Nearly every time I go to the store, I end up buying some fruits and vegetables I rarely eat. I convince myself I will come up with some fabulous way to prepare them, and thus incorporate more nutrition into our daily intake.
Does this ever happen to you? You think, “Oh! A cucumber! Well, I know I don’t really like cucumbers, but maybe the kids will? Or maybe I’ll just slice it onto salads… I can tolerate that.” So you buy the cucumber.
Three weeks later, you end up tossing it for questionable flimsiness… having never attempted to do anything with it.
I really do want to consume healthful food. I feel better when I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits (and fewer processed carbs). So… I’m trying to branch out by preparing, serving, and eating more fruits and vegetables. I want a little distance from our traditional can of green beans.
Some of the produce I have tried I buy for certain recipes, but rarely just eat. For me, avocados are one of these items. I usually buy avocados as a taco ingredient.
Until now, if they weren’t for tacos, I didn’t really know what to do with them.
On a grocery run not long ago, I bought an avocado thinking that I should try to incorporate into a sandwich. It sat on our counter until I began to wonder if it was really even any good anymore. But I had some sandwich fixings, so I cut the avocado open and went for scrumptious.
I dug through our kitchen hoping for a tomato to add to this, but none could be found. However, I did have some leftover tomato soup. The sandwich was delicious by itself, but it was heavenly dipped into tomato soup.
I realize that avocados are high in calories and fat, but it’s mostly healthy fat, and they have extensive nutrition benefits. I’m learning to not care as much how many calories I eat as long as I take in the right calories (well, most of the time). 😉
I see so many different types of recipes that use avocados. After making this scrumptious sandwich, I’m looking forward to experimenting more with this tasty ingredient. 🙂
Avocado Bacon Grilled Sandwich (makes one scrumptious sandwich)
- 2 slices of your favorite bread (I used whole wheat)
- two bread-sized slices of your favorite cheese (I used cheddar)
- 3 slices cooked bacon
- 3-5 slices honey ham
- 1/2 avocado, scooped from the skin and cut into slices (*see note)
- lime juice for drizzling (or half of a lime)
- butter or bacon grease, to spread on the bread
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and arrange the ham on it the way you’d like it on your sandwich. Fry the ham a little (1-2 minutes) on both sides.
- While the ham cooks, butter or grease both bread slices (one side only).
- Build your sandwich on the skillet: one bread slice (buttered side down), one slice of cheese, bacon, cooked ham, avocado slices, a light drizzle of lime juice, a sprinkle of pepper, another slice of cheese, the other bread slice (buttered side up).
- Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. (Be careful when flipping — the bacon and avocado may fall out. I used two spatulas to hold the sandwich together while flipping.)
- Serve hot, and preferably with tomato soup. 🙂
*Leave the avocado pit in the other half of your avocado, put it in a plastic bag in your fridge, and make another sandwich tomorrow!
May your day be scrumptious!