Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Creative and Resourceful Lunch Idea | Family Economics
I’m often asked, “How do you keep coming up with ideas and recipes for inexpensive, but delicious meals?” My response is, “I’m extremely resourceful with the ingredients that I’ve purchased for the lowest price at the grocery store.”
A large part of creating $5 meals and inexpensive breakfasts and lunches is being creative with ingredients and exploring flavor combinations. My goal each week is to buy enough produce to last until my next shopping trip. And every now and again, I wind up with an extra of this and too much of that.
When this happens, it’s time to get creative. That is how one of my favorite new sandwiches was born. I opened the produce drawer of the refrigerator recently in hopes of making a salad, but didn’t have enough lettuce for a full salad. So this veggie sandwich was born.
Here’s how you can make one:
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 sprigs fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
½ green pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 carrot, peeled
2 large lettuce leaves, torn to fit sandwich
2 slices whole grain bread
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a small mixing bowl, mash the avocado and add lime juice, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste.
2. Spread the avocado spread onto one slice of bread, and then add the cilantro leaves, green pepper strips, carrot peels and lettuce.
3. Top with the remaining bread and cut in half.
Enjoy with an apple or Clementine.
What kinds of vegetables, besides lettuce and tomato, do you like to put on your sandwiches at lunch?