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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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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