We can’t stop you eating sandwiches. Nor do we want to. Sandwiches have been a mainstay of lunch for as long as we can remember. But we can make them more nutritious, and truly deserving of a place in any well-balanced healthy diet. A levelled up sandwich, if you will.
In our opinions, it’s important to have good food to look forward to. Meals should’t be about dread or worry, they should be about enjoyment – but enjoyment without slowly damaging ourselves.
That’s where this sandwich comes in. It’s a thorough joy to eat – and it’s filled with goodies like avocado, spinach and radish, too!
The cheese is the naughtiest bit, but a couple of slices of cheese seem to be a fine pay-off for all that veggie goodness. And if it encourages you, or those you’re eating with to eat more veg, then so be it.
The bread is up to you. You can go all-in on a mega-healthy wholegrain or protein-bread, or you can be a bit naughty with a soft-white or brioche. It’s your call and we won’t lecture. All we’ll say is that the flavours inside the sandwich are enough to make any bread taste good 😉
BACK TO ‘SIX OR LESS’
We made this lovely sandwich from just six simple ingredients. We also made another 29 just like it! They’re all in our new ebook, Lunch in Six, which was made to bring the joy back to lunch.
We’re proud of the recipes (and of Jansen, whose professional expertise really shone through), and you can check out the rest of the recipes right here.
The only non-vegan item in this sandwich is the cheese. And as you’re no doubt aware there are many vegan options on offer these days. Grab something from a store, or even try making your own vegan cheese! Cashew is a very popular choice.
Of course, most bread isn’t gluten-free – though any good speciality store carries a gluten-free version these days. If you were hesitant to try it, or had sadly waved goodbye to sandwiches, now might be a good time to give it another try.
Have a Good Avo Cheddar Cheese Sandwich
It's time to make the humble cheese sandwich something to be proud of for lunch again!
- 4 slices of your favourite bread (Jansen recommends Brioche bread)
- 4 slices mature cheddar (enough to cover the bread)
- 1 avocado
- ½ small red onion
- 2 radishes
- 1 cup spinach
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Scoop the flesh out of the avocado and mash it in a bowl. Add a little salt and pepper.
- Slice the red onion into really thin rings. Slice the radish thinly, too.
- Give the spinach a quick wash.
- In this order, place the bread followed by mashed avocado, spinach, cheddar, onion, radish, mashed avocado, bread.
- Stick it in the oven at about 360°F/180°C and toast away! It’ll take about 7-8 minutes. That’s it, done!
Make it vegan
Use a vegan cheese, like cashew. There are some that taste pretty decent around now, especially when grilled. Bigger supermarkets should carry them.
Make it gluten-free
Use a gluten-free bread, many different types are now readily available. It should be easy to find in most larger supermarkets or whole food stores. Never be too shy to ask at your local bakery, either!
Jansen’s pro tip
If you have a cheese toastie machine, throw it in there!
Please note that we don't count items like salt and pepper as one of our six ingredients as we feel most people already have an adequate supply at home 🙂
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Check out our Breakfast in Six Cookbook
Our beautiful ebook, Breakfast in Six is out! It’s our favourite 30 vegetarian and vegan breakfast recipes – all made with six or less ingredients. They’ve never been seen on the site before (and never will). Check it out!