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.