Because canned beans can be mushy, pair them with crunchy ingredients. Our sweet potato, quinoa and pinto bean patties had plenty of smoky, garlicky flavor. But when we added walnuts and served them over crisp romaine, they soared.

Source: Midwest Living


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  • Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork. Place on a paper towel in microwave oven. Microwave on 100% (high) for 10 to 12 minutes or until soft, turning them over halfway through cooking.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

  • Halve sweet potatoes lengthwise; scoop out flesh into skillet containing onion mixture. Add beans, paprika and salt; mash with potato masher or fork. Stir in cooked quinoa, walnuts and flaxseed. Shape into eight 3-inch patties (about 1/2 inch thick).

  • In another large skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Cook patties in batches, 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden.

  • While patties cook, stir together sour cream, minced jalapeño, lime juice and salt. Serve patties with Lime-Jalapeño Cream, and if you like, serve them over lettuce, garnished with jalapeño slices and/or a wedge of lime.

*Handling Hot Peppers

Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapeños, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

To store leftovers:

Wrap individual patties in foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Reheat, unwrapped, in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes per side or until heated through (165°F).

Nutrition Facts

273 calories; fat 14g; cholesterol 8mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 32g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 4g; insoluble fiber 5g; sugars 4g; protein 7g; vitamin a 7636.4IU; vitamin c 8.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.7mg; vitamin b6 0.3mg; folate 38.5mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 301mg; potassium 450mg; calcium 95mg; iron 1.8mg.