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butternut squash and black bean burger

I spent Friday night in Boston teaching my favorite cooking class at Whole Foods Market, “Cook Yourself Healthy in Under 10 Minutes” to a sold out room! We all had such a blast, ate delicious food, laughed, and celebrated healthy living.

whole foods class

A great space to cook in!

It is my greatest mission to debunk the theory that cooking healthy food is complicated and time consuming.

Abra and Heather Laughing

Cooking is FUNNY

Learning my method of foundation cooking (what I teach in this class) will inject you with the tools and confidence to prepare healthy delicious meals all week long in under 10 minutes.

Abra Cooking

Cookin it up!

I will be announcing my New York class dates this fall, so get ready to make your kitchen your bitch.

collard apple slaw

Close up action!

This is a recipe from the class, it was a big hit! I love the kind of recipe that satisfies on a deep level, takes a few minutes to prepare, and freezes well for an additional bonus meal on a super busy weeknight.

This burger is even great for meat lovers.

Butternut squash and black bean burger with apple collard slaw GO!

Collard Slaw Recipe Here

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burgers

Veggie Burger Deliciousness!

Servings: 6
Level: Moderate


  • 1 cup of butternut squash
  • 1 can of organic black beans
    rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of farro
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 shallot
    finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of braggs amino acid
  • whole grain burger bun
  • sliced avocado


  1. In a large bowl combine squash and black beans. Using a wooden spoon mash together until broken up and well combined. Add farro, lime juice, garlic, shallot, chili powder and braggs. Stir well to combine.
  2. Form into 6 patties, place on lightly greased baking sheet (I used coconut oil) or alternatively fry in skillet.
  3. Bake in 425 oven for 10 minutes, flip and cook 5 minutes more
  4. Alternatively pan fry in a cast iron skillet using a scant tsp of coconut oil. 4 minutes on each side.
Serve with Collard Apple Slaw (Recipe Here) Place burger on bun, top w/ sliced avocado and collard slaw

Abra Pappa
About Abra Pappa, Health and Wellness Expert

Abra is a wellness expert that has inspired thousands of people to reach their health and weight loss goals through whole, natural food and mindful lifestyle shifts. Her food philosophy is simple; keep it real, keep it simple, and it sure as heck better be delicious!

  • Angela Mathers

    I SO wish I could take one of your classes- those squash burgers look absolutely delish! Until I’m able to, I guess I’m going to have to just settle for making the recipe on my own. Thanks so much for sharing!