Black Bean Burgers

Looking for a healthy alternative to the traditional summer grilled burger? Some of you are thinking, heck nah! Well, just try this black bean burger recipe and it might change your life! Wendy and Jess of Food Heaven Show (YouTube) are fun, gorgeous, colorful and most of all, they know their ish. Their site and YouTube channel offer recipes that are mostly simple, and always healthy and flavorful. Wait, did I mention that the recipes are affordable?! They also give information on nutrition for life with informational vids and articles such as how to cure PMS with food, and healthy foods that help to prevent cancer. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching their videos and every recipe that I have tried has come out tasting so wonderful. This black bean burger recipe is one of them.

Hey now, we’ve got to adopt some healthier lifestyle choices. Black women have some of the leading numbers for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. A little butter, sugar and salt is good some of the time but we have to fill up our fridges and bellies with foods that will improve and sustain optimal health for life. Our food should support our goals, not slow us down and cause us to take a time out to get right. And remember, beauty is an inner work. Take care to feed your body good things as well as your mind, spirit and soul. Trust, you consistently take in beauty and it’ll radiate forth from you organically. We just have to make a start. Take a look at their site and try something out!


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Video Credit: Food Heaven Show

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Beautiful Father’s out there. There are some featured in #theblackgirltriptych. If you haven’t already, check it out on our Exhibits page, in the gallery here on the site.

Meanwhile, choose some of your favorite summer veggies and try this summer salad straight from my dad’s recipe stash!


2 Yellow Squash

2 Zuchinni Squash

2 Cucumbers

1/2 Red Onion

Dash of salt and pepper

1 tbsp of sugar

2 cups of your favorite Italian Dressing


Slice all of the veggies, please them in a bowl, then sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and sugar. Pour on the dressing, cover and shake it up, shake it up, to mix around all of the ingredients. Allow the salad to chill in fridge over night. This salad tastes best when it has had some time to sit so that the veggies can marinate and soak up all of the flavorful goodness! The next day, take the salad out of the fridge, dish it up, eat it up, and repeat!

Hope you enjoy this. I sure did. The garden fresh veggies were so crisp and very well seasoned. It’s so filling and great eaten alone or with a nice sandwich. If you try this, let us know in the comment section here on the blog. If you have a recipe from your dad’s stash that’s not top secret ;0), share it with us! Thanks, Daddy! Happy Father’s day!


Photo Credit: Pamela Thompson for The Beautiful Project


More and more, people are juicing fruits and veggies or blending unlikely combinations to create smoothies. Some of the recipes are quite tasty and the benefit is that you can get in the recommended servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables effortlessly. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it has been one of the best green smoothies I’ve tasted to date. Try it out and tell us what you think.  Do you love it or would you rather leave it alone? Share links to your favorite green smoothie! Comment below, tweet or comment on Facebook!






Photo Credit:  The Minimalist Baker

Sometimes after lunch but before dinner, our tummies may start to do an award winning version of the rumba, leaving us wondering what happened to our lunch and when in the $%*@  is dinner!  Yea. It bes like that sometimes.  Instead of reaching for that honeybun, grande latte, or some other delicious form of empty calories, how about preparing a healthy snack to take along with you?  Black women are dealing with a myriad of health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, to name a few.  Our lifestyle directly impacts some of these illnesses, most of which can be prevented.  The more decisions we make for our health, the better we’ll feel, the healthier we’ll be.

Comment below or tweet @thebeautifulprj some delicious snack ideas that you enjoy!


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The new year is here!  Many are on the look out for different recipes to enhance and support new diets.  Try out this Boca Pizza.  Boca is a brand of meatless products, made mostly from soy, ranging from veggie burgers to chicken patties and including some breakfast options as well.  Boca was used in this recipe to give the pizza a meaty flavor and texture and it worked out very well.  Of course this pizza could be made using only veggies or with any meat instead of a meat substitute.  However be careful about the amount meat substitutes you consume.  The body functions best and works optimally when given appropriate servings of fresh food and natural ingredients that can be easily digested.



2 pieces of Multi-grain Flatbread

2 Boca Burger Patties (All American Flame Grilled  flavor was used for this recipe)

1/4 cup Bell Pepper

1/4 cup Green Onion

1/2 cup Italian Cheese

3 tbsp Marinara Sauce for each flatbread piece



Preheat oven to 400.

Prepare Boca burger according to package instructions.

Once the burger is cooked, chop burger into bite sized pieces.

Cover each flatbread piece with about 3 tbsp of marinara sauce.

Next, sprinkle on the bell pepper, onion, burger pieces and cheese.

Bake pizzas for about 8-10 minutes or until cheese is beautifully melted.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Bite, chew, repeat!



Photo Credit:  pamela t. for The Beautiful Project