & lovely person. I think what y'all put together is fabulous. She's so lucky to know every single one of you <3 <3 Jessie recently posted...WIAW: What’s your Favorite Meal?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 6:17 am
      She is a great and VERY sweet person!! I hope she enjoys her surprise :).
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 13, 2013, 4:24 am
    Becky is so so loved!!! I am so happy to see this list and see how many of us can help her celebrate! Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Happy Blogiversary Becky – #ONWturns1My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 6:16 am
      Isn't it SO awesome?? I love the blogging community! :)
  • D @ The Kosher Cave Girl November 13, 2013, 6:23 am
    These look so filling and super yummy! D @ The Kosher Cave Girl recently posted...Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding {Paleo, 21DSD}My Profile
  • Jackie November 13, 2013, 7:00 am
    I can't wait to make these I love black bean burgers! Jackie recently posted...SURPRISE!!!My Profile
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies November 13, 2013, 7:01 am
    What a great way to help her celebrate! I've actually already tried (and LOVED) these burgers and the BBQ pizza -- we all have amazing tastes in food ;-) Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Pumpkin Cream Cheese BraidMy Profile
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 13, 2013, 7:27 am
    Love this lady and was super happy to be part of the celebrations for her. If only all us bloggers could live in the same place #wishfulthinking
  • Heather @fitncookies November 13, 2013, 7:40 am
    Haha I definitely had to be careful too when I made my cookies! I was always worried I scheduled it for the wrong day or a tweet would be sent out, lol. Love Becky and love that we did this for her :) Heather @fitncookies recently posted...Chocolate Chip Birthday CookiesMy Profile
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness November 13, 2013, 7:53 am
    What a fun surprise blogiversary link-up for Becky! I thought Becky had been blogging a lot longer than a year as well. So jealous of all the fun you guys had at HLS! These burgers look great. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...WIAW – lunch dateMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:18 pm
      Isn't it crazy that she's only been blogging a year? She has done an awesome job so far!
  • Kat November 13, 2013, 8:20 am
    I lurvveeeee me some black bean burgers, but NOT so big on the peppers!! Im such a spice wimp...I can barely handle any! Kat recently posted...WIAW – If I Were Still Counting CaloriesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:20 pm
      Haha, peppers certainly aren't for everyone..I really like some spice though!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine November 13, 2013, 9:33 am
    Okay, I am totally bookmarking this post and whenever I'm having a crappy, feeling sorry for myself day, I am coming back to read it <3 You just said the sweetest things! It was amazing to meet you AND I've been thinking about making a trip to NE soon to visit my grandpa and other relatives. When I do, you're on my list to stalk... er... visit ;) Thank you for such a sweet, sweet post! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...#50shadesofblends – RECAPMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:21 pm
      No problem, Becky! You deserve it! I hope your day was great. And yes, you should definitely let me know next time you make it to NE! We can do lunch or dinner!
  • Sharsti November 13, 2013, 9:59 am
    I love a good burger and I really love green breans! What a cool surprise, you guys are awesome! Sharsti recently posted...On your toes treadmill workoutMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:22 pm
      I think she really liked it!! It was a lot of fun to participate in :).
  • Carly @ Snack Therapy November 13, 2013, 10:18 am
    OMGGGG need these. Great post :D. Carly @ Snack Therapy recently posted...A Surprise Party…My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:23 pm
      Thanks! And yes, these are a must try! You really can't beat something so tasty and easy.
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 13, 2013, 10:29 am
    What an awesome idea to have the potluck, I am totally checking out all of the recipes! meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...What I Ate Wednesday -Everything Is Better With Mighty Maple Peanut ButterMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:24 pm
      There are some awesome ones! It is making me wish that this was a REAL potluck! ;)
  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit November 13, 2013, 10:34 am
    This is sooo sweet! What a nice idea :) I haven't been following Becky but I will bookmark her blog right now, thanks to your recommendation! And the burgers look amazing. I love anything with black beans! Elyse @ Lizzie Fit recently posted...{Vegan} Eggnog SmoothieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:25 pm
      You definitely need to check out her blog. I think you will really like it!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien November 13, 2013, 10:37 am
    Becky's burgers look FAB. I haven't made veggie burgs in forever--time to change that! Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted...What I Ate WednesdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:25 pm
      Yes! And these are the perfect ones to make in order to change that! They are SO easy :).
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life November 13, 2013, 10:41 am
    Yum! I have to start following her ASAP. I don't know how I wasn't before!? Happy 1 year to her! Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...Recipe Repeats [WIAW #32]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:26 pm
      Oh my, yes!! Her blog is great!
  • Tara November 13, 2013, 11:43 am
    Jalapeño makes the world go around, can we agree? It seriously goes good on everything! Tara recently posted...MerciMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:27 pm
      I SO agree!! A little spice makes everything delicious :).
  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition November 13, 2013, 12:14 pm
    What a sweet post!! These burgers sound so good, and I love that they have chia seeds in them. Plus I am totally a fan of adding extra jalapenos to pretty much anything ;) Thanks for participating! Katie @ Blonde Ambition recently posted...Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies – Happy Blogiversary Becky!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:28 pm
      I thought it was awesome that there were chia seeds in them, too! Such a nice addition. And thanks for asking...I loved being a part of this!
  • Ashley November 13, 2013, 12:53 pm
    Yum, these black bean burgers look awesome! I love a good black bean burger but am loving the kick from the jalapenos! What a fun post too! Ashley recently posted...Green Beans with Almonds and ShallotsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:29 pm
      Yes! The peppers really added something extra. They'll definitely be making frequent appearances in future burgers!
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables November 13, 2013, 2:34 pm
    Oh wow, those burgers sound awesome!!! And the surprise party was such a cute idea :) Liz @ I Heart Vegetables recently posted...Easy Pumpkin SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:31 pm
      Wasn't it? I was so glad that I was able to participate!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 13, 2013, 2:51 pm
    Your post was so heartfelt and sweet! I'm wishing I would have gone into detail about how much I love Becky too now, haha. These burgers look awesome! I bet you had fun eating them. :) Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...French Onion Soup + Olives N Wine Turns 1!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:32 pm
      Haha, thanks! ;) And don't worry, I'm pretty sure she feels VERY loved! :)
  • Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia November 13, 2013, 8:25 pm
    LOVE bean burgers!! and this one sure sounds simple and so tasty too! thx for sharing :) btw, You are a such a sweetheart for writing this post! your love is certainly shining through! x
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2013, 1:26 pm
      Becky totally deserves it! And you should definitely try these burgers. They are ridiculously simple!
  • Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? November 13, 2013, 9:28 pm
    I have yet to make black bean burgers. I NEED to do that! Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? recently posted...Pancake Heaven + New FoodsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2013, 1:27 pm
      Seriously?? Oh geeze, you NEED to!! I have a feeling you would definitely enjoy them!
  • Allison @ Life's a Bowl November 14, 2013, 4:09 am
    I love all of the ingredients in those burgers, they sound delicious! And that's absolutely awesome that y'all coordinated a surprise potluck for Becky - I'm gonna go check her blog out now :) Allison @ Life's a Bowl recently posted...WIAW: Details in the DescriptionsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2013, 1:28 pm
      Her blog is so great!! Hopefully a lot of new faces will be stopping by because she totally deserves it!
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl November 14, 2013, 5:34 am
    Happy one year to Becky! The burgers look like a must try and I've wondered what to make with the wheat germ too! Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl recently posted...Almond Flour Apple Pie (vegan and gluten-free)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2013, 1:28 pm
      Now you know!! It turns out that it is great in veggie burgers!
  • Jess November 15, 2013, 1:34 pm
    Just tried these- totally gorgeous! Just instagrammed the results to show off!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 16, 2013, 3:05 pm
      Awesome! Glad you loved them!

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