Lunch has never been my favorite meal. Don’t get me wrong: I love sandwiches and salads as much as the next person, and when I was still working I counted down the minutes until my 12 o’clock lunch break. But I think that it’s easy to fall into a monotonous lunch routine, eating the same types of food over and over again for weeks on end.
In my case, it was a sandwich on whole wheat bread with hummus, tomato, spinach, cucumber, and cheese. I quickly became known as the “brown bag girl” at work, because everyone would watch me retrieve my lunch at noon and carry it back to my desk.
Needless to say, I’ve been taking a much-needed hiatus from hummus.
Now that I have the time and freedom to create whatever I want for lunch, I’ve turned to recipes I’ve been eyeing on different food blogs. It turns out that many people have the same dilemma as me, and one of my favorite blogs, Honest Fare, featured an interesting sandwich I had never heard of before. It combined thinly sliced cucumbers, golden delicious apples, avocado, goat cheese, and radishes…All things I love individually, but have never seen piled on top of one another on a sandwich. The picture looked good enough to eat, though, so I took a chance on the recipe.
I was not disappointed. The slight sweetness of the apple perfectly balanced the tangy-ness of the goat cheese, and the cucumbers and radish gave the sandwich the right amount of crunch. I sprinkled sea salt and freshly ground on top of the sandwich, which brought out the flavor of the avocado and tied all the individual elements together.
I savored every bite of this sandwich, and was almost sad to see it disappear. I’m glad I found a new, healthy alternative to my traditional lunchtime fare.
My New Favorite Lunchtime Sandwich (from Honest Fare)
2 slices toasted bread (I used whole wheat)
1 avocado, sliced into cubes
1 tsp lemon juice
goat cheese crumbles
1-2 radishes, thinly sliced
1/3 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 golden delicious apple, thinly sliced
freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste
Add cubed avocado and lemon juice to bowl, and lightly mix/mash with a fork. Toast bread. Add avocado to top of toasted bread, and then layer cucumber and golden apple slices on top. Finish by layering with slices of radish. Sprinkle with goat cheese, and add sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
This sandwich looks delicious! I agree soo much with this: “when I was still working I counted down the minutes until my 12 o’clock lunch break. But I think that it’s easy to fall into a monotonous lunch routine, eating the same types of food over and over again for weeks on end.”
I was a brown bag lunch girl too! Sometimes I would get so lazy, I would just pack chopped up veggies and fruits: a little dish of carrot sticks, a cup of blueberries and sliced strawberries, buttered toast with cheese, a few cubes of chocolate. That was my staple for a couple of weeks lool. I just didn’t have the time or energy to concoct sandwiches or mixtures with the ingredients in the fridge, so I just ate them individually. It can be hard to get motivated to prepare a decent lunch! You have to be in the mood. Definitely going to keep this recipe in mind for a later date though! I actually planted radishes in the garden this year, but the bunnies nibbled them all up before I could get to them lol
Spinach too- but they devoured that the very next day! Apparently you have to plant marigolds around bunnies’ favorite foods sot hey won’t eat them. We have plenty of tomatoes and cucumbers in the garden though, so I can use those fresh ingredients! 🙂 We even have a lemon tree, but that doesn’t bear fruit until later in the year