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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Creative and Resourceful Lunch Idea | Family Economics

By Erin

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 avocado
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? 

3 Comments so far

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On Saturday, April 30, 2011, Beth, regular $5 Dinner reader in Columbus, OH wrote

Your sandwich sounds extremely tasty, and I'll have to try it after my weekly shopping excursion! Lately I've been craving my favorite sandwich, and making it daily. On two slices of hearty whole wheat bread, I slather lots of mayo. To one bread slice, I add thick slices of good mozzarella & ripe tomatoes, sprinkle on sea salt & cracked pepper, top with leafy green lettuce and the second bread slice. I just LOVE this sandwich!!!

On Friday, April 29, 2011, Heather from Ohio wrote

Roasted vegetables, like peppers, squash and mushrooms, with pesto. It's my favorite meat-free sandwich!

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Shila from Wis-can-sin wrote

in my opinion the only way to have a sandwich of is with red onion slivers and a sprinkle of garlic sea salt. trust you me, the garlic sea salt makes the whole thing come together! its delicious!


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