Since I’ve reignited my clean eating objective to better my overall health and wellness, I’ve simultaneously rekindled my love for healthy food and I’ve been rediscovering some old favorites: things that I used to make and love, and somehow forgot about over the course of the last year or two. And now I’m bringing back some old standbys. One such standby is one of the easiest — and filling — ways to pack a lot of nutrition into one sandwich. Enter… the veggie sandwich! I’ve shared a veggie sandwich recipe with you before. What makes the veggie sandwich so fantastic and classic is that you can truly make a different sandwich with different nutritional values every time you make it. Instead of a boring ham and cheese sandwich, a veggie sandwich is versatile and interchangeable.
My most recent veggie sandwich adventure occurred last week. Our power had gone out the night before and we were forced to go out to dinner. As such, we landed at one of our favorite local establishments called Taza. Now Taza has phenomenal food, but one of their best items isn’t even on the menu — it’s in the bread basket. Taza is a Lebanese restaurant and brings pita to the table while patrons peruse the menu. The pita is served warm (and fluffy) and practically melts in your mouth when you take a bite. Normally I wouldn’t take home bread basket leftovers but believe me, these are no ordinary bread basket leftovers. And since we also had other leftovers, we brought the pita home.
The next day, as I was simultaneously declaring myself back on the clean eating bandwagon and purging my home of all unworthy food items, I was looking for something for lunch that would be healthy and filling. I spied with my little eye a bag of pita rounds on the counter that were calling my name and I decided to make a veggie sandwich.
This veggie sandwich is no ordinary veggie sandwich. And it might honestly be because the pita was so fresh and fantastic, but I do think it’s because of the layering technique as well. I highly recommend picking up some artisan pita or making your own to really get the full flavor of this sandwich. Enjoy!
The Best EVER Veggie Sandwich
- 1 pita, sliced in half
- 2 Tbsp hummus
- 6 slices zucchini
- 1/4 avocado, thin sliced
- 1/4 C kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 kale leaf, torn to fit the pita
- 4 slices of white onion, all rings intact
Slice open the pita, taking care not to puncture the top or bottom. Spread 1 tablespoon of hummus on one half, and 1 tablespoon of hummus on the other. Begin layering:
Layer zucchini slices on the bottom, followed by the avocado slices. Lay the kidney beans on top of the avocado. Finally put the kale on and then finally top with the onions. Place the other side of the pita back on top and voila — best EVER veggie sandwich!
Such a simple yet filling and delicious compilation of ingredients. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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