Freudian Kitchen

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 10, 2010

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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Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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


Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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


Kristina @ spabettie September 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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. :)


Maissa (Run, Rant, Realize) September 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm

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!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm

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 :)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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.


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm

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


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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!


Wei-Wei September 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm

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


Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Nice use of your psychology degree ;)


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA September 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

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!


MarathonVal September 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

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


stacey-healthylife September 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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


Chelsea at Striking Balance September 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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?


Kelley September 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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. :)


Lauren September 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Now those are some good looking balls! :)


Cara Craves... September 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

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


Tina September 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

I totally just subscribed to that site! Awesome!


Stefanie September 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

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


Caitlin (EatFeats) September 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Hah balls. Being a man seems so simple!


Lauren George September 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm

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


Sana September 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

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


Mackenzie September 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

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…


[email protected] September 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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


Danielle September 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm

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! :)


Jillian @ Reshape Your Life September 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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….


Chelsey September 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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


Sportsgirl September 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) September 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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.


Tiffany September 10, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Everything you make looks delicious!


Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 10, 2010 at 9:07 pm

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


Bee Goes Bananas September 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

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


Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly September 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

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


Katrina (gluten free gidget) September 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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


Halley September 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm

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.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 11, 2010 at 7:18 am

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


Amber K September 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

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


Camille September 11, 2010 at 12:46 am

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


JL Goes Vegan September 11, 2010 at 4:19 am

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


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 11, 2010 at 7:06 am

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


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 11, 2010 at 7:47 am

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


Jill September 11, 2010 at 7:58 am

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!


Kirsten @ Cooking in Japan September 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

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.


Maria @ runningcupcake September 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

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 :)


Melanie September 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

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!


Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

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. :)


andrea @ Food Not Fuss September 13, 2010 at 9:25 am

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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