rejuvenating leftovers: spicy black bean cakes

First, I made these Spicy Black Bean Cakes (thank you, Martha). It was amazing and delicious, and you should make it too. It's so healthy and filling for a vegetarian dish.

{Romantic Additions}

DO: Wait to cook the jalapenos and garlic until after the rest of your vegetables are prepped and ready. I didn't wait and the jalapenos and garlic stood getting cold on the stove.

DON'T: Try to just make 8 patties. This recipe created a large batch and if I were to make only 8 patties, they would have been enormous.

FOR ME: I didn't have all the ingredients for the lime sour cream, so I improvised:
  • Mix 1/3 cup sour cream (or all that's left in your tiny container) with a couple squeezes of mayo.
  • Add lime juice. Stir to combine.
  • To spice things up, add a few dashes of paprika. 
Now to the leftovers:
  • Place the remaining patties (after being cooked) in a zip-lock bag in the fridge over night.
    • Come home from work, hungry (and proud that you didn't eat the remaining bags of Cheez-its under your desk).
  • Put rice in the rice cooker (according to package directions) and start cookin'.
    • Do some minor cleaning--vacuum, sweep, etc.
  • When the rice is done, throw some olive oil in a saute pan.
  • Add the leftover patties. Break them apart and let them warm up.
  • Toss two and a half heaping spoonfuls of rice.
  • Add some soy sauce and this amazing goodness (Panda Express Orange Sauce).
    • I've found the amazing orange sauce at both the grocery stores in this small town, so it should be available to most of you.
  • Cook until it's piping hot.
  • Serve.
    • To yourself on a cold winter's day, waiting for your significant other to return.

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