"Spring into Health Saturday" Recipe Kick-Off!

Today I'm kicking off my Spring into Health Saturday series. Every Saturday I'll be posting a spring-inspired recipe to keep you fit and healthy all the way to summer! Smoothies, salads, wraps, sandwiches, drinks and light desserts will speckle this series. So be sure and visit my every spring Saturday for the best and yummiest vegan recipes spring has to offer!

Sunshine Sandwich.
My first series recipe is a sandwich I very randomly created on Friday - it was the first above seventy degrees day here in NYC - and I wanted something that saluted the sunshine! Get my recipe..

Kitchen Sink Sandwich. This started out as a kitchen sink sandwich of sorts. I was craving a sandwich but really had nothing except some fresh spelt sandwich bread, a few oranges and a bunch of random pantry items. So I created this lovely bite and oh my was I impressed! I replaced the usual thick sliced onion or tomato with a thick slice of juicy navel orange. #winning (sorry, I had to..)

Why it's healthy:
The beans and seeds add fiber, protein and healthy fats - also from the tahini. The "Sunshine" brand veggie burger also adds protein. The citrus adds vitamin C and fiber as well. Plenty of healthy grains and fiber from the spelt bread - and a hint of healthy probiotics from the fermented sauerkraut. Get this sandwich on your plate!..

Sunshine Sandwich
makes one sandwich

2 slices spelt sandwich bread
1 Tbsp Vegenaise spread
1 thick slice navel orange (peeled)
2 Tbsp sunny bean spread (recipe below)
2 Tbsp sauerkraut
1 Sunshine Veggie Burger (optional - add more bean spread if not adding veggie burger)

Sunny Bean Spread
makes 2 cups

1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp raw pepitas
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
dash salt/pepper
dash garlic powder
splash apple cider vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp agave syrup
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (opt'l)


1. Prepare the bean spread by smashing all the ingredients together with a fork. Chill in fridge while you prepare the other ingredients. (you can chill longer if you'd like - and yes there will be leftover spread!)

2. Slice your orange and heat your veggie burger (I like to heat mine in the oven for 10 minutes).

3. Assemble your sandwich. Add the Vegenaise to your bread. Top with your orange and sauerkraut. Top with bean spread. Close. Slice Serve!

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