Friday, 9 March 2012

Toasted Avocado Tomato Basil Sandwich

Yes We Can enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch! 

Taking this healthy eating lifestyle seriously, Scott and I had to really do some soul searching when it came to lunches.  Since we are both at home for lunch we have the freedom to make a delicious meal for two on the spot, rather than pack it up in a container for one to be eaten at a later time.  However we generally stuck to the rotating menu of Kraft Dinner (White or Yellow), canned items (alphaghetti, beans, soups), and grilled cheese. Followed by a dessert of cookies. Yeowzah it was good.

But really we found we were hungry by 3 or 4 as those items didn't have anything wholesome or good about them (because there's no way we were eating that weirdo healthy KD they have now!).  Breaking the mold was tricky to come up with some new ideas, and we are constantly searching for delicious sandwiches, soups and salads to fill us up mid day and get us through until dinner with minimal snacking.

Today I experienced a wonderful thing - Pin It and Do It.  That is right I actually pinned a great idea on Pinterest and then did it. This NEVER happens for me because if it did I would be up to my eyeballs in DIY projects, food and our home would be amazingly gorgeous.  For those of you who don't use Pinterest, it translates to finding a great recipe online, bookmarking it and then making it immediately.

Now of course I didn't have all the ingredients, so I improvised. The original inspiring recipe is here on this fabulous blog Kayotic Kitchen that I suggest you check out when you have the time! A mountain of great recipes.
Toasted Avocado Tomato Basil Sandwich


Portions are of course subject to how many sandwiches you are making!


Two slices of bread (I used WW)
Cheese (I would have chosen feta or mozzarella, but all we had was cheddar)
1/2 an Avocado
Tomato (your call on what kind, but try to use a variety that is less juicy)
Fresh Basil (if you don't have this... perhaps don't bother. Haha it really makes or breaks this sandwich)
Olive Oil

Tools used - knife, cutting board, cheese slicer, toaster. 


Easy Peasy. I could have made this sandwich in the time it took the bread to toast, except I was snapping pics left and right and emptying the dishwasher. Come on now, when the baby naps I am multitasking like a madwoman to achieve as much as possible. Blog material, delicious lunch, and dishes - Check!


Pop the bread into the toaster.

Cut your avocado in half, remove pit, use a big spoon to scoop out the flesh from the peel. Save half in a container with a bit of lime juice to avoid browning (but you're going to want to use it soonish!) and then slice the other half in thin pieces. 


Slice or grate cheese.  Cut tomato into small manageable bite size pieces. There is nothing I hate more than trying to bite through the tomato in a sandwich and failing because the entire tomato pulls out and sandwich becomes a mess. 

Wash basil leaves and slice into a descent sized piece. 


Toast is up! Brush some olive oil onto one side and assemble your sandwich. Slice in half and enjoy while it is still toasted and warm. 


I really enjoyed this simple and unsophisticated sandwich. Don't let the basil or avocado turn you off this recipe - they may not be your typical kitchen items but they are full of flavour and totally worth experimenting with! 

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