White Bean Bruschetta Burger

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………..

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White Bean Burger

White Bean Bruschetta Burger

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Burger
  • Method: cook
  • Cuisine: Amercian

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
  • 3/4 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, about 4 minutes per side until 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.

Keywords: garbanzo beans, northern beans, garlic, rosemary, panko crumbs, tomato, onion, burger, vegetarian

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White Bean Burger

Basil Mayo

  • Author: Marty Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayo ( I prefer Miracle Whip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients. Let set to blend flavors. Refrigerate any unused portions.
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White Bean Burger

Bruschetta

  • Author: Marty Boyd

Ingredients

  • 4 small roma tomatoes, diced small
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons basil, minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients. Keep at room temperature until serving.Refrigerate any unused portions.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and CheeseLobster Mac & Cheese

So, another Valentines Day has come and gone………We had a very lovely dinner of Lobster Mac and Cheese. I had been wanting to make this dish ever since I saw Ina Garten make it on the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network several years back.

Confession time………..1. I am a total Food Network Junkie. I have been hooked on it from day one……2. I want to be the Barefoot Contessa.There is something about Ina Garten and her show that inspires me each and every time I watch it.

I wanted to make something special for Tim for Valentines dinner. Our local supermarket had lobster on sale, and we both love mac & cheese……..sooooo an idea was born! Lobster Mac and Cheese!

Now, when I say we love mac & cheese you must realize that what I am really speaking of is, of course………the boxed velveta & shells…………I know, I know, processed, out of the box……..but even us recipe creating, chefy, food bloggers sometimes just need a day off. Nothing fancy, easy, and lets be honest it really tastes good!!!!!!

But this was not the time for that, and I could not mix real lobster into boxed mac & cheese. So it had to be made from scratch.I tweaked the recipe I found on Food Network and I must say, the result almost put the velveta to shame…….OK it did!!! Continue reading “Lobster Mac and Cheese”

Chocolate Raspberry Cookie

Chocolate Raspberry Cookie 

Chocolate Raspberry Cookie

Well………… how nice that ‘Date Night Dinner’ is the day before Valentine’s Day…………I made this cookie last weekend and allI can say is, delicious. It has some of my favorite things………chocolate, raspberries, almonds……….and more chocolate. Bonus, it only serves two, so no leftovers…….wait!!!!!……. maybe not a bonus. Anyway, it was super easy to make, tastes like it took a lot of effort, and I think it looks like a million bucks.

So after you have served your Poor Mans Lobster (shameless plug)…….impress your sweetie with this cookie……it’s meant to be shared……..pssst it doesn’t have to be Valentines Day to share this with your sweetie 😉  Continue reading “Chocolate Raspberry Cookie”