Chickpea Salad Sandwich Without Mayo

Get out of your lunchtime rut and make packing lunches more exciting with this Chickpea Salad Sandwich. 

half of a chickpea salad sandwich on a cutting board

Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question.

I always pack my lunch for the next day the night before. If not, I’m typically running out the door and a Siggi’s yogurt, KIND bar, and a piece of fruit are just tossed in my bag on my way out. I don’t mind those “snacky” kind of lunches once in a while, but I’d prefer more of a meal kind of lunch.

Plant-Based Proteins:

This chickpea walnut sandwich is a plant-based tuna/chicken salad makeover. I always try and make sure protein is present at lunchtime to help keep me full through the afternoon. Chickpeas are the perfect pulse for this recipe because the firm texture holds its shape. The addition of the walnuts is key for the crunch factor, while also providing heart-healthy fats.

chickpea salad sandwich on rye bread with an apple

Are garbanzo beans the same as chickpeas?

Yes. Originally the name garbanzo bean came from the Spanish community and over time different cultures have referred to them as another name. Eventually, these beans came to be known as chickpeas to most people in the world today.

Are chickpeas lectins?

Yes, chickpeas are considered a legume, and all legumes contain lectin. Lectin, a protein, binds to carbs and is known to some as an anti-nutrient. This is somewhat a controversial concept, because people with stomach sensitives may see an effect, but most do not. Also, most foods containing lectin are high in antioxidants, so the good outweighs the bad. If you are concerned about lectins, know that once they are cooked, the lectin is deactivated.

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Ingredients for Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

  • chickpeas
  • walnuts
  • plain Greek yogurt – Greek yogurt is a great substitute for mayonnaise to trim back on saturated fat and replace it with a boost of protein and calcium instead.
  •  Dijon mustard
  •  honey
  • scallions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • whole wheat bread, toasted
  • (Optional) Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion

How to Make a Chickpea Salad Sandwich Without Mayo

Mash the chickpeas in a small bowl using a fork. Don’t over-mash, we aren’t making hummus!

Mix in the nuts, mustard, greek yogurt, honey, and scallions. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the chickpea salad on your bread to make the perfect sandwich. You can also add it on top of a salad, or dip with crackers – this chickpea walnut mixture is versatile to get you out of your lunchtime rut.

vegetarian chickpea salad sandwich on a cutting board

Should you rinse canned garbanzo beans?

You should and mainly it’s because the liquid contains a lot of unnecessary sodium which is why. most recommend draining and rinsing chickpeas before using.

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Chickpea Walnut Sandwich

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: sandwich

Ingredients

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  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • (Optional) Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion

Instructions

  1. Add chickpeas to a bowl and lightly mash with a fork. (Not too much. We aren’t making hummus!) Add walnuts, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, and scallions and mix together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Add a desired amount of the chickpea mixture to the bread and add desired toppings. Top with the other slice of bread.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker.

Keywords: sandwich, vegetarian, plant-based

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Beef Meatball Gyros

Beef Meatball Gyros have all of the traditional flavors and are topped with a homemade Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce that is better than any restaurant you have ever tasted! 

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Most of the time you probably don’t make gyros at home, because they seem a little complicated and they have to taste just right because you are comparing them to the best Greek takeout in town. 

Using ground beef and making a meatball gyro is so much easier and when you top it with my famous greek yogurt tzatziki sauce it’s even better! 

What Is Typically in a Gyro? 

Traditional gyros are made from shaved lamb, beef, a combination of both, and sometimes chicken. If you were to see a behind-the-scenes view of an authentic Greek restaurant you would probably notice the vertical rotisserie. Also if you have ever been to a fair, you know what i am talking about. 

The seasoned meat (it usually has a lot of herbs for the Greek flavor, heavy on the garlic) is served on a warm pita, topped with lettuce, onions, feta, and smothered in tzatziki. 

Why Use Ground Beef? 

Beef is an excellent source of protein, choline, iron, and other important vitamins that help our bodies stay healthy. 

According to the New York Beef Council, “On average, a 3 ounce serving of beef provides half (25grams) of the Daily Value for protein, which is one of the most satisfying nutrients.”

It’s also an affordable meat that can go a long way when feeding larger families depending on the dish you are making.

folding together the homemade beef gyro on a white plate

Ingredients Needed for Ground Beef Meatball Gyros 

panko breadcrumbs – no need to grab the seasoned kind just go with the plain

milk

lean ground beef

onion, grated

cloves of garlic

Egg

Spices: Italian parsley, cumin, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper

What You Need for Greek Yogurt Tzatziki:

plain Greek yogurt

English cucumber

garlic

olive oil

fresh dill

Salt and black pepper

fresh lemon juice

close up of a homemade meatball gyro with tzatziki and toppings

Making the Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce

Combine the Greek yogurt, cucumber, oil, spices, lemon juice, and cucumber into a small bowl. Taste, then adjust the seasonings as desired. 

Place it in the fridge covered until you are ready to serve. You can also make it ahead of time if needed. 

How to Make Homemade Gyros Using Ground Beef 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 

Stir together the plain breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes. 

Then add the ground beef, eggs, and spices. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix the ingredients together. You want each meatball to have a little taste of all of the ingredients. 

Pinch off small amounts of the beef mixture to make the meatballs or use a cookie or ice cream scoop for more precise measurement. 

Place the meatballs on a baking sheet leaving a little bit of room in between each one. 

Bake until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees which should take no more than 18 minutes. Sometimes the cooking time may vary based on the size of your gyro meatballs. 

Once they are ready, let them rest just a few minutes before making your gyro. 

close up of a meatball gyro on a flatbread garnished with parsley

Assembling the Perfect Meatball Gyro 

Combine the tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber in a small bowl and sprinkle with salt. 

Add a few meatballs in the center of each flatbread (warm these first if you would like). Then spoon on the greek yogurt tzatziki sauce down the center, top with the cucumber mixture. 

Add a little feta and chopped parsley, then wrap and serve! 

ground beef meatball gyro topped with feta and greek yogurt tzatziki sauce

Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftovers, store the meatballs, tzatziki, and cucumber mixture in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

It’s best to assemble when you are ready to serve so your bread doesn’t get soggy! 

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Beef Meatball Gyros

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

Beef Meatball Gyros have all of the traditional flavors and are topped with a homemade greek yogurt tzatziki sauce that is better than any restaurant you have ever tasted! 


Ingredients

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For the Tzatziki sauce:

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup English cucumber, grated, pat dry with a paper towel

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Gyro Meatballs:

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

¼ cup milk

1 pound 93% lean ground beef

½ small onion, grated

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large egg, beaten

2 tablespoons flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon dried thyme

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

To assemble:

1 cup English cucumber, finely diced

1 cup tomatoes, finely diced

1/2 cup red onion, finely diced

4 Flatbreads, likely toasted, if desired

Feta Cheese (optional)

Parsley for garnish (optional)


Instructions

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, dill, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. Adjust to taste. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

For the gyro meatballs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the panko breadcrumbs and milk. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, parsley, cumin, oregano, thyme, salt, and black pepper. With a wooden spoon (I prefer to use my hands!) mix until ingredients are evenly dispersed through the meat mixture.
  4. Form small meatballs, by using a small ice-cream scoop or eye-ball measurements, and place on the backing sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-18 minutes or internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. (Cook time will vary depending on the size of your meatballs.)
  6. Allow meatballs to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

 

To assemble:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion. Sprinkle with salt.
  2. Place a few meatballs down the center of each flatbread. Spoon a generous amount of Tzatziki sauce down the center next to the meatballs and top with a heaping spoonful of the tomato and cucumber mixture. Garnish with feta cheese and chopped parsley, if desired. Wrap up and enjoy!

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Salmon Burgers with Lemon Dill Horseradish Sauce

Rethink the classic burger with a seafood twist. Add these salmon burgers, made with Norweigan salmon, with lemon dill horseradish sauce to your menu rotation.

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One perk of COVID-19 (always trying to find the positive) is that people are cooking more at home. The downside, we don’t necessarily have access to certain ingredients and are limiting grocery store trips.

Being strategic when grocery shopping and relying on pantry staples is key. Here in New Jersey, there are limits on amounts of certain proteins like chicken and eggs. At the grocery store, there is a whole department dedicated just to seafood. Don’t skip it!

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Salmon is one of the most popular species consumed. With the high demand, the safest and most efficient way to feed the population is with farm-raised salmon. Norway is the world leader in the production of ocean-farmed sustainable salmon.

Understanding aquaculture

Aquaculture provides safeguarding to the environment and fish stocks for the future is the only way its aquaculture industry can remain sustainable. Sustainability has been one of the main objectives of the Norwegian fishing industry, and they are committed to producing seafood in a safe, controlled, and sustainable manner with strict regulations.

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Seafood from Norway

In Norway, salmon farmers monitor fish conditions carefully, control the salmon’s feed, and keep parasites out. This farmed environment helps resist disease. In Norway, farm-raised salmon live in their natural habitat and have plenty of room to swim. One of the myths about salmon farming is that the fish lives in crowded pens. The fact is, Norwegian salmon has plenty of space to grow as the pen holds 97.5% water and just 2.5% fish. Their pens are designed to ensure optimal growth and living conditions for the dish. Norwegian aquaculture industry sets the standard for high-quality, safe, and sustainably farmed salmon.

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Salmon Burger with Lemon Dill Horseradish Sauce

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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1 1/2 lbs salmon fillets skin and bones removed, chopped
3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
canola oil for frying (can also use olive oil)

Yogurt-Dill Sauce:
1 cup plain full-fat yogurt
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup dill, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons) and zested (about 1 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon horseradish

To serve:
Brioche buns
Butter lettuce


Instructions

  1. In a food processor add salmon. Pulse a few times until the salmon breaks down into small pieces. (Tip: Pulse a few times vs. running the food processor)
  2. In a large bowl, combine salmon, breadcrumbs, egg, dill, salt, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Mix well, but make sure to not overwork the mixture. Shape into 6 burgers.
  3. For the yogurt-dill sauce: In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, mustard, dill, lemon juice, lemon zest, and horseradish. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add salmon burgers and cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 145 F.
  5. To serve: Place a few pieces of butter lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, top with a burger, and a generous dollop of the yogurt-dill sauce.

Keywords: salmon, salmon burger, burger, seafood, omega3, heart healthy

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FAQ

Can I freeze these salmon burgers?

Yes! Form the salmon into patties. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (so they don’t freeze to the pan!) and freeze until solid. Once frozen, wrap each individually with plastic wrap, then foil, then store in a freezer bag removing as much air as possible.

Can I grill these salmon burgers?

Yes, of course! I like using a cast-iron skillet to get a good sear, but grilling works great too! Tip for if you decide to grill – After forming the patties, refrigerate them for 10-20 minutes so they firm up a little to prevent them from falling apart on the grill.

How else can I use the salmon burgers?

These salmon burgers as leftovers are delicious! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add to leafy greens
  • Crumble and scramble with eggs
  • Chop and add to a wrap
  • Serve with a sunny side egg on top

What else can I use the lemon dill horseradish sauce with?

Utilize this sauce any way you would utilize any other condiments! This pairs well with many foods.

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Confetti Turkey Burgers

Fire up the grill! It’s time to make Confetti Turkey Burgers. Learn how to keep a turkey burger juicy and the pros and cons of different kinds of grills.

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It’s officially grilling season! Grilling is a healthy cooking technique. This cooking method exposes food to direct heat, leaving grilled food evenly charred on the outside and juicy in the inside. It is also a lower-fat cooking method because the fat will drip from the grill grates. Grilling can be for meats, vegetables, and fruit. Have you ever had grilled pineapple? It’s delicious!

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So often I hear complaints that turkey burgers are dry and chewy because they are very lean. Indeed, ground turkey breast is very lean with only 1% fat. Knowing that, how can we add more flavors, more moisture, and even stretch your dollar? Veggies!

Finely chopping veggies and incorporating them into the ground turkey will help keep the burger moist and tender. When cooked the water content from the vegetables is released, leaving you with a juicy burger.

Plus, by bulking up the ground turkey with veggies, it creates more burger patties, significantly stretching your dollar. One pound of ground meat often serves four, but with adding veggies it stretches it to six servings.

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The Difference Between Charcoal and Gas Grills

Charcoal Grills

They provide a more distinct smoky flavor along with that amazing backyard aroma. It’s such a tease when I’m running through the neighborhood and all I smell are my neighbors grilling. Scented wood chips or charcoal will bring the additional flavor. However, charcoal can be a little messy and sometimes tricky to regulate the temperature

Gas Grills

Just turn on a switch and your gas grill is fired up and ready to go. You are able to easily regulate the temperature and often gas grills have different settings that you can easily regulate areas of the grill at different temperatures. You won’t really get that smoky flavor, but you are able to cook various items on the grill at the same.

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I call these confetti burgers because there are flecks of colors throughout the burger patty. The key is finely chopping vegetables so they evenly disperse throughout the patty. Play around with different veggies that you like. I always aim to add at least three different colors into the mix.

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Confetti Turkey Burgers

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The best turkey burgers! The secret to preventing the burgers from drying out is the added veggies!


Ingredients

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  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill. Prep all the vegetables, and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add the ground turkey, feta cheese, flaxseed, egg, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix together until all ingredients are incorporated together. Form into 6 patties.
  4. Grill each side for about 5-7 minutes (or bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes), or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  5. Put on top of a whole wheat bun and with your favorite healthy toppings.

Keywords: turkey burger, burger, dinner

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The Ultimate PB&J

Calling all PB&J lovers – this recipe is for you! Turn a classic into something new and exciting, like this Ultimate PB&J.
The Ultimate PB&J via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenI lived off PB&J growing up. It is so quick and easy to make, plus portable. This month The Recipe ReDux challenged members to cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. 99% of the time, my kitchen will never be without peanut butter, bananas, bread, and chia seeds. They are staples.
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I was craving a classic PB&J this weekend, but with this challenge, I wasn’t just going to slather peanut butter and jelly on bread and call it a recipe, so I decided to add a little culinary twist to this classic for this RR challenge.

For a good PB&J (or any sandwich), make sure to start with hearty whole grain bread. Next, comes my favorite part, the peanut butter! I ran out of one of my favorites, Betsy’s Best, so I made my own version by mixing natural peanut butter with cinnamon and chia seeds. Then, topped with bruleed bananas, strawberries, and chopped peanuts, I’d say this is definitely gourmet compared your standard PB&J.

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The Ultimate PB&J

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

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  • 2 slices whole grain bread, lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 banana, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Place bananas in pan and cook until golden brown.
  3. On one slice of bread, spread the peanut butter. Top with the cooked bananas, strawberry slices, and chopped peanuts. Place other slice of bread on top and enjoy!

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B.A.L.T. – Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich

A classic B.L.T. with a little twist! Adding the “A” (avocado) and a creamy spread takes this average BLT up a notch. Don’t skip out on quality ingredients when you assemble this sandwich.
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Have you seen the new Sabra spreads hit the shelves at your local grocery store? I was excited when Sabra sent me all three flavors to experiment with in the kitchen. The flavors are honey mustard, garlic herb, and sea salt and cracked pepper. I had so many recipe ideas running through my head. These spreads will definitely be making an appearance here in the future. With these fresh ingredients and flavors the new Sabra spreads will become a staple condiment in my refrigerator.
BALT - Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenWhen it comes to a BLT, you need quality ingredients. I decided just a BLT just wouldn’t suffice and needed a little extra flavor. I turned it into a B.A.L.T. with slices of avocado. I love sandwiches when you can really taste all ingredients in every layer.


To build your perfect B.A.L.T. you have to start out with quality bread. I like a hearty whole wheat bread. Next, comes the bacon. Not all bacon is created equally. Look for pork shoulder bacon, it is a much leaner choice. Pork shoulder comes from a leaner part of the pig (the shoulder) which contains less fat than pork belly, which majority of bacon comes from. Then comes the avocado. You can mash it. I decided to keep it as slices. Whatever you like best! The lettuce I chose was a Boston bib lettuce. The leaves are tender. If you prefer more of a crunch, go for romaine. Of course, this jersey girl has to choose a juicy plump jersey tomato sliced on top.

The part that ties it all together is the Sabra spread. This is a much healthier choice than adding mayo as a condiment. The new Sabra spreads contain 75% less fat than mayo and are convenient for sandwiches now that it is in a squeeze bottle. Of course you can add any of the new flavors, but I wanted to keep it in the simple side and added the sea salt and cracked black pepper.
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B.A.L.T. – Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

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  • 2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt and cracked pepper Sabra spread
  • 2 slices pork shoulder bacon, cooked
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup lettuce
  • 12 slices tomato

Instructions

  1. Prepare all of your ingredients.
  2. Spread Sabra spread on one slice of bread. Layer bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato. Top with remaining slice of bread. Enjoy!

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Mediterranean Hummus Wraps

Kick up the flavor and feel good about eating these Mediterranean Hummus Wraps at your next tailgate party. 

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In the fall, football lovers Sunday’s are dedicated to football. There is always a rivalry on Sunday (or Thursday and Mondays – so much football!) in my house. I am a big NY Giants fan and Adrian is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan. But we have one big thing in common.. we don’t like the Dallas Cowboys. We have gone to a few Giants/Eagles game together which has been fun, but always at Metlife stadium (where the giants play, if ya didn’t know). When you are on Giants turf and you’re wearing Eagles gear you will get taunted haha!
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This year Adrian and I are playing in a survivor pool. Pick a different winner of one pro football game each week. Win, and live to pick again the next week. Lose, and you are eliminated. We are hanging in there so far. We picked the Jets this week to win. Cross your fingers for us! The pool started with 30+. Now there are only 15 people left.

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With football viewing comes snacks. Dating a dietitian is a good guarantee that healthy snacks be included. Typical football grub like wings, creamy dips, pizza, etc. which can leave you feeling weighed down. Many of those food are heavy with saturated fats.
I’m going a little Mediterranean with this recipe to trim back on saturated fats and include heart healthy unsaturated fats instead. Sabra is the Official Dips Sponsor of the NFL which is fitting that hummus is our power player for this recipe. With its combination of chickpeas, sesame seeds (tahini) and healthy fats, hummus can be part of an eating pattern for health, including the well established Mediterranean diet.
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Nine out of 10 Americans don’t eat enough vegetables each day, including nutrient-rich beans. Sabra is encouraging everyone #TwoSpoons of hummus a day. Just two spoonfuls a day will fulfill your bean recommendation for the week. How easy is that? Hummus can be versatile in your kitchen. Enjoy simply as dip for veggies, use as a spread in place of mayo, use to make a creamy dressing, or even to thicken soups in place of cream.

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Mediterranean Hummus Wraps

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

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  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 small eggplant, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Sabra roasted pine nut hummus
  • 1/4 cup pitted katamala olive, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 4 whole wheat wraps

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. On a large baking sheet, add the red bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, mixing occasionally.
  3. On each wrap, add 2 tbsp of hummus. Layer the roasted vegetables, katamala olives, and feta cheese. Roll up and cut into 4 pieces. 2 pieces per serving.

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Ultimate Chicken Avocado Grilled Cheese

It’s the continuation of avocado week here at RDelicious Kitchen. The California Avocado Commission is the sponsoring a recipe contest through Recipe Redux challenging members to create the perfect summer get-together dish using California Avocados.
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Ultimate Chicken Avocado Grilled Cheese
Makes 1 sandwich

 

Ingredients:
2 slices whole wheat bread
2 ounces cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 slices of tomato
1/4 avocado
1 tbsp light ranch dressing

Directions:
1. Lightly toast the bread. (This is my secret for a perfectly crisp grilled cheese without using butter on the bread. Helps cut back on saturated fat.)
2. Mash the avocado with the ranch dressing.
3. Put a pan over medium heat. Layer the avocado and ranch mixture, tomato, chicken, and cheese between the bread.
4. Place the grilled cheese in the pan and push down on one side with a spatula.
5. Cook until each side is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
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(nutrition facts based on using myfitnesspal)
 

 

Enjoy!

 

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