Veggie Burgers & Yoghurt-Dill Dressing

Let’s be honest, veggies aren’t always at the top of everyone’s culinary lust list. When you’re thinking of indulgent meals many other things come to mind. Succulent steak, crisp bacon, and all things deep-fried. But the older I get, the more I realize that there are other options out there that make veggies more fun. Especially when my body craves them after a gluttonous Easter. Who’s with me?

My latest experiment? Veggie burgers! I recently discovered Wholly Veggie patties –and the options are endless. I’ve had these in salads, in wraps, and in this latest version, as a burger. And no, this isn’t a promoted post, it’s really how much I love them. Combine this with my tangy yoghurt-dill dressing, and you’ll be asking for seconds!

Ingredients (makes 4):

Burger & toppings:

1 box of Herby Garlic Greens Wholly Veggie patties (4 in one box)
4 leaves of red kale
1/2 red onion
4 slices Blue cheese
1 cup pickled parsnips

Dressing:

1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp finelly chopped dill
1/2 lime

Instructions:

Dressing:

1. In a medium bowl, combine the yoghurt with the mayonnaise and stir well.
2. Add the finely chopped garlic, followed by the dill. Stir until combined.
3. Finish off with the splash of lime.

Burger:

1. Toast the buns or grill them for extra crunch.
2. Grill your Wholly Veggie burger in a pan or on the BBQ, until you have some nice, golden-brown grill marks.
3. Start your layering with the red kale, followed by the parsnips.
4. Add the patty, then a slice of blue cheese.
5. Top off with a tablespoon of the sour cream dill dressing, and the red onion.
6. Sandwich all the good stuff with the top part of the bun, and bite in!

Do you have a favourite way to make veggies a more enjoyable part of your diet?

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Apple- Peanut Butter Bundles!

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We all get it — that mid-afternoon craving for something sweet. It comes, and never goes. Not until we often end up stuffing our face with chocolate, or cookies, or whatever else does the trick. But in all honesty, there are better options. So make yourself a healthier alternative instead. These apple-peanut butter bundles pack plenty of crunch, sweetness, and flavour–all without added sugar. Try them out!

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp plain, unsweetened peanut butter

1 Granny Smith apple

4 tsp muesli cereal

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Directions:

  1. Wash and slice the apple into 3/4 inch thick portions. Make sure that the centre and seeds have been removed.
  2. Spread enough peanut butter to generously cover each slice.
  3. Sprinkle the muesli cereal on top of the peanut butter.

Now all that’s left is for you to bite in, enjoy, and kick that sweet craving to the curb with a great snack.

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The Busy Girl’s Breakfast: Granola Parfait To Go

granolaparfaitModern-day schedules can get quite busy! With appointments, work, and endless to-do lists, it’s easy to overlook all else. But breakfast shouldn’t be one of them. It’s your fuel for what’s ahead, your energy boost, and the one meal you should avoid skipping.

So if you’re known to take shortcuts in the morning, try preparing your breakfast in advance and taking it to-go! You can pop it in your purse, and snack on it while on your way to work. All you need is a mini jar with a lid, 5 minutes, and these deliciously healthy ingredients:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup strawberries, diced

2 tbsp granola

3 tbsp vanilla Greek yoghurt

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Instructions:

1. Rinse and dice the strawberries.

2. Pour the yoghurt at the bottom of the jar. Layer the strawberries on top, followed by the granola.

3. Close the lid, pack a spoon, and you’re good to go!

What is you favourite type of breakfast? Fresh, fruity, sweet, or salty? How do you make sure to eat breakfast even on busy days? Comment below or tweet @ThePoshDish.

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Super-Seed Dark Chocolate Clusters

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We all get that chocolate craving once in a while. Wait, scratch the last part. It probably kicks in more often than we care to admit. But a better solution would be to swap that candy bar for something with a little less sugar, like these super-seed dark chocolate clusters.

They’re filled with nothing but natural ingredients and flavours. Sweet cranberries and savoury orange zest combine with the crunch of pumpkin and sunflower seeds to create a rich taste without the guilt! So try this simple, home-made recipe that is not only good for you, but also has the potential to impress even those with the pickiest sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 pack semi-sweet baker’s chocolate

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup unsalted, raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup toasted, salted sunflower seeds

1 orange, zest

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Instructions:

1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pot of boiling and steaming water.

3. Using a tablespoon, scoop the chocolate and place round drops onto the parchment paper.

4. Sprinkle the cranberries, orange zest, and seeds while the chocolate is still molten.

5. Cover with plastic wrap and stick into the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour, or until ready to snack on! Then simply remove, and enjoy.

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Artisan Asparagus Flatbread

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With hearty toppings, a warm crust, and the gooey goodness of cheese, pizza is everybody’s favourite! It’s also a food for every occasion –the perfect movie night companion, an ideal party starter, and the most reliable post-breakup buddy. Yep, pizza does it all. But as versatile and delicious as it is, you can’t indulge in it at every opportunity (even though your taste buds may say otherwise).

So when the craving kicks in, bake a delicious artisan asparagus flatbread instead. It’s a healthy alternative, free of all that dough and filled with green veggies.  This recipe takes minutes to make, and just seconds to eat. Can’t believe it? Give it a try:

Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus, ends removed

1 leek

1 ready-made flatbread

1/2 cup goat cheese

1 tbsp basil pesto

1/2 cup mozzarella

1 tsp salt

Red pepper flakes (optional)

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Instructions:

1. Sautee your washed and sliced leeks over medium heat until softened, and steam your asparagus until bright green.

2. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

3. Lay out your flatbread on a baking pan, and start layering the ingredients. Begin with a coat of basil pesto as your base, then the goat and mozarella cheeses, the leeks, finally followed by the asparagus. Sprinkle the salt on top.

4. Pop in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, take out, and let it cool before indulging.

If you’re one who can handle the heat, sprinkle a few red pepper flakes for an extra kick! They definitely add a nice layer of flavour to an otherwise mild recipe.

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Stay on Track with the Right Snack: Substitutes for Your Favourite Foods

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With the beginning of a new year, many people may resolve to eat better, healthier, and more nutritious foods. Of course, all goes well until one craving creeps up and threatens to spoil all that hard work and progress. So how do you stay on track? Well, you can start by being more selective with your snacks.

Instead of reaching for that sugary granola bar, or salt-loaded chips, there are healthier options to choose from. And that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavour! All of the alternatives below are just as tasty.

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1. Quinoa Chips: We all love Doritos, Cheetos, and the crunchy goodness of chips. But when you turn that bag around and take a look at the nutritional information, everything you munched on doesn’t seem to settle quite so well anymore. Fear not, there is something else you can eat that tastes great –quinoa chips. They’re so good you can’t even tell the difference, and are relatively low in fat and sugar. And it goes without saying, you’re getting the benefits of ancient grains.

2. Rice Cakes: Bread, baguettes, and buttery croissants may be a nice treat once in a while. And once in a while is key. If you like to have bread on the regular, and with almost every meal, then you may want to consider switching over to rice cakes instead. Choose organic, multigrain ones instead of the Quaker kind –with only 75 calories for 3 pieces and only 0.5 grams of fat, they are ideal for pairing with any kind of nut butter and fruit. Whole Foods or you local health food store should have them!

3. Hazelnut Butter: Nutella. If reading that made your heart beat faster, you’re not alone. We all love to eat it, until we’ve reached the bottom of the jar and the peak of regret. A great (and guilt-free) alternative is hazelnut butter. It’s unsweetened, but spread it on top of a rice cake, and drizzle it with a little honey or a few semi-sweet chocolate chips for a fantastic breakfast!

4. Banana Bites: If you’re in the mood for something sweet, stop yourself before devouring that chocolate bar. The coconut banana bites by Barnana are equally delicious, and help you get your serving of potassium. Not to mention, they’ll help kick that sweet tooth craving to the curb.

And there you have it, the best alternatives for your favourite foods and snacks! Have you tried any of these? Which did you like best? Do you have any other substitutes and alternatives to suggest? Leave your thoughts in the comment section or tweet @ThePoshDish!

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