by Holly on July 21, 2011

in childhood,gluten-free,recipes,silliness

The first CD I ever bought with my own money was…Hanson.

There, I said it! 

I’m not proud of this fact. I’m also not proud of the fact that I maybe just kinda sorta perhaps picked up the Spice Girls CD that fateful day in Wal-Mart as well.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Wal-Mart? Holly thy most noble Everythingtarian, how could a Tarjay devotee like yourself ever be caught shopping in Wal-Mart?

But here’s what I’m thinking: If you were born in the mid-80’s and somehow managed to not want to date Taylor Hanson or grow up to be Baby Spice, then major props for being 1,498,902x cooler than I. If you also managed to avoid the denim button-up shirt trend, bonus points for you too.

Of course, when my sisters + I recreated the Spice Girls video to “Who Do You Think You Are?” in our cement basement, I was forced to play the role of Scary Spice, which, if you’re a brace-faced middle school gal with an afro that won’t quit and a horribly awkward complex about said afro like myself, is not a good thing. It’s more of a therapy-worthy thing.

“Doctor…you see, all my self-esteem issues started when my older sister Katie got to be Posh Spice and forced me – yes, forced me! – to be Scary Spice.

You know, Mel B? The totally not cute spice?

She made me be her!

And so yes doctor, that’s when I first started believing that I too wasn’t cute…”

I only tell you all of this because it’s about time you all realize I’m nowhere as cool as I like you all to think me to be.

Because while I choose to believe that more than 15 years later, I’ve managed to grow into a responsible young woman who’s wiser, more mature and significantly more improved in her musical tastes, I am really none of those things.

Case in point: I am listening to both Hanson + The Spice Girls while writing this post.

Lucy and Stop, respectively.

But my tastebuds – now those just may be the only things that have matured!

Now, I eat things like truffled kettle corn. I know the difference between ‘grass-fed’ and ‘pasture-grazed.’ Jars of nooch, chia seeds + maca powder line my kitchen. I drink fermented tea on the regular. My fridge is stocked with sweet potato tater tots, organic milk and blackberry-infused dark chocolate. I only eat said sweet potato tots with homemade Sriracha mayo.

And I make things like Cornmeal Quinoa Black Bean Patties.

Can you say mmm…bop?

Cornmeal Quinoa Black Bean Patties
adapted from Terry Walters CLEAN FOOD cookbook 

1 (15-oz.) can black beans
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/3 cup onion, finely diced
1/4 t cayenne pepper or chile powder
1/2 T minced garlic
2 t paprika
2 t ground cumin
salt + pepper, to taste
1 egg
canola or coconut oil, for frying
6 swiss chard leaves or hamburger buns
condiments, for serving

In a medium bowl, mash together black beans + cornmeal. The mixture will look crumbly. Gently fold in cooked quinoa, onion and spices. In a small bowl, whisk your egg, and add to the bean, cornmeal + quinoa mixture. Mix well, and set bowl aside.

In a saucepan over medium-low, pour oil to lightly coat the entire bottom of the pan. Using your hands, divide the mixture into six, and form balls. Two to four at a time, place the balls into the pan and fry the patties until each side is golden brown, about 4 to 6 minutes per side. When you flip your ball, smash down with a spatula to form a patty-like shape.

Top with condiments of your choice (I suggest mustard, ketchup or salsa), and serve warm wrapped in a swiss chard leaf or on a hamburger bun. Enjoy!

Makes 6 hearty patties


Alex @ IEatAsphalt July 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I am embarrassed to admit I have Clean Food and have yet to make anything out of it. Pretty confident the first CD I got was Paula Abdul. I also remember my mom telling me I was not allowed to buy a Madonna CD while in Wal-Mart.

Kim July 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Dude… Scary Spice was always my favorite.

Jess July 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Those patties look seriously delicious!!

I wouldn’t be surprised if the first CD i ever bought was something by Hillary Duff ;)

Jessica July 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I practically wallpapered my room with Hanson posters, however all I wanted to be growing up was Posh Spice. I secretly still want to be Victoria Beckham…Harper was MY baby name!

Lauren July 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Haha, right on girl!! I used to LOVE the Spice Girls. Gosh, I can still picture that video, “Wannabe” in my head.
And who DIDN’T have a major crush on Hanson. I actually really like their new stuff. There, I said it too. ;)

Cait's Plate July 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

ME TOO!!! On the first CD being Hanson! I LOVED them! I knew there was a reason I liked you Holly :) This post just made me smile from ear to ear.

Paige July 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

On the upside, at least you weren’t SPORTY SPICE. Worst Spice ever.

Erica July 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm

hahahha – the first cd I ever bought was spice girls too! I loved it. I thought they were amazing and would be around forever ;). The patties look just awesome. Cornmeal rocks- so good in a wide range of recipes.

Emma July 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Do NOT be ashamed!! I still want to date Taylor Hanson, even though he has like 3 kids now. (True story: I’ve touched his hand on two separate occasions. Take from that what you will.)

I also definitely have home videos of me dancing to Spice Girls that should never see the light of day.

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] July 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

:Yum!! me and my sister just watched the entire spice girls movie on tv. we knew all the lines?? oh traveling through time…

Liza July 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Oh, come on – Mel B totally was cute and is still totally hot today (though some could probably accuse Posh of being a bit skeletor with fake boobs)!

BTW, I don’t know if you have ever done this, but could you maybe touch on traveling solo as a female? I want to go on a trip, cannot find anyone to come with, and want to go at it alone but I guess I want to know I am not crazy. Here’s to fun, fabulous, fearless females!

Terry Walters July 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I’m not sure which came first for me – Cher Half Breed, The Carpenters, or The Doobie Brothers. Either way, I’m glad you’re enjoying my black bean corn patties!

Eat clean live well!


: )

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I love the black bean patty, with MUSTARD (love it!) in that chard leaf. On the light background. GORGEOUS image Holly!

And the recipe looks pretty bomb diggity too :)

BroccoliHut July 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Ha! I had a thing for the Hanson brothers too. I thought it was SO cool that their family had three boys, and mine had three girls.

Katie July 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

That is a beautiful shot of that burger on the big green leaf…love!! Also, my first CD was Mariah Carey – and I’m pretty sure I still know every word to “Daydream”, but even better…my male cousin thought Hansen was a group of girls and had crushes on them all before he found out they were boys. Hilarious.

grace b July 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Dude I still want to marry Taylor Hanson. He went from cute to HAWT.

Amy B @ Second City Randomness July 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Megan and I were totally talking about throwback tunes today! Weird…

I owned one Hanson and two Spice Girls cds. Sadly, I have to report that I sold them out of embarrassment a few years after I bought them.

Really wish I still had the Spice Girls at least. We did a music video as well. I was Ginger. The sluttiest one. Fail…

dana @ my little celebration July 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

mmmmmmmm….I like the last picture [BOP]!

Madeline @ Greens and Jeans July 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm

while my first concert was NKOTB (mama jeans took me in kindergarten. She made me wear ear plugs), my first CDs were green day and weezer. Yep. I was a freaking bad ass in fifth grade.

Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers July 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Hahaha, my friends and I totally made up dances to Spice Girls songs, too! And I also had Hanson’s CD… and listened to “MmmBop” a few too many times. It’s like a knee-jerk reaction to get excited when I hear that song again. I can’t help it. :)

Claire July 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Let’s be honest. I still listen to Hanson. I was dubbed Sporty Spice in said basement Spice Girl re-creation because “she’s a swimmer so it makes sense.” But c’mon- I could totally be Baby Spice…with my brown hair and tomboy adolescent ways! This post seriously rocks- recipe too!

Ellen @ Cinnamonalicious July 22, 2011 at 1:39 am

Hahaha I was obsessed with the spice girls growing up!
And mmm bop is a CLASSIC!! My girlfriends & I always play stuff like that when we’re getting ready for a night out :) So fun!
Delicious looking burgers, I’ve been collecting veggie burger recipes lately, so I’ll be trying this out! :)

Denice July 22, 2011 at 4:17 am

Holly- These look almost as good as I think that you and your poor music taste rock! I too have from what my friends say is bad music taste, but I take it all in stride because I think my love for food, great beer and other bits of life’s wonderful things out weighs that. Have you heard of the Avett Brothers. They are my most recent love, and I would say that have a refined hippy/country/blue grass feel to them that would go perfect with your patties from tonight.

Gillian July 22, 2011 at 5:11 am

Hahah oh man, I wish I could dig up the photo of me dressed as Baby Spice. I was the biggest fan of Mmm Bop and my brother introduced me to the Spice Girls before they were big in North America and I went insane over them. I had the music video for their first big song on tape and watched it over and over and choreographed to it. I also had the DVD of their “biography”. Oh the joy this post brings me!

Kristie July 22, 2011 at 5:18 am

Well despite what someone said earlier about Sporty Spice being the worst one, I wanted to be her. I also took a jazz dance where for our final performance we danced to BSB & Spice Girls songs. <3

Jecka July 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

The first CD I ever purchased with my own money was TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool. In hindsight, that is one DIRTY CD and I can’t understand why my parents ever let me listen to it! Just look at the lyrics to “Red Light Special”! I didn’t know what I was singing about when I was 10 years old! lol The first CD I ever owned (my parents bought for me) was Boys II Men’s self-titled album, and the CD I purchased after TLC was Will Smith’s Big Willie Style… and I still love Will Smith… yum. ;)

Heather July 22, 2011 at 7:21 am

Lucy is such a good, yet sad, song! oh, Hanson…xoxoxoxxo

brandi July 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

Confession: My little sister and I were obsessed with Hanson. I totally thought I would marry Taylor when I grew up. We had a concert tape of them.

Also…we made a binder full of pictures and articles that we ripped out of Bop, Seventeen, and other teeny bopper magazines.

And we still have – and Listen – to their Christmas cd every year. It’s the best!

Britannie July 22, 2011 at 8:35 am

I was born in ’92, but I definitly caught on to the obsession of Hanson & the Spice Girls immediately! Lol I had movies of their concerts and I would pretend I was a fan in the crowd and wave the movie case at the TV like it was a giant sign..

And my neighbor friends made me be Scary Spice too, I feel your pain. Haha :D

Emma July 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

I think I came out of the womb a feminist. While I mildly enjoyed the likes of Hanson, I was way more into the Spice Girls and their message of GIRL POWER! Even at that age, though, I was little embarrassed by my love of pop music. Now, at the ripe old age of 26, I can appreciate the pop music of my youth for what it is: a good dance beat and a hell of a lot fun! Case in point: last Saturday night you could find me at Kansas City’s Sprint Center dancing in the back row for two hours to NKOTBSB (and Matthew Morrison opened with his sweet moves… swoon).

Sissy #1 July 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

I will never be released from being personally responsible for your crazy, will I? :) You should blame dad on this one for the fro. I was just being practical in my decision making: I had a short black dress from homecoming (aka Posh), Ali loved sports (aka Sporty), Jessi was sexual (aka Ginger) and you had a fro (aka Scary). It’s just plain sense :)

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I definitely bought the Spice Girls CD, too. Although, I wanted to be Ginger Spice. She had the sex appeal that the scrawny, bespectacled, stirrup pant wearing 12 year old that I was could only dream of. In fact, I think that’s probably why I dyed my hair red-ish in high school.

jeri July 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Lucy and Man from Milwaukee were/are my two fave Hanson songs…. so there’s that.

I was way more in to BSB than Hanson, but my two BFFs were OBSESSED. Naturally they were in love with Taylor and Zac so I was FORCED to doodle jeri + ike forever. Eew. Just eew.

Amy July 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I knew I had to start commenting on your posts when you put up this last one…Hanson was definitely my first CD. LOVED it! Totally agree with the other comments on here that MMM-BOP just incites a feeling of energy whenever it comes on (that one time…)! And Brandi, their Christmas CD is played at least once during the holidays every year at my house as well!

I am also TOTALLY a Target girl (worked there for a few years in high school, and met my future hubby when we were both working there!), but am ashamed to admit that we have visited Walmart out of necessity while living in Mexico City…no Target here and it’s such a bummer!

Love your website, and the recipes look amazing! Keep it up!

Kaleigh July 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I love this post :) And I totally admit that when Hanson came on at work the other day, I LOVED EVERY STINKIN’ MINUTE OF IT!!!! And don’t even get me started on ” zig a zig ahhhh….!”

Adam Deane July 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I am going to see Hanson in September… They were my first real concert, first real cd that I purchased as well, and still think they are one of the most talented bands! That seems to be enough confession for one day… YOU ARE THE BEST :D Can we chat soon, PLEEEASE?

Nikki July 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Mel B is the prettiest spice girl NOW. Have you seen her reality show? Ridiculous! But so pretty.

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want: to make a spice girls video in my parents basement 15 years ago. You are so cool.

Hillary July 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

One of the proudest days of my early adolescence was when I memorized Mel B’s rap in “If You Wanna Be My Lover.” I was on POINT.

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby July 24, 2011 at 7:50 am

WE ARE SO THE SAME PERSON! i was ALWAYS relegated to being scary spice (freckles, crazy sense of style even at age 7, and a curly white girl ‘fro)! gurl, i so feel you.

Sarah@The Flying ONION July 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

Bahahah…this post made me laugh. People have often accused me of having a bad taste in music, but I completely agree that a good taste in food overtrumps such silly accusations. ;)

LOVE the sound of these burgers! :D

jillian July 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

i made these with millet and oat bran (i’m out of quinoa and cornmeal!) and they turned out great. thanks!!! keep it comin! :)

Natalie July 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Ok, people used to tell me that the only reason I liked hanson was because I looked like hanson.
I still have my Hanson binder, complete with Be-Bop cut-outs, interviews and Tiger-Beat features.
You’re not alone Holly!

melissa July 26, 2011 at 1:50 am

I was absolutely certain that I was going to marry Zach Hanson when I was 10.

Definitely enjoyed and related to this post. :)

Kaitlin With Honey July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Hanson still IS my favorite band! What a fun surprise to see the title (and content, even though you sorrrrta dissed them) of this post!

Lauren July 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Hanson was my first concert… there, I said it :) And I also still love The Spice Girls! Spice World is still a great movie…. kind of scary that I admitted that

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