Veggielicious Sandwich

Usually I blog about all the fun things I make for my family and even more so, what I make for my kiddos. However, I decided that it's all about me today! I am a vegetable lover! So much that I could probably be a vegetarian if it weren't for my family. Because I enjoy veggies so much and winter is becoming so long, I am growing tired of the stews, pot roasts and casseroles that fill our winter months. I have been craving some fresh veggies that we typically enjoy during the summer months. So the other day I stepped out of our typical winter palate and went shopping for fresh veggies to create a very yummy, satisfying and healthy sandwich. Is it summer yet? If you're looking for a boost in your vitamins and nutrients, this sandwich will get you there, not to mention all the protein and fiber!

Enjoy a little piece of summer!

- Mandi

"Veggielicious" Sandwich!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Neufchatel cheese (light cream cheese)
  • Bagel flats or deli flats
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Orange bell pepper
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced black olives
  • Whole cherry tomatoes
  • Whole black olives

Directions

Combine first 2 ingredients; chill 2 hours. To make sandwiches, spread cheese mixture on both halves of the bagel flats; use plenty. Begin with a handful of sunflower seeds on bottom half; layer remaining ingredients. Top with remaining bagel half; garnish with whole cherry tomato and black olive; secure with a toothpick.

Tips and Hints

  • I would have loved sprouts on this sandwich but our local grocer was out.
  • The large slicing tomatoes that we have available don't look great at this time of year so I improvised with cherry tomatoes. They were not only delicious, but working with the smaller pieces made it easier for assembling my sandwich.
  • If you dislike any of the veggies above, replace them with something else or just eliminate; there's plenty of variety to chose from.
  • If you were like me a few years ago, you've maybe never eaten an avocado and don't know where to start. Avocados are ripe when they take on a darker, almost black appearance and they are slightly soft. Simply cut all the way around with a sharp knife (there's a pit in the middle). Then grab both halves, pull and twist at the same time. If you squeeze just a little on the half that has the pit, it'll pop right out. Then simply grab a spoon and scoop out the soft "fruit." It has the texture of soft cheese and can be sliced.
    • If you need a quick way to ripen your avocado, place it in a paper bag with apples and close the top.
  • Leftover spread can be used on more sandwiches, or on toasted bread. It's delicious.
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