Welcome to “Paper Plate du Jour!” I’m new here to Circle of Food and this is my very first blog. As a culinary student, mother and grow-it-yourself kind of person living in a very rural area of Michigan; I wanted to let people who are new to vegetarian fare or are looking to incorporate more healthy choices into their lives know that it can be done without too much fuss. Most of the recipes in this blog will be made from products found at almost any local grocery chain. Thus, the metaphorical name. Quick, easy vegetarian – you can do it!
Today, I want to share one of my favorite “I’m so hungry I have to eat something NOW!” sandwiches. There are so many times I come home late after not eating all day. I’m not perfect. Instinct sets in and I want to eat the first thing that looks convenient. This sandwich came from one of those moments of ransacking the fridge in desperation. It is my “go to” sandwich to leave me sated. It’s so filling that I don’t usually eat anything else with it.
But avocado, really? Avocado is not just for guacamole anymore! Oddly, when I think of avocados, they remind me of chicken eggs. If you are familiar with egg salad sandwiches – or have kids who like them – this a great alternative for you. I enjoy toasted Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin sprouted grain bread for this sandwich because the sweetness and firmness goes well with the tangy taste of the honey mustard avocado mixture. If you are taking this to work, it travels and holds up well. It’s also a good way to coax younger children to try something new. Any type of firm bread will work fine.
The recipe calls for 1/2 avocado per sandwich. If you are making this sandwich for one, you will have the other half to do something else with. From my own experience, I like to use the rest of the avocado right away. Sure, guacamole for one is an option. But why not an avocado papaya kiwi banana facial mask for the skin? Indulge yourself a little – you are what you eat inside and out! I’ll include a link for the facial mask. If you don’t normally have papaya, you can check the web for avocado banana hair masks, too. Enjoy!
First, before I give you the recipe, you should know how to cut an avocado. That is why I included a picture of one cut in half. It might seem elementary, but not everyone is avocado savvy. Take the avocado and cut lengthwise in a continuous circle until you find where you began. Make sure you have cut deep enough to feel the large spherical pit. You should be able to part the two halves with your hands after you have made that cut. Sometimes, in avocados that are not fully ripe, you may have to coax them apart. If the avocado is ripe, you should be able to “squeeze” the pulp out in one motion. Not always! Use a spoon to loosen the pulp from the skin all the way around if it is not coming out easily. Discard the pit unless you are a seed saver.
Avocado Honey Mustard Tomato Sandwich
Yield: 1 sandwich
2 Pieces Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread
2 1/2 Tbl. Honey mustard
2 Slices Tomato
Toast the 2 pieces of cinnamon bread. After cutting and halving the avocado, place 1/2 of the avocado in a small bowl for mixing and mash to desired consistency. For a creamier mixture, mash thoroughly. Add the honey mustard and mix. Spread the mixture over each piece of toast. Place the slices of tomato on top of one of the toast pieces, then put the other half on top to form the sandwich.
Options: I have added minced celery and onion to the avocado mixture (similar to an egg salad) and used alfalfa sprouts on top of the tomato slices. Since sprouts have frequently been on recall – check first!
The avocado banana mask is one that I tried after seeing it on the television show “The Doctors.” I hate wasting anything, so it is the perfect solution to having 1/2 of an avocado. There is also kiwi and papaya in the mask. Papaya can be expensive, but it goes a long way. I will splurge on one now and again and eat it for breakfast, use it for the mask and dehydrate the rest for a sweet snack or in trail mix. Again, I’m sure you can look up plenty of ways to use the leftover avocado – or invite a friend for lunch and use the whole thing!
Here is a link to Pantry Spa, which has the face mask recipe from the television show: