Author: mvrilyn nguyen

Black Bean Patty

So it’s 4th of July weekend and we are spending the time quarantining together with the family. My brother decided to make burgers and as a vegetarian, I had black bean burgers made by yours truly! The brioche bun was also homemade, I followed Michel Roux’s recipe here.

This is the tastiest burger I’ve had in a long time and the patty definitely had some “meat” to it if you know what I mean. I omitted peppers from this recipe but feel free to throw them into the saute pan for some extra heat this summer!


28oz black beans
1/2 onion diced
3 garlic gloves minced
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika powder
1/4 c bread crumbs
1/4 c oat flour
1/2 c shredded pepper jack cheese
2 eggs
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sriracha mayo
salt and pepper to taste

(makes 6 patties)


  1. Spread the black beans on a sheet pan and dry out in the oven for 15 mins at 325F / 160C
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic until soft
  3. Put into a food processor with the remaining ingredients and pulse to your desired texture
  4. I like mine a bit chunky!
  5. Form into patties
  6. Cook on a cast iron skillet on medium heat for a nice sear about 5 mins on each side
  7. Top with your favs, I’m keeping it simple with cheese, bella mushrooms and fried shallots.

Let me know in the comments, what are your favorite burger toppings?

Friday Favorites

So lately I’ve been asking, how are you feeling? No, no, how are you REALLY feeling? 

As our shelter in place has been extended for another month, a whirlwind of emotions have been coming over: fear, uncertainty, confusion, loss, just to name a few… I have to remind myself to feel my feelings then understand why am I feeling this way? does it really serve me? 

Now that the world is under shelter in place, I have found myself to have so much more time to do things I normally wouldn’t. Meditation has been helping quite a lot to navigate through my feelings. Then I begin to find other outlets through self care, such as teaching yoga, working out and creating a better skin routine. I found myself reaching for the same things the past two weeks, here are my favorites: 

  1. Buff – we don’t have available n95 masks so I am using this to provide some protection against people who don’t know how to practice safe social distancing
  1. Tone It Up App – I’m so glad that the girls, Karena and Katrina, have been able to provide their workouts and app for free during this time. I have been able to get my workouts in the living room and bond with my roommates. 
  1. Digital scale – For some reason, I left my scale at my parents house when I moved out to the Bay Area and have always forgotten to bring it up with me. Now that we’re going through the shelter in place, there’s no way I’m getting my scale anytime soon, but I wanted to bake so I purchased a cheap scale. I have to say, it’s small and sleek, works great so far and I was able to make a delicious cheesecake! Since it’s small the placement of the window is tucked under any large bowls you’re working with, so just a heads up. Other than that, it doesn’t take much space in the kitchen, which I love! 
  1. Instant Coffee – dalgona’s anyone? This has been so popular on the internet and I have to say that while it is delicious and fun to drink, I also ran out of regular coffee so have been drinking this as regular coffee in the mornings before jumping onto a morning conference call. 
  1. FRE moisturizer and serum – I did receive these from the company to try out and I have to say its a great way to stay moisturized
  1. Dry shampoo – need I say more? 

Touch Your Toes

“It’s not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.”

When I taught yoga, I remember students introduced themselves to me as newbies and asked how they could they do __________. (ex. how to touch my toes) It’s a question I hated answering because it’s everything students don’t want to hear: patience and consistency (obviously there are the physical aspects such as open up your hamstrings and lower back). But really, that’s what yoga is all about, learning more about yourself, being present with your body and patience to show up every damn day.

My question back to the students, “well, why do you want to __________?” It’s ok if the answers are superficial, I know mine were partially when I first started.

To this day, there are still asanas (poses) that I have that are goals, such as headstand. I think it’s ok though to enjoy the journey / progress rather negatively obsessing over why I still can’t do it yet but I also believe that showing up to the mat is enough.

This morning, I woke up and showed up to the beach, rolled out my mat and started to flow. I finished the beach visit by 9:30 AM and felt the weather was perfect in the Bay Area. Flow with me…

Namaste yogis,