I thought it was getting colder, but then it was a balmy 20C yesterday. Soup time? No, it is sandwich time!
I don’t eat sandwiches very often.
I still drool over delicious sandwiches, though.
Including this one from Two Peas and their Pod.
Like a souped up guacamole, this combined both of my versions. Chunky like my pineapple and cucumber guacamole but ramped up with chickpeas like my edamame guacamole. Filled with fresh cilantro, a zip from green onions and citrus tang from lime, this worked really well.
You could use this as a dip with big crackers. Or slather it onto your next sandwich or wrap. Whatever you decide, you know it will be a tasty spread.
And about that bread? It is an interesting sourdough rye bread. You can actually store it unopened at room temperature for 6 months. Something about it being double-baked or something. I first tried it in Calgary, but recently spotted a few versions at a nearby health food store, Foods for Life. And you know what? Their tempeh is just as cheap ($3.59) as Tutti Fruiti!
There are a few reasons I don’t eat bread. One is because I don’t really like it. This bread was interesting, but not my favourite. It was merely a vector for the delicious filling. The best part was definitely in the middle!!
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich with Lime and Cilantro
Adapted from Two Peas and their Pod
2 cups cooked chickpeas, (rinsed and rained if canned), peeled if possible
1 large ripe avocado
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2-3 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Bread of your choice (I used a maple pumpernickle (sourdough rye) bread)
4-5 leaves of lettuce, torn (baby spinach would be great, too!)
1. In a medium bowl, gently mash the chickpeas and avocado together. Stir in the cilantro, green onion, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
2. Use the spread in your next sandwich with lettuce! Or wrap! Or scoop it up with some crackers. For guests, this is best made just prior to serving, before the avocado loses its brilliant green.
Spread makes 3-4 sandwiches, depending on additional ingredients.