June 7, 2014

Open Face Avocado Sandwiches

by Marjan

If you already pictured white bread with avocado mashed in between, think again!


An avocado sandwich requires crunch, pop of flavor, and some zing to brighten up the creamy texture and taste of avocados. Outside of Mexico, San Diego California (specifically the area in which I reside) provides 95% of the world’s supply of avocados! So as you can imagine, we get really creative here in different ways to incorporate avocados outside of dips and slices placed inside of sandwiches.
This nutritious fruit (yes, fruit, not vegetable- just like tomatoes, I was surprised to learn!) is high in potassium, folic acid, vitamin K, and fiber. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin B6 and E.

Today for lunch, I wasn’t going to make it ordinary! I toasted some cooked gorgonzola beans, placed them on top of my avocado spread. Then I sprinkled on top goat cheese, variety of seeds, fresh herb and green onions. This is Omega-3,6,9 heaven! Can you taste the richness, comforting, flavors of this sandwich? Best part of all, absolutely no guilt. It does not get any healthier than this! Definitely gives you room to splurge on dessert!

Serves 2-4 (4 slices of bread)

½ cup cooked garbanzo beans
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon
4 slices of your favorite whole grain bread- toasted
2 Haas avocados- peeled, pitted and mashed with 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon each of flax seed, sunflower seed, and pumpkin seed
1 green onion- white part only thinly sliced
2 tablespoon freshly chopped basil or mint
1 teaspoon feta or goat cheese
Balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a small bowl, toss garbanzo beans with salt, freshly ground pepper, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Place on a cookie sheet and toast beans for 40-50 minutes until golden and crunchy. Remove and cool.

Cover toasted bread with mashed avocados. Sprinkle equal amounts of beans, seeds, onion, herbs and cheese on top of avocado spread. Crush black pepper on top or sprinkle with small splashed of balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy with a nice glass of freshly squeezed lemonade! Summer is just around the corner!

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