White Bean Bruschetta Burger

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White Bean Bruschetta Burger


White Bean Burger

First it was Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Years, Super Bowl Sunday, and Valentines Day……whewwww…………can you say food coma.

I am ready to give my body a break. Working as a Food Service Director for a school district, my focus daily is on nutritious, healthy meals…….at school I have that down pat!  At home, I do not practice what I preach, but I am going to give it a whirl. I will never be a vegetarian, or even a total health nut. I enjoy food to much to never have a brownie or a deep fried…….well a deep fried anything again………but I do want to try to make better choices on a regular basis. Biggest problem with that……TASTE. I will not eat sticks and grass….or things that taste like it in the name of healthy eating.

But, give me something tasty that’s good for you ……I’m there! At work I receive tons of recipes from all sources and it gives me inspiration for many of my recipes. Tim is a huge bean fan, me not so much, but I am willing to try new things. So when I saw a bean burger recipe I thought……. maybe????

So, I have always liked a pasta with white beans, rosemary, and tomatoes. Throw in some basil and parmesan cheese, add some garlic bread…….it’s dinner time. So, how to healthy it up? How about a bean burger, they make them from black beans all the time, so why not white beans, a little rosemary, a toasty ciabatta bun (whole grain), just a touch of mayo (lite), and a tasty topping  of bruschetta ( one of my personal favorite things). While I confess it is not the same as the pasta, it was really good. I feel like I have made progress………..

White Bean Burger Collage

 

White Bean Bruschetta Burger
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1-15oz can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-15oz can Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • ¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Ciabatta Rolls, split and toasted
  • Red Onion slices and leaf lettuce
  • Basil Mayo - see recipe
  • Bruschetta - see recipe
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine both beans, garlic, rosemary, and panko crumbs. Pulse until smooth. Add egg and pulse until combined. (If you do not have a food processor you can mash the beans with a potato masher or forks and add remaining ingredients.) Shape into 4 burgers.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook burgers until they are heated through and golden brown. They should reach an internal temperature of 145*.
  4. To assemble burgers, spread bottom of each bun with 2 teaspoons of the basil mayo. Place the burger on top of the mayo, add lettuce and onion slice, top with the bruschetta mixture and top of bun.

Basil Mayo
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mayo ( I prefer Miracle Whip)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Let set to blend flavors. Refrigerate any unused portions.

Bruschetta
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Ingredients
  • 4 small roma tomatoes, diced small
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons basil, minced
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Keep at room temperature until serving.Refrigerate any unused portions.

 

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Hamburger Soup

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Hamburger Soup


Hamburger Soup

After we posted the Poor Mans Lobster Recipe………..which I know you all will be making for Valentines Day, our conversation was still about the food we served at Waldo Stubbs.  It was such a large part of people’s lives, not only the place, but the food. Several readers ask if we had the recipe for Hamburger Soup, which was served every Wednesday along with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It was the most popular soup at the restaurant.

Well, we did not have the original recipe, but after much brain-storming, we think we have recreated the recipe. For those of you who remember the soup try it and let us know if we succeeded. If you have noooooo idea what we are talking about, just try it and you’ll know what all the fuss is/was about! Continue reading “Hamburger Soup”

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Lemon Pepper Chicken Panini

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Lemon Pepper Chicken Panini


Lemon Pepper Chicken Panini

 

This weeks “Date Night Dinner” is maybe more of a lunch, although I do like the ocassional sandwich for dinner. Sometimes you just don’t want a huge meal.

But if you are going to have a sandwich, and its going to be for dinner, it should be a really great sandwich, like a panini. I don’t remember the first panini I ever had but I think for the money they are by far the best thing since sliced bread……..ha, ha. I am not sure if its a rule or not but, a panini should always be on ciabatta bread. It is far and away the best……..

I am kinda the Queen of cleaning out the refrigerator. As I looked in it I saw that there were some lemons that needed to be used, a half a log of goat cheese, a container of mixed greens, a half an onion and half a loaf of ciabatta. Well lemon pepper marinade is always good with chicken. The goat cheese could be spread on the bread……….if I grilled the onions along with the chicken……hum………. now I was getting an idea……Panini! I could top it off with the mixed green after it was grilled. But it need a little something more so a Balsamic Drizzle was just the ticket. Serve it up with your favorite chips or a nice pasta salad or if our weather is any indicator…….brrrrrrrr……….. maybe a nice cup of soup. Continue reading “Lemon Pepper Chicken Panini”

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