Newbie – Flamboyant Veggie Sandwich

 Flamboyant: marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display


having a very noticeable quality that attracts a lot of attention.

   I am on a glorious road trip across our beautiful country with my family. I will be the first to admit that eating healthy on the road is NOT easy! As always, I am determined to make that different for my family. This time I packed up veggies (spinach, lettuce, peppers, avocado,carrots, tomatoes), PB, honey, jam, whole grain bread, and a few other snacks. While on the road, I would pull out my flexible cutting board and favorite cutco knife, slice up a few items and pile it on a bed of spinach and call that a meal. For the kids, I rinse and drain black beans, add some tomatoes, add avocados to the mix, and give them each a bowl full with a spoon. I know this isn’t the most convenient way and it can get a little messy, but I feel a lot better about cleaning up a mess than I do about drive thru windows.

Back to the sandwich…

    It’s day 5 or maybe 6 of our trip. We have stopped in a few places and had some creative meals… I love explaining to the waitress that we want one of each veggie they can round up, no meat? yes we are vegetarian… oh yes no cheese on that… yes we are vegan… is usually how the convo goes. 

    After getting sandwiches from a bakery that cost $7.50 each for lettuce, tomatoes, apples,and dried cranberries on a slice of whole wheat, I was pretty sure I could feed my whole family of 6 lunch for $7.50 if I could get to a grocery store. Inspired by the apples and cranberries on our previous days lunch, I came up with my own version that would be considered flamboyant compared to what we have been able to order in the mid-west.

Flamboyant Veggie Sand:   

2 slices of whole grain/wheat bread

1/4 avocado

1-2 TBSP hummus

1-2 tsp spicy mustard

2 leave of butter lettuce (any green leafy lettuce will do)

4 thin slices green apple

2 TBSP dried cranberries 

1/2 roma tomato sliced

1 tsp raw sunflower seeds

1 tsp raw pumpkin seeds

Start with hummus on both slices, then place the sliced avocado and all the other toppings listed above on the bread. Spread the spicy mustard on the other slice and sprinkle with garlic and onion powder and then salt and pepper. * if desired.

If I wasn’t traveling I would add a slice or two of red onion for even more flavor! Be creative add or take away what you want.

This sandwich was a hit, I wish I would’ve taken a pic for ya’ll! I will be making it again soon, because that list of ingredients is what I have in my car. Ha. I will take a pic and show off that flamboyant veggie sand!

Hope you enjoy!

Happy Summer Travels,


Source: WFM 1-10

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