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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian, Sandwiches + Burgers

Mediterranean Mackerel Protein Wrap

THIS RECIPE IS SPONSORED BY KING OSCAR  | OPINIONS ARE MY OWN

Friends, this wrap is everything.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of canned tuna. For one, most canned tuna isn’t sustainable, and though there are sustainable options available, they’re priced to deter people from buying them. Secondly, tuna gets real boring real fast. Unless you drop a generous amount of mayo into your tuna salad — which kind of defeats the purpose of eating tuna for its health benefits — the stuff can often seem dry, tasteless, and downright hard to swallow.

Instead, picture this: tender North Atlantic mackerel marinated in buttery olive oil with garlic, herbs de Provence, red bell pepper, and sliced olives. Dreamy, huh? That’s exactly what you get when you pull the foil back on King Oscar’s Royal Fillets of Mediterranean-Style Mackerel — and that’s exactly what you get in this crave-worthy wrap.

Packed with a hearty lot of protein and a fair balance of carbs, this wholesome lunch option brings King Oscar’s tender and tasty Mediterranean-Style Mackerel Fillets to your plate with crisp veggies and a cooling mint yogurt sauce which, if needed, can be swapped for hummus or tzatziki. You do you.

As if all of that wasn’t enticing enough, King Oscar is big on sustainability and the health of our oceans! Their North Atlantic mackerel is considered a lower food chain forage species and doesn’t pose the same concerns as larger predatory Spanish and King mackerel varieties. Additionally, because mackerel reproduce and mature expeditiously, the species is resilient to fishing pressures and fishing methods (mostly purse seines) resulting in lower by-catch and environmental impact.

So tuna, take a back seat! Better yet, throw yourself in the trunk…

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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian, Salads, Sandwiches + Burgers

Greek Tuna Salad Collard Wrap

I’ve enjoyed tuna salad sandwiches my entire life. (Does that make me weird?) But growing up, it was the mayo that reeled me in. The creamier, the better. (Does that make me weirder?)

Disastrously, mayo has become a “sometimes” thing these days because in my 30s, my metabolic rate isn’t quite like it was in my teens; I can no longer eat 6 oz of cheese with crackers or run a train on a nacho platter at 11pm. (I mean, I want to, but you know… repercussions.)

But thanks to healthy gems like avocado and Greek yogurt, I’ve been able to recreate the creaminess I covet sans guilt. Plus, finding substitutions has also compelled me to play around with recipes. Little did I know, way back when, that a tuna sandwich could be much more than a jumble of mayo and scallions. There are umpteen ways to jazz up this good stuff, and this Greek spin is one of my faves.

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Food, Main Dishes, Sandwiches + Burgers, Vegetarian

White Bean Burger With Sesame Ginger Slaw + Gochujang Yogurt Spread

I’ve always been able to appreciate a classic burger stacked with the usual fixin’s — lettuce, tomato, a slice of melty cheese, etc. But there’s something about a burger that screams do crazy things to me! once in a while.

However, this burger wasn’t my Plan A; in fact, I can’t even say that it was my Plan B. This bad boy was a Plan C after two other failed attempts.

Plan A was to create a sweet potato burger — but not just any sweet potato burger, y’all. This was going to be an ube (purple sweet potato) burger with a glorious violet hue that would entice even the most carnivorous of people. Unfortunately there was some sort of tomfoolery at the supermarket that day, because what I grabbed from the “Purple Sweet Potato” bin was white when I cut into it (albeit very purple on the outside, I swear). DISAPPOINT. I’m pretty sure I yelled an obscenity or two, and I’m pretty sure some neighbors heard me (it’s been nice out, and I keep forgetting that I have the windows open).

Onto Plan B. I had white cannellini beans in my pantry, so I figured I could use those for a hearty plant-based burger. Not as pretty as a purple burger, but hopefully delicious all the same. I adapted a recipe from BHG, and it was plain AF. Flavorless. So then what?

Onto Plan C. Back in my meat-eating days, I had made up a stellar burger that I named the Bangkok Burger. The patty was made up of a beefy mix of soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hoisin sauce. I remember it being ridiculously flavorful and all kinds of swoon-worthy, so I brought that and smashed it into this white bean burger concept because, I *will* say, that cannellini beans make for one hell of a sturdy veg burger. There is no falling apart here; the only thing that will crumble is you, in a state of elation.

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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian, Sandwiches + Burgers

Spicy Wasabi Ginger Tuna Salad

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PLEASE REFER TO FISHWATCH FOR RELIABLE INFORMATION AND UPDATES ON SALMON + SUSTAINABILITY.

Canned tuna, though a staple in pantries across North America, is one of the most unsustainable types of fish. Greenpeace USA has a Tuna Shopping Guide that can help in acquiring sustainable canned tuna, which brands to avoid, etc. Please shop responsibly.


Well, I can’t say I ever thought I’d be blogging about a freaking tuna sandwich, but here I am.

In a recent conversation with friends, it was mentioned that coming up with exciting lunches to bring to work was an issue. Despite the fact that I work from home and have plenty options right in front of me, I couldn’t agree more.

For those who leave home to go to work, lunch prep is something to consider and let’s be real: lunch prep can be a huge drag. In fact, it deters most people from even bothering to bring their own lunch. 

On the flip side, for those working from home, you don’t need to worry so much about prep but it can be a struggle to decide when to step away from work and allow yourself some lunch at all. I’m constantly putting lunch off in order to finish tasks and, before I know it, I’m either too hungry to make an actual meal and resort to snacking or it’s 3:30pm and time to start contemplating dinner. #FirstWorldProblems, I know — but it’s a thing.

So, I’ve made it my mission to include more lunch friendly options on the blog and, as a result, I’m blogging about a flippin’ tuna sandwich. BUT IT’S AN EXCITING ONE. You might be thinking, “Whoa! Bold flavors, Batman!” Well, yes. But it’s a nice change from the usual tuna sandwich, so calm down.

It takes ten minutes to prepare and it will give you a healthy dose of protein to refuel you for the afternoon.

If you’re avoiding carbs, this tuna salad is fantastic on it’s own or stuffed into lettuce cups. In either of these cases, simply double the tuna mixture recipe.

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Breakfast + Brunch, Food, Sandwiches + Burgers, Vegetarian

Gourmet Veggie Sandwich

Gourmet Veggie SandwichOne of my biggest weaknesses has always been a nicely stacked sandwich and by being on a mostly plant-based diet, filling that craving can be a challenge! I’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of amazing ‘wiches–think Italian meats folded between focaccia bread, classic BLT clubs, gooey turkey melts–you name it. I mean, some days I see a fancy sandwich on Pinterest and I’m like, “Mmmmm, a prosciutto, arugula and provolone melt OH WAIT I CAN’T HAVE THAT.”

I can’t say I regret nixing the consumption of land animals though–this Gourmet Veggie Sandwich has been filling my stacked ‘wich cravings like a champ! Just look at the thing. LOOK AT IT.

A few weeks ago we hit up Beasley’s Chicken and Waffles in downtown Raleigh with my in-laws who were visiting from out of town and hankering for some good old fashioned Southern comfort. Now, I’m never one to complain about having limitations on menus due to my dietary restrictions; going pescetarian was my choice and no one else should have to suffer for it. I was, however, a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to find anything to eat at a chicken and waffles joint. But hey, worst-case scenario, I could just drink my lunch, right? Their beer list is quite nice after all 🙂

Although slightly relieved to see a veggie sandwich on their menu, I must admit, it sounded like a snore. I mean, how exciting could a veggie sandwich be, right? Again, especially in an establishment that caters to a crowd that is eager to leave clean bones behind…

But sweet Jesus! You couldn’t get a word out of me during lunch because I was too busy having a love affair with my ‘wich. It was perfection, and I mean that. Between two slices of toasted bread were tomatoes, sliced avocado, aged cheddar, mayo, and sprouts. And it was dee-lish. Well done, Beasley’s. Thanks for looking’ out for us nonmnivores.

Because I kept thinking about that sandwich well after lunch (and probably during dinner), I knew I had to come up with my own version and share it with the masses. I made a few alterations and I really, really like how it turned out. I used less cheese (not because I dislike a lot of cheese, but because I’ll be on a beach for a week in just over a month so, there’s that); I added some red onions, and I jazzed up the mayo by adding fresh lemon juice and a generous amount of cracked black pepper.

Anyway, I’ve said enough.

Without further adieu, here it is: my Gourmet Veggie Sandwich with Lemon and Cracked Black Pepper Mayo. UNF.

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