Farmhaus fail?

Farhmhaus Burgers has two locations in Augusta, Georgia.  They boast that they use local products (which I am on board with) and they do use organic products as well. Since I’ve moved to the CSRA I’ve always wanted to visit this restaurant. And today was the day.

img_1600

Going in I was confused, I always thought it was a normal restaurant where you sit down and order, but instead you take a menu and order in line, take your number and then sit down and wait for your food. It has a Chipotle vibe, probably because of how it is decorated but it reminded me of Shake Shack.

The girl at the register was extremely nice and helped my pick out what was best for me. I got their veggie burger with sweet potato tots. fullsizerender-1

It was on an organic wheat bread which was pretty good. I added Swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, pickled jalapenos, a garlic ailoi sauce and avocado. I don’t know exactly what was in my burger but it was made with quinoa and beans, that’s for sure. And it was good, it did fall apart though and I had to eat it with a utensil. The sweet potato tots were a complete fail, I was truly disappointed, I don’t know what sauce was on the side but I wasn’t with that either. The regular fries were AWESOME though.

img_1597

And this is the number 6 or “the Farmstyle”, it looked good but both my brother and father said it was just okay.

img_1599

They do have shakes and floats with alcohol in them that seems pretty awesome. If I do come back to this place I’m going to have to try one out.

Overall, the place was just okay. And it’s really unfortunate I really wanted to like this place. I will probably come back, MAYBE.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Saturday.

Love,

1236232158172503250116

 

 

Black bean & sweet potato burgers

I am on a roll this week with black beans! Yesterday my family decided to make steak with rice and black beans for dinner and unfortunately I do not eat steak so I had to make something else. I decided “What a perfect time to make a black bean burger!”. The burger was amazing, it came out a lot better than I thought it would. It was so easy to make so I figured “Hey I’ll eat it today for lunch also”. Since I didn’t take any pictures of it yesterday I thought today I could do that too.

I’ve had black bean burgers from other places and for the most part they were just okay. (Except the black bean burger at Pride & Joy in Wynwood, South Florida they have amazing black bean burgers!) The beauty of cooking at home is that you can tweak anything to your liking and that’s exactly what I did.

Ingredients :

  • Sweet potato, I used frozen fries but you can use fresh sweet potato

DSC_1025

  • 1 can of black beans (15 oz) rinsed and drained
  • Onion ( I used less than 1/4 of an onion)

DSC_1027

  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper

DSC_1029

  • 1 cup of bread crumbs

DSC_1031

  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

DSC_1034

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DSC_1036

To start off I had some frozen sweet potato fries in the freezer and I wanted those in my burger, what better mix than black beans and sweet potatoes?! So I got a pan and coated it with coconut oil and popped a few sweet potatoes fries in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

While my fries are heating up I placed all my remaining ingredients into a bowl and mashed it up, you want most of the beans mashed but it doesn’t have to be 100%. When I was done with that my fries were ready. So I took them out of the oven and cut about half of them into little pieces and mashed them into the bowl with all the other ingredients.

DSC_1043

You must remember to drain your beans so they are not liquid-y!

If your mixture is sticky just add more bread crumbs.

DSC_1041

On a plate I placed some more bread crumbs and got about a spoonful of my mixture and folded it into the crumbs to form a ball. When the ball is no longer wet or sticky you flatten it into a patty. Continue this until all the mixture is in patty form. My mixture made 7 patties. It really depends on how you want your patties, mine were not that thick but if that’s what you like then go ahead!

DSC_1046 I cooked my burgers on the stove with my pan covered in coconut oil. The only reason I didn’t use the grill is because these burgers are a little more delicate so you have to be careful. DSC_1047

Each burger is probably going to take about 3 minutes on each side, this also depends on if you want your burgers with a crunchy exterior (the breadcrumbs help with the crunch factor)

While these burgers were cooking I decided I wanted something a little different. I figured I’d make a sauce for them. This sauce was extremely easy but extremely flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of vegan mayo
  • 1/2 juice of a lime and lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil and dry thyme

Mix it all together and there is your sauce!

DSC_1054

When everything was done I made myself a plate.

I took the burger and drizzled my sauce on top. Crumbled some Mexican Queso Fresco on top of that (I LOVE this cheese) and placed a slice of tomato on top of that. Then I placed a few of my left over fries on the plate and I decided I needed a salad also. I had some spring mix so I got that with diced pears, about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and oil, and salt and pepper.

DSC_1059

DSC_1062

I was pleased with this lunch, the pears were a really nice touch too because they were perfectly soft and sweet. This meal was filling without leaving me with a gross feeling. And that’s how food should be! Food is supposed to give you energy not leave you lethargic!

I hope you guys try this out and if you have any suggestions or feedback I’d love to hear it!

Happy Wednesday

-Nicole ❤