The Best Veggie Burgers

These Veggie Burgers are a home run. I crave more vegetarian foods in the summertime so this is the prefect time to try this burger recipe. I developed this recipe for my first cookbook 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, but it is the very first time that I’m sharing it online.

When I started testing veggie burger recipes, I tried a lot of ingredients to create the best base. These burgers start with bulgur, which is a staple used in the Middle East. Combine the bulgur with pinto beans, oats, grated carrots, soy sauce, cumin, Parmesan and remaining ingredients.

This recipe is simple to make. Often, I prepare these burgers ahead of time and reheat them prior to serving. My husband is such a meat guy, but he gave me the thumbs up on these. So, did the kids, so I’m considering these a huge win. I hope you enjoy them too.

If you need new burger recipe ideas, I have 39 burger recipes in this cookbook. This recipe is excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission. Photo by Colin Erricson.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps

If you like tabbouleh, you’ll be a fan of these Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a tiny grain, often called “super grain” because it’s rich in so many nutrients, particular protein and all nine essential amino acids. The most common color of quinoa is white, which is what I used in this recipe. If you’re looking for other options, red quinoa has a richer taste. Black quinoa has an early flavor. Rainbow quinoa is a mixture of red, white and black.

Usually tabbouleh seems time consuming to prepare, but this recipe only takes 35 minutes from start to finish. Start with cooked quinoa and add tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, fresh parsley, green onions,  fresh lemon juice, good olive oil, black pepper and stir. It is that easy. This recipe is perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner. It can also be completely gluten-free, using gluten-free tortilla wraps.

Feel free to half this recipe if you only are serving two people. If you make the entire recipe, the quinoa mixture is great as a healthy side. I like to eat one wrap and spoon the rest over mixed greens. Enjoy and have a great rest of your week! Alison

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.

 

Huevos Rancheros Wraps

Start your Cinco De Mayo off on the right foot today with a healthy and easy morning breakfast. My Huevos Rancheros Wraps are loaded with protein, vegetables and carbohydrates. This recipe is great for the kids and adults, with only 15 minutes of preparation time.

When I worked on my first cookbook 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, I wanted to the first chapter of the book to be a breakfast chapter. This was in 2011, when breakfast sandwiches were not very popular. I have twenty breakfast recipes in the breakfast chapter, and my publisher continues to tell me how much foresight I had. Nine years later, I’m still making these Huevos Rancheros Wraps.

Feel free to add or subtract ingredients from this recipe to make this your own. For example, substitute thawed frozen edamame beans for the black beans. Add corn and substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the cheddar cheese. If you don’t like black olives or onions, remove them. If you want to add additional protein, top these wraps off with plain nonfat Greek yogurt. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Have a great Tuesday and week ahead!

This recipe is from my book 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

 

Californian Sandwich Recipe

Californian Sandwich

We have been eating healthier than ever the past few weeks. This California Sandwich Recipe has been a go-to recipe. I have been making it often and occasionally altering it to create different variations. My kids and I have been doing a ton of outdoors exercise and at-home workouts. Because we are all focused on staying healthy, we take time every Sunday to discuss and curate our weekly menu.

After I wrote my cookbook, 400 Best Sandwiches Recipes, I was often asked in television and radio interviews which sandwich recipe was my favorite? It is extremely difficult to choose between 400 different sandwich recipes. This California Sandwich is in my top 5 favorites. I love the simplicity of the goat cheese spread combined with zucchini, squash, tomatoes, avocados and sprouts on this multigrain bread. If you can’t find alfalfa sprouts, I love using kale or broccoli sprouts, which are typically available in grocery stories. I also like to recommend adding fresh basil if you have some at home.

This sandwich is perfect for a spring or summertime lunch or dinner served with a tossed salad, corn salad and/or fresh fruit. I promise it is as good as it looks! If you’re interested in ordering a copy of my cookbook, click here.

Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches

With kids at home right now, I wanted to share a twist on the basic tuna sandwich. Make it fun by mixing and matching different types of bread to jazz up the kids’ sandwiches. These Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches are my healthier version using fresh lemon juice and white wine vinegar instead of mayonnaise. I also add freshly chopped basil or dill to mine if you have that at home or in your garden. This recipe is light, flavorful and a great new way to get the kids to eat more tuna. Let me know how your kids like it. Stay well!

This recipe is in my first internationally published cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose, Inc. If you’d like to purchase a copy, purchase here.

6 Healthier New Years Recipes

Pear Pecan Crostini

Healthier New Years recipes, yes it’s true! New Years Eve has snuck up on me this year, and I am still not sure of my New Years plans yet I typically make a really nice dinner at home with some wine and/or champagne, a great appetizer, entree and nice dessert. I have been working on some healthier New Years recipes this year as you’ll see below my developed recipes for SC Johnson,  Fitness Republic, Momspark and of course, Ingredients, Inc. starting with my Pear Pecan Crostini Recipe from Ingredients, Inc. Here are some of my top healthy lifestyle tips that I am going to try to stick to in 2016:

  1. Do not skip breakfast!
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Eat more color: more vegetables and fruits everyday in orange, green, yellow, purple, red and white
  4. Do more yoga
  5. Live in the moment and be more mindful.
  6. State gratitude: Write down or say to myself three things I am grateful for every day.
  7. Exercise including cardio and weight training
  8. Read more
  9. Step out of my comfort zone more often
  10. Keep on traveling

Leave a comment below and let me know what’s on your list?

Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch via Fitness Republic

New Years Good Luck Soup

New Years Good Luck Soup via momspark

New Years Lucky Dip

New Years Lucky Dip via Fitness Republic

Kale-and-Bacon-Dip

Warm Kale and Bacon Dip via Ingredients, Inc.

Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens

Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens via SC Johnson

Healthy Holiday Appetizer: Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini

If you’re looking for a simple holiday appetizer for Christmas or Hanukkah, look no further. These Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini are so fresh, pretty and easy to make. I am making these on television today for a  “healthy holiday appetizer” show on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama. You can find this recipe and 399 others in my latest cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose.

 

Kids Cook it Up: Sausage-Vegetable Pizza

My kids are already out of school for the summer, and they are so excited. They love having friends over, of course, and I like to ask them if they want to help out in the kitchen. My kids (and their friends) love being in the kitchen. It’s the center of our home. Most of their friends know that I’m a Recipe Developer and Cookbook Author and that I’m always taking pictures in the kitchen. We made these Sausage-Vegetable Pizzas the other day, and they had a blast. Making pizzas is a fun kid’s activity. I love to set up an array of toppings, and I let them create their own. Try this for an awesome summer activity.


Easy Pork Fajitas for Cinco De Mayo

It’s been a wild week in Alabama. So many heartbreaking stories and scenes of destruction just a mile or so away. We are very lucky even though it’s 6 days and no power. Work and life continues, and I’m headed to Nashville on Friday to be on Newschannel 5 “Talk of the Town” at 11 a.m doing a sandwich show for my new book “400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments”. Before I go, I thought I would leave you with one of the easiest recipes for Pork Fajitas. I like to use thinly sliced pork tenderloins that can be found at the grocery store. These are thin, healthy, low-fat and cook very quickly. Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

Classic Passover Mandel Bread

Every year my sister, Julie, and sister-in-law, Debby, make the best Mandel Bread for Passover. If you haven’t tried Mandel Bread before, it’s very similar to biscotti. It is a great Passover dessert, afternoon snack or perfect for breakfast served with coffee or tea. I will warn you that it is also super addictive, so once you start, you almost can’t stop eating it. You can make it with or without chocolate chips, but this version with lemon juice and almond extract is wonderful.