Category: sandwich

The WhatTheHellAreYouEating Sandwich (Avocado & Beans)


Sometimes, the best tasting foods are the messiest ugliest most aesthetically unappealing ones. Prime example: Sloppy Joes. Visually, Sloppy Joes resemble a bread bun that’s regurgitated a hamburger onto itself. And, living well up to their name, these babies will dribble down your chin, pour down your wrists, and splash all over your brand new cream coloured pants. But, there is a reason why these greasy, juicy open-face sandwiches continue to be a comfort food for North Americans – because they’re absolutely delicious!

Though I do often love a beautifully presented meal, lately I’ve had a tendency to just slop a bunch of stuff together and dig right in. My recent meal choices have often come hand in hand with my host family making funny faces at me and often uttering the phrase “what are you eating now?!” Today was no different. I decided that I wanted to eat some leftover beans for lunch, and I felt like they’d go well with some avocado.

Fajitas perhaps? No desire to clean a frying pan.
Burritos? No tortillas.
Makeshift-whatever’s-in-the-fridge-tex-mex sandwich? Done.

Super hearty. Super healthy. Super delicious.


Bean & Avocado Sandwich
original recipe by Allison Sklar

what you’ll need
note: quantities are for 1 sandwich. multiply to your liking.
two slices toasted bread (of your choice)
1 tbsp hummus
1 avocado
2 tbsp cup red kidney beans
1 tbsp chickpeas
2 tbsp corn kernels
1 tsp garlic powder
1 sprinkle salt
1 dash lime juice (optional)

how to do it
In a small bowl, mash avocado with garlic, salt and lime. Toss with beans, chickpeas and corn. Spread hot toast with hummus on both sides. Top each toast with avocado mixture. Garnish with sour cream and fresh sprouts. Eat open face.

Eat Your Veggies (and your burgers, too!)

Veggie burgers are not hamburger substitutes, I don’t care what any restaurant claims. You can fire grill it, BBQ it, smother it with ketchup until you can barely taste it, but in the end, it’s just not a beef patty. It’s a veggie patty. Now, to my knowledge, chicken burgers do not try to be beef burgers and broccoli doesn’t attempt to replace steak. So I must ask then, why do so many ground soy products strive to be “just like beef?” When I eat veggie burgers, I do so because I enjoy the burger itself. I do not eat them in order to replace a hamburger. If I wanted a hamburger, I’d eat a hamburger. A major factor that sent me on the path to vegetarianism was that I did not enjoy the taste nor the texture of meat – so why on earth would I want to eat a highly processed product that was masquerading around, pretending to be that demon that I tried so hard to avoid?

That being said, let me tell you something about veggie burgers – some of them, and I emphasize some, are really quite delicious. It’s when people begin to expect that their veggie burger should taste like meat that they are disappointed, and all possibilities of enjoyment are thrown out the window. The thing that makes veggie burgers fun is that there are so many different varieties that can be prepared.  My all time favorite vegetarian burger was one made of lentils. I feasted on this fantastic creation at a trendy comfort-chic spot in Montreal – a place where you can order a 20$ hamburger alongside a glass of Dom Perignon, all off of a menu that’s written on a chalkboard.
I really love this city.

Today, inspired by my “buy-nothing” week, a long and deep stare into my kitchen pantry brought me to the conclusion that I stock a lot of beans and legumes, but I rarely eat them. I decided it was time to change that. A little inspiration from the January issue of Chatelaine is allowing me to present to you, the superfantastic Pinto & Black Bean Burger! At about 150 calories each, chock full of fibre, and of course, filled with the antioxidant power of black beans, you’ll wonder how on earth something that is so good for you can be so delicious!

GLUTEN FREE NOTE: You can make this gluten free by omitting the breadcrumbs and substituting a few crushed gluten-free crackers instead. 

Two Bean Burger
adapted from Chatelaine magazine
what you’ll need
1/2 cup uncooked short pasta
1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 of a 540 mL can pinto beans, rinsed, drained and patted dry
1/2 of a 540 mL can black beans, rinsed, drained and patted dry
1/4 cup ketchup or bbq sauce, or both
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (more if batter is too sticky).
2 tbsp oil (for cooking)
how to do it
Cook pasta in until very soft, 15 min.  Drain cooked pasta and rinse under cold running water. Dry pasta with paper towels, soaking up as much water as possible. Place pasta, onion, pinto beans, ketchup, cilantro, garlic, juice and salt in a large food processor. Pulse until smooth. Stir in black beans and breadcrumbs. Shape into patties. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium. Add 1 tbsp oil, then 3 patties. Cook for 3 min, then flip patties and cook until firm, about 3 more min. Repeat with remaining oil and patties. Serve on a bun, or with a sauce or gravy on top!