Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand - Mother Teresa


On Valentine’s Day, it’s traditional to exchange gifts of chocolate and flowers, yet my man doesn’t follow the dictates of this romantic holiday. He follows his heart, not cultural celebrations or commercial peer pressure. I thought the day had passed and he’d forgotten. Near evening, he walked into the dining room with a packet of gourmet food, black bean beetroot patties and a smile on his face. (My sweet man gets me). I was excited about the flavour combo, but the processed taste was lack lustre. This led me to wondering what home cooked black bean beetroot patties would taste like, and I spend time in the kitchen, grating, mixing and baking. The verdict? Since you already know hubs to be a fussy eater, I’ll just say he ate five of the eight patties for dinner. Hope you enjoy them too.

Health benefits:

·       One cup of cooked beans provides about 12 grams of fibre, nearly half the recommended daily dose. Beans are digested slowly, which keep you satisfied longer. They are low in sugar, thus preventing insulin in the bloodstream from spiking and causing hunger.

·       Beetroot is a good source of iron, folate, magnesium and other antioxidants. Recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.


Makes 8 patties

 V, GF, NF (option)


½ cup red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

400 grams (14 oz.) black beans

¾ cup quinoa

1 cup beetroot, finely grated

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

salt and black pepper

¼ cup walnuts, blitzed into meal or hemp seeds as an nut free option

¼ cup sunflower seeds, blitzed into meal

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

 Preheat the oven to 180’C (350’F/Gas 4). Sauté the onion and garlic in a fry pan over medium heat until translucent and soft. Add the mushrooms and cook until slightly browned. Add the black beans and slightly mash, leaving some whole beans. Spoon mixture into a bowl, add the quinoa, beetroot, spices, salt and pepper and stir to combine. In another bowl, mix the walnut and sunflower meal, and hemp seeds. Add this nut/seed combo a bit at a time until the mixture is able to form into patties. Spoon a lump of mixture into your hands, form into a pattie shape, then use the inside of the spoon to smooth into a round shape. Place a piece of baking paper onto a baking tray. The baking time depends on the thickness of the pattie; mine were 1cm thick. Place the 8 patties on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Use a spatula to turn the patties, and bake for another 20 minutes. Serve with a salad or cooked veggie dinner, or on a bun with a salad.