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Grilled Veggie Pesto Panini

Veggie Pesto Panini - Just the TipThis sandwich is a favorite in our house. It’s a great option for a vegetarian meal that still feels substantial. Just grill up your veggies of choice (I did zucchini, onions, and roasted red pepper, but eggplant would be a great addition/ substitution), layer on some pesto and provolone cheese. Use a panini press (I used my beloved Griddler) or a pan with heavy pan on top of the sandwich to press down until the sandwich is pressed and crispy and the cheese has melted.

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Salt and Vinegar Crusted Oven-Fried Fish Sandwiches with Old Bay Mayo

IMG_4331I wish this picture properly portrayed how AWESOME these sandwiches are. I’ve been craving fish and chips lately but wanted it to be slightly healthier if I was going to make it at home. Fresh, thick pieces of cod coated in crushed salt and vinegar chips and baked until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Slather a roll (whole wheat for health!) with mayo seasoned with old bay and go to town.

And, yes, I realize that instead of frying (to be healthier), I just coated it in already fried things (chips), but it’s the kind of girl math that works for me.

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Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

IMG_4312This was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to see how little work I could actually do to make something so incredibly yummy. Seriously – the only thing you have to do is season a huge hunk of pork and toss it in the slow cooker with some garlic, onions and maybe some fennel if you’re feeling fancy. Cook on low for 10 hours, which to me is the perfect length of time for a slow-cooker recipe because that’s how long I am usually out of the house on a work day. What’s up with those 4-hour slow-cooker recipes? If I could slow-cook something in 4 hours, then I could real-cook that same thing in probably 30-45 minutes, which would probably be less work in the planning department. I digress. This pork is amazing and will be the only way I make pulled pork in the future. I served it on some whole wheat buns with some greek yogurt coleslaw on top. YUM.

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Salsa Verde Turkey Burgers with Avocado Aioli

Oh, this burger. The avocado aioli! The melty pepperjack! The cilantro! The moist (sorry) turkey! All of the things. Favorited.

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Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

I realized yesterday that all of the meals I planned for this week were vegetarian – totally unintentionally. Well, not 100% unintentional, I suppose. I have been trying to eat less meat, especially since poultry has begun to ick me out. I even briefly considered doing a full-on 2-week vegan experiment for kicks, but, alas, cheese won out in that debate. My real goal for this week’s meal plan (a process on which I intend to do a separate post) was to cut the grocery budget a bit, and cutting meat is the best way to do that.

This black bean and quinoa burger appealed to me as soon as I saw it in its reincarnated form as quesadillas on foodgawker. I love the idea of “round 2″ recipes, especially since I have less and less desire to spend an hour in the kitchen at the end of a long day.

We both really enjoyed the burgers, but since I didn’t change much about the recipe, I hesitate to post it here. BUT, then I remembered the original purpose of this blog for me – to document recipes that I would like to make again. These burgers definitely fit in that category. We served them on toasted english muffins (probably my favorite sandwich vehicle) with some cilantro-lime mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato. Avocado and sriracha would have been nice additions too.

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Reuben Sandwich

I made corned beef for the first time this weekend in honor of both St. Patrick’s Day and of my Irish boyfriend. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the end result (Italian girl), but, to be fair, I think it’s because I overcooked it and it was a little dry. But, I was SO happy when the leftovers turned out to be fantastic in this sandwich. More than fantastic — comfort food at its crispy, buttery finest.

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Sage-Scented Veal Burgers with Fontina and Honeyed Squash Rings

Ok, so, I’m a total hypocrite. I politely turned down some beautiful imported foie gras on Christmas Eve due to “philosophical objections”….meanwhile I had this veal burger on my menu plan for a week. I’m not exactly ‘pro-veal’, but I eat it a few times a year. Also, have I mentioned how much I love cows? I do. Life is hard. BUT, this burger is SO GOOD, and dare I say, worth the guilt. The acorn squash drizzled with honey was amazing on this burger, which tastes like a giant, tender meatball covered in cheese.
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Egg Salad Sandwiches

Everyone has their favorite recipe for egg salad, and this is mine. It’s a little healthier than the traditional — substituting greek yogurt for most of the mayo and cutting out a few of the egg yolks. This is my perfect egg salad.

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Logan County Cheeseburgers

Holy comfort food. This is essentially a patty melt, and it’s awesome. This recipe comes from Katie Lee, Billy Joel’s ex. This means nothing to me, outside of the fact that I first learned about her earlier this week while watching RR’s talk show (no judgment). I loved her calm, warm personality, and was actually thinking about picking up her cook book, The Comfort Table. Unknowingly, I had printed this recipe of hers back over the winter, and it was delicious! Pretty much a grilled cheese with a burger inside, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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New England Lobster Rolls

I’m new to the world of lobster. Growing up, I never really cared for it, but now, I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about. I still don’t think I could ever cook a live lobster myself though — too brutal. I bought two lobsters at the grocery store and they kindly steamed them for me. It’s a little disheartening to learn that most of the meat on a lobster lives in only a couple of small places — the claws, knuckles, and, my favorite part, the tail. Go at those areas with a hammer or a nutcracker and get your money’s worth.

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Spicy Pork and Chorizo Burgers with Green Chile Mayo

Giant delicious burger. That’s all you need to know.

Oh, and the mayo is the best part so don’t skip that!

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Fish Naanwiches

You know you’re kinda into food when the first thing you think when you wake up to go to work is pickling red onions for tonight’s fish sandwiches. And then, of course, there is your partner’s reaction to you cooking at 7am on Tuesday morning, which just reifies my mother’s loving – yet kinda mean ;) – statement about being in a relationship with me… “it takes a special person…”  Yup, it does. And it just so happens that I am with a person of that description, so I am a-ok with it :D

So….I am pretty certain at this point that I could close my eyes, randomly select something from my newest blog crush Five and Spice, and it would instantly become my new favorite thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this ahhhmazing egg sandwich, which I am totally indebted to her for.  This fish sandwich is no exception. It sounds humble enough, but the flavor profile is just lovely. I have to say that the 7am pickled onions were the best part — do not skip those! They were technically meant to be made overnight, but this worked just fine, too.  Enjoy!

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Southwest Turkey Burgers

Since I had some extra ground turkey leftover from my indian pizza, I decided I would make some turkey burgers. I wanted to try something new other than my go to turkey burger recipe, and I had all of these ingredients in the house — big score after a long week.  These burgers were easy, super flavorful, and packed a nice bite.

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Steak Sandwiches

“Steak Sandwiches” is probably a bit of an understatement. This is a steak sandwich. The steak sandwich, even. Seared flank steak surrounded by a spicy and sweet mixture of onions, cubanelles, roasted reds, and jalapeno, covered in a blanket of provolone cheese.

Yes, please.

Oh, and then, top it with some chopped bacon, for good measure. :)

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Beef Burgers with Pimiento Cheese Sauce

I have been eyeballing this burger all week. With all of it’s beefy, cheesy, fried eggy glory. But, as you can see, this burger is sans egg. As you might imagine from the amount of eggs you see here, I’m drawn to pretty much anything that features a runny egg, which the original recipe for this burger in fact did.  But the strangest thing happened — neither B or I were feeling the egg. Weird.

Also, we used grass-fed ground beef for this recipe. This was my first time cooking with grass-fed beef, and the texture and flavor was definitely different than grain-fed. Not better or worse, just different — closer to the texture of actual steak.

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Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

I am in love with this tzatziki sauce. I seriously can (and do) eat it straight from the bowl. If you’re unfamiliar, tzatziki is a cold sauce made out of greek yogurt, cucumbers, and other amazingness. It’s super great on sandwiches (like this one), fish, or as a dip, or straight up.

Also, this turkey burger is amazing. Seriously. Maybe my favorite yet. Get yourself the regular ground turkey, not the breast — it makes all the difference in the world.

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Cuban Sandwiches

Since I work a little later on Thursdays, I thought a slow cooker meal would be a great idea. I’ve been wanting to make pernil for a while (Puerto Rican roast pork shoulder) and I love the idea of cooking it in a slow cooker. We planned on just eating the meat for one meal, and then using the leftovers for cubanos, but we couldn’t wait.

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Avocado and Sardine Toasts

This is SO up my alley. I adore fat and this is chock-full of healthy and delicious fat. Yesterday, hypnotized by Jennifer Hudson’s airbrushing weight loss ads, I paid for a 3-month membership to a diet plan that hates fat. I am of course regretting this, so now I rebel.  Diet schmiet.

And if you’ve never had sardines, don’t fear — they’re very similar (though a bit richer) to tuna.

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French Dip Sandwiches

When it’s been in the 20s all week, come Friday I want some comfort food. For me, this usually means carbs of some variety, so I thought I’d make one of my favorite sandwiches for us. Roast beef covered in melted provolone on garlic bread. TGIF.

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Favorite Turkey Burgers

Martha calls this the “favorite turkey burger”. I have to say, it was delicious! And since I always have these ingredients around, it’s a great go-to. I served these with some ridiculous sweet potato skins (recipe soon!) and a green salad. Yum.

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