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Full-color Wholesome Stack Build

 
 

Craft a delicious and nutritious burger or sandwich with this versatile template. Perfect for any meal, this guide helps you mix and match breads, proteins, vegetables, spreads, and toppings to create a satisfying and balanced stack that caters to your tastes and dietary preferences.

Base Ingredients:

Bread (Choose 1-2, 2-4 slices or buns):
  • Whole wheat bread

  • Multigrain bread

  • Sourdough bread

  • Gluten-free bread

  • Whole wheat buns

  • Ciabatta rolls

Proteins (Choose 1-2, 1-2 cups total):
  • Veggie patties: black bean, lentil, chickpea, mushroom

  • Tofu, sliced and grilled

  • Tempeh, sliced and grilled

  • Paneer, sliced and grilled

  • Hard-boiled eggs, sliced

Vegetables (Choose 3-4, 1-2 cups total):
  • Leafy greens: spinach, arugula, lettuce, kale

  • Sliced tomatoes

  • Sliced cucumbers

  • Sliced bell peppers

  • Sliced red onions

  • Avocado slices

  • Pickles or fermented vegetables

Spreads (Choose 1-2, 2-4 tablespoons total):
  • Hummus

  • Guacamole

  • Greek yogurt spread

  • Tahini

  • Nut butter (for a unique twist)

  • Pesto

Toppings (Choose 2-3, 1/4-1/2 cup total):
  • Cheese: feta, mozzarella, cheddar, vegan cheese

  • Nuts: sliced almonds, walnuts

  • Seeds: chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds

  • Fresh herbs: cilantro, basil, parsley

  • Sprouts: alfalfa, bean

Flavor Enhancers (Optional, Choose 1-2, 1-2 teaspoons each):
  • Fresh herbs: cilantro, parsley, basil

  • Spices: cumin, paprika, black pepper

  • Aromatics: garlic, ginger, green onions

  • Citrus juice: lemon or lime juice

Sauces (Optional, Choose 1, 1/4-1/2 cup total):
  • Tomato ketchup

  • Mustard

  • BBQ sauce

  • Hot sauce

  • Aioli (vegan or regular)

Method of Preparation:

  1. Prepare Bread:

    • Toast your chosen bread or buns lightly if desired.

  2. Prepare Proteins:

    • Cook veggie patties, tofu, tempeh, or paneer slices until golden brown and heated through. For hard-boiled eggs, peel and slice them.

  3. Prepare Vegetables:

    • Wash and slice the chosen vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

  4. Assemble the Stack:

    • Bottom Layer:

      • Spread a layer of your chosen spread on the bottom slice of bread or bun.

    • Middle Layers:

      • Add a layer of leafy greens, followed by your chosen protein. Add sliced vegetables, followed by cheese if using. Continue layering with additional vegetables and protein as desired.

    • Top Layer:

      • Spread another layer of your chosen spread on the top slice of bread or bun.

  5. Add Toppings and Flavor Enhancers:

    • Sprinkle with nuts, seeds, and fresh herbs. Drizzle with citrus juice or add a dash of spices for extra flavor.

  6. Finish with Sauce:

    • Add your chosen sauce over the top layer for extra flavor and moisture.

  7. Serve:

    • Place the top slice of bread or bun on the stack. Secure with a toothpick if needed. Serve immediately with a side of your choice.

Nutritional Profile:

  • Bread: Provides fiber and complex carbohydrates.

  • Proteins: Add plant-based protein and essential nutrients.

  • Vegetables: Provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

  • Spreads: Enhance flavor and add healthy fats.

  • Toppings: Boost nutritional value with additional vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.

  • Flavor Enhancers and Sauces: Add depth of flavor and additional nutrients.

Considerations:

  • For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free bread or buns.

  • For a vegan option, use plant-based spreads and omit cheese or use vegan cheese.

  • Customize the stack with seasonal vegetables and personal flavor preferences.


 

This template allows for endless combinations of burgers and sandwiches, ensuring you can enjoy a different flavor every time.

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