After a weekend away, I LIVE by simple, healthy recipes to get me through the week and back on track with my typical style of eating, Trips out-of-town (at least mine) are typically filled with decadent food, eating out more frequently than normal, and a few more cocktails than usual, so my body is craving fresh, healthy home-cooked meals by the time I make my way home (but also chocolate, because that just never goes away).
This past weekend, I spent 4 days in Philadelphia visiting my sister and it was the most perfect weekend trip! My younger sister surprised me by also driving up to visit and we had am absolute blast exploring the city, eating delicious food, and catching up on life. We lucked out and had gorgeous weather the entire time— 70 degrees and clear blue skies— well done, Philadelphia! Especially since they got snow the weekend before! Anyways, more to come on this trip later…
Make sure you check back next week for a full photo recap of my weekend away. But for now… this simple, healthy, oh-so-creamy sandwich of my dreams….
Two things that I always have on hand in my kitchen: avocado and canned beans. Between Costco and my local grocery store, I’m always stocking up on handfuls of avocados, just in case we want to whip up a big batch of guac or make some creamy avocado pasta. Same goes for beans— chickpeas, white beans, kidney beans, black beans— there’s always a chance I want to throw together a quick lentil chili or a batch of homemade hummus, so I can always count on them being in my pantry.
So when I get back into town and barely have enough time to throw in a load of laundry, let alone meal prep my typical veggies and salads and grains before the work week begins, you KNOW I’m putting together some crazy simple meals to get me through the week!
That’s where this sandwich comes into play.
Instead of your typical chickpea salad, I decided to make white beans the star and mashed them together with some creamy avocado, whole grain mustard, lemon, and fresh basil. I kept some of my white beans a little chunky to add some texture to my salad and it was the perfect consistency for this sandwich! Mixed with all those fresh flavors and tangy mustard— I’d say it was one of the best thrown-together dishes I’ve made in a while!
The whole recipe takes about 5 1/2 minutes to throw together and is SO versatile once the salad is prepped. For quick and easy lunches, we make a sandwich or a wrap about it it (just like this), but you can also use it to top a salad, a veggie bowl, a baked potato, or just plain all by itself!
So that’s it from me for today! Have a wonderful rest of your week and I’ll see you on Friyay 🙂