Italian Spinach-Grilled Hamburger Chili & Open-Faced Sandwiches for Two

Italian Sandwich

made from spinach-grilled hamburgers and organic herbs


You’ll need the following four fresh herbs (a list I’ve described by their flavors) for this Italian-style open-faced sandwich.

  • basil – has a sweet peppery, minty flavor
  • cilantro – has a flavor similar to celery and mint mixed
  • fennel – tastes like black licorice
  • rosemary – a sweet minty flavor

Nutritional Values and Uses for Basil

Basil is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, iron, and calcium. Did you know that basil can be used as a body deodorizer and in a bath as a calming effect along with Himalayan Pink or Epsom Salt? Of course, this herb tastes excellent in Mediterranean and Italian dishes.

Cilantro, Great for Salsa 

Cilantro can be grown just for the leaves or left to grow taller until it results in seeds, called coriander. Cilantro is best known for making salsa so flavorful. This herb is a good source in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and provides health benefits

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While on a farmers’ market shopping trip this spring, I was standing at a table (after I had already done my shopping and my) and kept smelling a wonderful aroma. I recognized it, but it took me a minute to figure out what it was. Glancing at the table of herbs, vegetables, and fruit in front of me, I saw it. Cilantro – $1. Unable to resist it, I picked one bunch of it up and dug in my handbag for the last cash I had with me – $1. I inhaled its aroma and couldn’t wait to get it home and put it in a salsa recipe. It’s a good thing cilantro doesn’t weight much because my shopping bag on rollers was already crammed full.

Is fennel an herb, or is it a vegetable?

What are the benefits to adding fennel to your recipes? Explore more about this green feathery perennial, and try out this recipe.

Fennel Benefits:

Fennel is from the carrot family and is somewhat like celery but with a licorice-like flavor. It is known as a root vegetable but also is

Fennel is from the carrot family and is somewhat like celery but with a licorice-like flavor. It is known as a root vegetable but also is an herb and is high in Vitamin C and fiber. It’s good for bone strength, can help skin health and can help lower blood pressure.

Rosemary, Amazing Bread-Dipping Ingredient

Cooking with Herbs

Rosemary, like the other herbs used in Italian Grilled Hamburger Pasta, is a good source of vitamins and minerals and includes health benefits as well. It’s a wonderful culinary ingredient used in Mediterranean-flavored dishes, such as rosemary and balsamic oil for dipping bread in.

I love to go to farmers’ markets and shop for organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Something about those delicate looking feathery herbs, like fennel and cilantro, intrigue me.

First of all, it could be because I’ve grown my own kitchen garden and enjoy using the fresh herbs in my recipes.

Secondly, I’m fascinated with how nutritious herbs are, and I love the multiple uses for them. And to think that there are so many of them is mindboggling. For instance, look at this list (very small compared to the number of all the herbs there must be):

  1. fennel
  2. cilantro
  3. rosemary
  4. lavender
  5. lemon balm
  6. lovage
  7. mint
  8. stevia
  9. marjoram
  10. thyme
  11. basil
  12. yarrow

I’ll stop at those twelve herbs, most of which I’ve cooked or made hot tea with. I can’t say I’ve been successful growing all of these. One I haven’t planted before is yarrow. Yarrow is pretty, easy to care for, used in salves and teas to help with allergies and skin rashes and itching. Learn more on how to make herbal salves, teas, and more from the book The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies. You can purchase organic yarrow herb in bulk.

Yarrow grows in zones 3 through 9. My friend and avid gardener, Karen, grows it in her flower garden. Her yarrow comes back every year looking bright, huge, and gorgeous.

Have you ever used lovage? It tastes like celery. No need to use salt. Add lovage to your recipes instead.

I even tried growing stevia. It made it for awhile then gave up.

Try the Italian Spinach-Grilled Hamburger Chili and sandwich for two, and enjoy the flavor of added organic fresh herbs. Use leftover spinach-grilled barbecued hamburgers flavored with applewood seasoning.

Italian food, sandwiches
Grilled Hamburger Pasta Sandwiches








Italian Spinach-Grilled Hamburger Chili & Open-Faced Sandwiches for Two

Enjoy this herb-vegetable rich Italian grilled hamburger open-faced sandwich recipe.


  • 1 can Del Monte Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup natural steak liquid/gravy
  • 2 each fennel leaves
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 red potato, diced
  • 3 each BBQ grilled hamburger patties
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach for the grilled hamburgers
  • barbecue sauce for basting the grilled hamburgers
  • 4 teaspoons applewood seasoning seasoning for the grilled hamburgers


  1. Saute herbs and vegetables in Coconut oil and butter on an electric griddle.

  2. Crumble grilled hamburger patties into small to medium chunks, and heat up with herbs and vegetables on griddle.

  3. When hamburger, herbs, and vegetables are done, put them into a slow cooker.

  4. Add pasta sauce and leftover steak gravy to the mixture in the slow cooker, and stir well.

  5. If you do not have the steak gravy, add 1/2 cup water to the mixture.

  6. All the herbs, vegetables, and hamburger were heated up/cooked on the griddle and only have to be cooked a short time in the slow cooker.

  7. Cook it on low for two hours if you're not in a hurry for dinner, or cook it on high for 30 minutes to one hour if you want dinner sooner.

  8. If you're in a big hurry to eat, heat up a bowl of the Italian pasta in the microwave.

  9. Toast bread, and pour the Italian meat pasta over the bread, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is two in one. The grilled hamburgers are first seasoned with the applewood seasoning. Chopped spinach is then mixed in with the seasoned hamburger. Baste the hamburgers with barbecue sauce when grilling. Use the leftover crumbled hamburgers in the Italian Spinach-Grilled Hamburger Chili.

Grilled hamburgers can be saved for delicious leftover recipes like the open-faced sandwiches (which tasted REALLY good!). How about using them, crumbled in chunks similar to meatballs, for pizza? Actually, this recipe reminded me of a pasta with meatballs. Or, have a grilled hamburger/meatball Po-Boy.

I’ve made grilled hamburger leftovers for breakfast recipes (YUM). Of course, leftover grilled hamburgers taste great heated up on a hamburger bun or with no bread at all. Great protein, by the way.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and would love it if you come back for another visit soon!

Slow Cooker Baked Chicken & a Chicken Avocado Sandwich Snack for Two

Make a Sandwich from a Slow Cooker Baked Chicken

Bake a chicken in your slow cooker. Then see how many meals you can get out of it. Start with a nutritious chicken and avocado sandwich. Enjoy the whole sandwich yourself, or cut it in half it and share a snack with someone.

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Chicken Sandwich & Apple

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Snacks and Lunches with Cheese for Two

Cheese and Meatless

Lunches & Snacks

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Want to save money on menu planning this spring and summer but prefer nutritious choices? As the days become warmer and the temperatures rise, light lunches seem more appetizing than heavier and meatier entrees. Start planning your summer recipes now. Try these summer cheese ideas for healthy snacks and small meals.

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Veggie Inspired Recipes

February is filled with dip, snack, and dessert recipes galore for Super Bowl get-togethers and Valentine’s Day. But what about after those two most popular occasions? After all those snacks and sweets, veggies sound very appetizing.

Too many snacks and desserts can pack on the pounds quickly. I’ve been choosing more protein meals, cutting back on meat (although I love it), and increasing vegetable and fruit intake.

Veggies for Breakfast

This morning I started off with a veggie-packed three-egg omelet. Too many eggs? Perhaps not. My husband met a professional truck driver who feeds his pet macaw a four-egg omelet for breakfast. I had the opportunity of speaking with the macaw’s owner. His pet bird, Muggsy, likes veggies and eats them daily. If such a bird can stay healthy with that many eggs included in its diet, I think I can, too.

You can use any vegetables you like for your omelet. I like to try a variety of vegetables when cooking omelets. Spinach, carrots, onions, and cilantro are some of my favorites. When I make the spinach ones, I load the spinach on because it seems to melt away when cooking. I only use a few carrots, and in this recipe, I used two small carrots about the size of this one:

carrots for breakfast
Small Carrot

Egg and Veggie Omelet

Egg and Veggie Omelet

Veggie & Cheese Omelet


  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Sweet Onion
  • 2 Small Carrots
  • Cilantro (to taste)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese


  1. Chop pepper, onion, and cilantro.
  2. Slice carrots into thin pieces.
  3. Melt coconut oil on griddle.
  4. Add eggs when vegetables have cooked until they are no longer crunchy.
  5. Stir eggs and vegetables.
  6. When eggs are done (soft but not runny), add cheese slices on top.
  7. Fold over one half of egg and vegetable mixture to form the omelet.
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Veggie for Dinner

Start your day off with the veggie-omelet recipe and end it with another veggie recipe, Cucumber Sandwich. A friend told me how much she loves cucumber sandwiches. I purchased the cucumber but then found out that cream cheese goes in the recipe.

Back to the store, I bought cream cheese and one more item that looked good – raisin bread. I don’t remember how long it has been since I ate raisin bread. Muggsy likes raisin bread. When I saw the bread at the store, I couldn’t resist. Want to guess what I used it for? A Raisin Bread Cucumber Sandwich.

Veggie & Cream Cheese Sandwich
Raisin Bread Cucumber Sandwich

Raisin Bread Cucumber Sandwich

2 Slices raisin bread

1/2 Cucumber

1/3 Block cream cheese

Salt & Pepper

Put cream cheese in a microwave-safe container. Set the microwave on defrost long enough to soften the cream cheese. Mix the cream cheese and cucumber together. Add salt and pepper. Toast the bread, and make add the cucumber mixture (good on Ritz crackers, too) for a very tasty sandwich.

Ritz Cracker Snacks
Cucumber & Cream Cheese Ritz Snacking

I loved hearing about Muggsy eating veggies, raisin bread, and the other foods he likes. That shows you how we feel cravings just at the mention of food.



St. Patrick’s Day Chicken Salad – Good for Any Day

Today a sweet friend surprised me with an Irish dinner at my door! I’ve had vertigo for nearly two weeks, and she cooked enough for her family and me. The meal included corned beef, Irish potato, and carrots. She apologized for not bringing the cabbage, but it was still cooking at home. I was thrilled to be treated so kindly, cabbage or no cabbage.

I love the Irish Reuben sandwich, but I actually had planned to make a chicken salad sandwich (the corned beef dinner has me craving the Reuben sandwich now). Having cooked a pot of garlic-seasoned chicken breasts ahead of time, I made chicken salad yesterday for lunch. A blogger gal friend, my hubby, and I finished it off. Not a problem, though. There was still plenty of chicken to make more.

Chicken salad surely should be included for healthy chicken Irish recipes I think. It’s a comfort food for me as well. Dealing with vertigo counts for needing comfort! My mother loved making chicken salad for sandwiches, and I think of her every time I make it.

Something about chicken suggests comfort. When I feel under the weather, it seems natural to cook a meal with chicken. Mother once sent some hot creamed chicken soup and crackers with my brother for me when he picked my daughter and me up at the airport. I had been ill. She believed chicken soup made everything better. The trip to the airport was an hour and a half, but she had wrapped a towel around the bowl of soup and placed it on a tray. It actually stayed very warm.

Feeling under the weather is a phrase started because of seasick passengers that headed under the deck of ships during stormy weather. Vertigo is about like being seasick. Interestingly, mine started on a plane.

Mother passed away in 2008, but I still feel comforted when I think of the touching things she did like sending that soup. A Mother’s touch and caring ways are never forgotten.

Tomorrow I’ll make more of the chicken salad like I had for lunch yesterday. It’s a good one, and I’ll share it with you.

Kitchen Hospitality Chicken Salad Recipe
Chicken Salad for a Picnic Lunch
St. Patrick’s Day Chicken Salad – Good for Any Day
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Angie with
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Serves: 3
A garlic chicken salad recipe
  • Garlic Seasoning
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 1/3 Large Sweet Onion
  • 3 Boiled Eggs
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Whole Grain Bread
  1. Season a package of chicken breasts with garlic seasoning of your choice (I used two garlic seasonings blended).
  2. Boil chicken ahead of time (about 40 minutes) and put in frig when cooled.
  3. The next day take out one or two of the pre-cooked chicken breasts.
  4. Shred chicken and place in a bowl.
  5. Add about a cup of mayonnaise, a cup of pickle relish chopped eggs and chopped onion.
  6. Mix together.
  7. Serve with a large spoonful of chicken salad on one side of bread slice.
  8. Put one or two large lettuce pieces on top of salad, then spread another spoonful of chicken salad on a second slice of bread.
  9. Put both together for a full sandwich, or serve open-faced style with an extra dollop of chicken salad on top of each piece of lettuce.

Comfort a family member or friend with the Garlic Chicken Salad recipe. You’ll make someone feel better, and that someone will remember you for your thoughtfulness.


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