For all you busy cooks out there, it is possible to turn to quick sandwiches without feeding your family an unhealthy meal.  These sandwiches go together quickly and are far better than dropping by the fast food street in your neighborhood. These Blue Cheese Burgers, Crab Cake Sandwiches, or Chicken Fajita Pitas are sure to please your family.  With a tray of fresh veggies, you won't be destroying your family's nutrition by serving these from time to time! Need a dessert?  A piece of fresh fruit is quick and nutritious.

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BLUE CHEESE BURGERS 
1 beaten egg*
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs**
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/8 tsp pepper
dash of garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
6 hamburger buns, split*** 
olive oil

In a medium bowl combine the egg and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in the bread crumbs, mustard, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the ground beef and mix well. Divide the mixture into 12 patties about 1/4-inch thick. Place about 2 tablespoons of the blue cheese atop 6 of the patties. Spread to within 1/2-inch of edges. Top with remaining patties. Press meat around edges to seal well.

Place patties on a grill of medium-hot coals and grill for about 14-15 minutes, turning once during cooking.

To prepare buns, brush insides with olive oil. Place on grill to heat until toasted. Serve patties on buns with your choice of condiments.

You can make these burgers healthier by using:
*1/4 cup egg substitute
**whole-wheat bread crumbs
***whole-wheat buns


PARMESAN CHEESE CRAB CAKE SANDWICHES 
1 pkg (8-oz) crab delight flakes, rinsed and chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten*
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped green onion
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup canola oil
Bottled tartar sauce
8 toasted sourdough bread slices

In a medium bowl, mix together the crab flakes, Parmesan cheese, eggs, bell pepper, green onion, and Dijon mustard. Mix together well to combine and shape into 8 patties. Coat patties with the bread crumbs.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook approximately 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

To make into sandwiches spread tartar sauce on bread slices. Place two crab cakes on a bread slice and top with a second bread slice to make 4 double meat sandwiches. Cakes can also be eaten as an entree instead of sandwiches.

*Make healthier with 1/2 cup egg substitute instead of eggs.  Or use Omega-3 rich eggs.

CHICKEN FAJITA PITA 
4 pita pockets
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken
1 green bell pepper
1 tsp canola oil
1 tsp lime juice

Cut the chicken into strips. Core and seed the bell pepper and slice into thin strips.
In a large skillet, heat the canola oil. Add the chicken and lime juice to the skillet and stir-fry until the chicken in tender and cooked through. This will take about 8 minutes. Add the bell pepper strips and cook another 3 or 4 minutes, until the pepper is tender. Stuff the mixture into the pita pockets. Add some picante sauce or other garnish, if desired.