Freudian Kitchen


Happy Friday :)

Thanks for all of your favourite website recommendations.

I think I have a new one now…

Could. not. stop. laughing. It made my week. Seriously.

I have been battling what I believe is a hormone-related headache all day long. I woke up with a booming headache and unfortunately it didn’t ease up. This happens to me pretty much every month and it often lasts a couple days. Normally if it is a caffeine or dehydration headache it is alleviated with tea or water, but neither of those methods worked today. Hormones, I’m looking at you.

Even though I could have been satisfied with a loaf of white bread for dinner, I tried my best to come up with a balanced meal that will hopefully send this headache on its merry moody old way.

Insert: Pumpkin to use up.

Insert: Fun Cinnamon Pumpkin Black Bean Recipe.


Insert: A dash of bright and cheery + antioxidants..


Cinnamon Pumpkin Black Bean Balls

Adapted from Food Not Fuss.


  • 1.5 cups cooked black beans
  • 1/4-1/3 cup canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Garlic clove, chopped


Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl mash together all ingredients until combined. Shape into balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and slightly crispy on the outside. Can also be made into burgers. Makes 12-14 balls.

One bowl recipes rock my socks.




I must have been cursing my female hormones and I made the burgers into balls, albeit subconsciously.


(Freudian analysis occurred post-photography upload.)


I decided to serve the burger balls over a mixed green salad for a light and healthy dinner.


I played off the sweet notes from the cinnamon and pumpkin and I sprinkled the salad with dried cranberries and raisins. How very Fall-like of me, I know. ;)

I also sprinkled sesame seeds, chopped avocado, green pepper, and tomato on top. It was what I had on hand so I made it work. For the dressing, I adapted my Better than bottled balsamic vinaigrette, by making it a bit sweeter with a touch more maple syrup.


The burger balls are good! They aren’t my all-time favourite veggie burger (see here and here for my top two), but I still enjoyed them quite a bit. The burger balls would also be great to pack in a lunch for a healthy & portable snack. :)

See you tomorrow AM for breakfast ‘cake’, only this time the cake is made from a veggie…put your thinking caps on!

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 10, 2010

I adore the sound of that dish!! We can’t get canned pumpkin over here, but I bet it would work with mashed squash…yay :D


2 Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 10, 2010

I make a similar black bean burger with sweet tater- LOVE the burger balls in the salad, what a clever idea! ;)


3 Kristina @ spabettie September 10, 2010

I remember when I first discovered Allie and her awesome humor. She is hilarious and I spent a good hour the first time I saw her. :)


4 Maissa (Run, Rant, Realize) September 10, 2010

I love Hyperbole and a Half! My friend introduced me to it a few weeks ago and I was heading on a road trip the next day with the boyfriend and a few friends. We spent the entire car-trip passing around my iphone and laughing about various cartoons. LOVE.

These look yummy!


5 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 10, 2010

Too funny – both the name of the post and the fact I have black beans and canned pumpkin to use up – I will have to try these :)


6 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 10, 2010

Oohh. I haven’t seen canned pumpkin yet this year, but I’m thinking of sweet potatoes as a good substitute. I love recipes that look so difficult, yet are super easy.


7 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 10, 2010

Pumpkin pumpkin!! :D I have to find this stuff soon..every blog is using it!


8 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 10, 2010

I love that website too! It is so hilarious.

I think your burger balls are adorable — and I love black beans and pumpkin, but I’ve never had them together!


9 Wei-Wei September 10, 2010

Burger balls… heh. Will you ever share any of what you learned in college (especially psychology stuff!!) with us?


10 Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 10, 2010

Nice use of your psychology degree ;)


11 Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA September 10, 2010

I love Hyperbole and a Half, too!

I can’t believe that’s what you make on your lazy day. You really put me to shame!


12 MarathonVal September 10, 2010

Hey girl, hope you feel better soon! As a shrinky dink I love the Freudian reference ;)


13 stacey-healthylife September 10, 2010

Great idea. Love them on top of the salad. Your headache could be the weather change. I know someone else having the same problem.


14 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 10, 2010

Yum, excited to see the cake tomorrow! My guess is either pumpkin (it’s a veggie, I think!?) or sweet potatoes! Perhaps squash. Hmm I guess I can’t guess every vegetable, hey?


15 Kelley September 10, 2010

This post is so cute!! I can totally relate. I’m the girl who WILL actually eat a loaf of bread… but this looks like so much more fun. All that mashing… good for soul. :)


16 Lauren September 10, 2010

Now those are some good looking balls! :)


17 Cara Craves... September 10, 2010

That’s that cutest idea ever!
Love it.
So easy and super yum. Thanks for sharing.


18 Tina September 10, 2010

I totally just subscribed to that site! Awesome!


19 Stefanie September 10, 2010

Those bean balls look great. They combine some of my favorite things (black beans, pumpkin, and oats) into one dish.


20 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 10, 2010

Hah balls. Being a man seems so simple!


21 Lauren George September 10, 2010

Wow those sound amazing!! I am always impressed with your creativity!!


22 Sana September 10, 2010

Hormone headaches come on day #2 and I usually take a pain-killer. Nothing else helps!


23 Mackenzie September 10, 2010

We can’t get canned pumpkin here!! I have been dying to try all your pumpkin recipes, they all look so delicious. Or maybe it’s the fact that i know i can’t make them that makes me want them more…


24 [email protected] September 10, 2010

Those burger balls include all the ingredients I love! I’m gonna need to bookmark this.


25 Danielle September 10, 2010

I just made your Vegan Spiced Pumpkin Glo Bites from last year… with a few different ingredients because of what I had in the house… Anyway, they turned out fantastic!

Also, just wanted to let you know that I just referenced your site on my blog… I mentioned how great it is that your recipes are presented within the context of caring about and nurturing oneself. It’s really inspiring. I know that you are causing your readers to think about themselves and about food in a radically different way, and for that, I say – Hurray! :)


26 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life September 10, 2010

That salad looks SO yummy! Filling but refreshing. I love dried cranberries, but I don’t know if I’ve had them in salad yet….


27 Chelsey September 10, 2010

Yum! I’ve made black bean balls with sweet potato before, but never pumpkin! I need to try that!


28 Sportsgirl September 10, 2010

Haha that site is hilarious!! I’m crying with laughter.


29 Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) September 10, 2010

FALL hath come. Let there be PUMPKINS! Those balls look uber tasty!

One site I LOVE is “Stuff White People Like.” … It’s too true, lol.


30 Tiffany September 10, 2010

Everything you make looks delicious!


31 Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 10, 2010

Those balls are so cute! (That sound you hear if Ol’ Freudy chuckling in his grave.)


32 Bee Goes Bananas September 10, 2010

Wow, those look so delicious! I hope to try that recipe soon. I love your psych analogy (I’m a psych student)!!


33 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly September 10, 2010

Freudian or not, I love the little meatball idea! I might have to do this next time I want to make veggie burgers.


34 Katrina (gluten free gidget) September 10, 2010

“These are a few of my favorite things….” This sounds amazing!


35 Halley September 10, 2010

The magic that your kitchen can do with black beans astounds me. I love this idea! When all else fails, make a ball out of it.


36 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 11, 2010

haha why do I feel like that would make an awesome sign to hang up in the kitchen?


37 Amber K September 10, 2010

The salad looks beautiful! I am not a fan of sweet salads, but they always look so pretty!


38 Camille September 11, 2010

Those looks awesome!
What a mish-mash of interesting flavors that seem like they would totally work together!


39 JL Goes Vegan September 11, 2010

Really love this recipe! Perfect to use in so many ways! (agree, one bowl, totally the way to go!) :)


40 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 11, 2010

I would have never thought to combine those ingredients. You are so creative! How do you do it?


41 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 11, 2010

i don’t really love salads, but your looks amazing! love the bright colors and combination of textures :)


42 Jill September 11, 2010

These little balls look like such a great way to add something really filling to the average lunch salad. And I love that you can make a huge batch all at once and use them all week long. I’m totally going to make these this week. Thanks for the idea! Score!


43 Kirsten @ Cooking in Japan September 11, 2010

These look great. I can’t wait to make them with kabocha squash – it would take too long to track down pumpkin here in Japan. It’s finally cool enough here to start making pumpkiny (well, kabochay) things here.


44 Maria @ runningcupcake September 11, 2010

Wow those bean balls look good! I keep meaning to try the bean balls from veganonicon but havent got around to it yet! Maybe this week I will be inspired!
MAria :)


45 Melanie September 11, 2010

I sometimes get hormone headaches too. My Naturopathic Doctor suggested that I take iron supplements for the week before and then during my period. This has helped me. When I remember to take the supplements – no hormone headache. When I don’t remember to take them – headache. She has also said that the headaches can also be due to liver and spleen stagnation (Chinese medicine). Making sure that you are not eating/drinking things that make the liver work harder to process also helps. Sorry this is so long. Just thought I’d share what worked for me. By the way, I so enjoy reading your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your great recipes and your life!


46 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 11, 2010

Haha, those burger balls sound yummy. I want to try making some veggie burgers tomorrow; I’m thinking black bean, hummus and pumpkin seeds, since I have a plethora of them to use up. :)


47 andrea @ Food Not Fuss September 13, 2010

Hey Angela, thanks for the link! Glad you liked the burgers — and I like your ‘balls’ idea! heee! Since I know you love pumpkin like I do, you might also be interested in my Olive Tapenade With Pumpkin recipe. It’s really delish and vegan too! :)

Anyway, thanks again for the link, I’ve been a reader for a long time and was thrilled to see my recipe here! :D


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