Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Summers for me personally mean either using the grill a lot or eating things that are light and simple to put together. Nobody wants to slave over a hot stove or oven when temperatures are soaring, and there are much better ways to use your time after work than cleaning up after a big meal. For me sandwiches are the way to go as they are typically fast, easy to put together and have minimal clean up. They can also be easily wrapped up for a picnic or gathering! Here is one of my recent favorite summer sandwich options that I found on Pinterested and jazzed up, just to get everyone into that summery mood!
Things that have a * are changes that I made myself to the original recipe!
- 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed 1 lemon salt and pepper
- *garlic powder
- Whole-grain sandwich bread, toasted (as many pieces as you need for the number of sandwiches you are making)
- *1 tomato, core and sliced to desired thickness 1 avocado, quartered, peeled, and sliced thin
- freshly cleaned leaves of leaf lettuce, torn to fit the sandwich alfalfa sprouts
In a food processor, puree the beans until they’re completely smooth. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Here I added in a little bit of garlic powder for extra flavor, since I love garlic. Be careful not to add too much, however, or you will overpower the taste of the beans themselves. You can add any seasoning you like really, just be sure to taste as you season!
Toast your bed and then spread one side of each piece of bread with the bean mixture. I like mine thick, but you can use as much or as little as you desire! To your other slice of bred add slices of avocado, lettuce and tomato. The original recipe does not call for tomato, but you can add anything you like condiment wise. Any fresh veggies should do just fine, it's really up to you! Add your sprouts to the bean mixture, to hold them securely onto the sandwich and then put the two sides together! And there you have it, a delicious summer sandwich that is light, delicious, and easy to make!
*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.