Friday, March 15, 2013

Toast with Vegetables, Cashew Cheese & Avocado

Happy Friday everyone! Today Jimmy had to work which is not a normal thing out here for us. The school district we are in started a 4 day school days this year but about once a month teachers have to go in and go to meetings and such. Anyway I let him take the car so I could sleep in. It was absolutely amazing! The weather here is starting to turn around and the snow is melting. Only a few days left of snowboarding. Anyway, this afternoon I went for a 2 mile run and when I came back I was STARVING! We are pretty low on food right now but I was still able to throw together a simple yet flavorful sandwich. It took me about 8 minutes from start to finish. If you are looking for something quick and extremely filling this is the way to go. Avocados are very filling but very healthy for you. There are multiple components to this but I will put both recipes for it on here. Hope you enjoy :)

Sandwich Ingredients
2 pieces whole wheat bread
1 avocado
1/4 red onion
1 mushroom
1/4 red, orange or yellow pepper or 2 small ones
3 -5 pieces fresh spinach
Cashew Cheese (recipe below)
olive oil

Cashew Cheese 
1 cup raw cashews
4-5 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil

You need to soak cashews for a few hours to let them soften. Peel the garlic. In a food processor mix cashews, garlic, olive oil and salt/pepper. Mix until smooth. You can also add a little water to help get the consistency you want. You can put this in a container and place in fridge to use on things whenever you want. It doesn't really go bad very quickly. When you see it hardening you should probably throw it out but it usually lasts for a few weeks. 

You will want to slice your onion, pepper and mushroom. I did small pieces but whatever you like will work. In a small pan heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the vegetables and saute for about 5 minutes or less if they cook faster. Add some salt and pepper to taste. While that is cooking toast your whole wheat bread. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Using a knife trace around the edge of both halves. With a spoon remove entire inside. Cut into long slices. Sometimes its so soft that it falls apart but try your best. Once toast is done place some cashew cheese on both pieces. Add the fresh spinach to one half. On top of that add your onions, peppers and mushrooms. Place avocado slices on top. Place other piece of bread on top and cut in half. You will have remaining avocado (unless you make multiple sandwiches) you can just add some salt and pepper to that and eat it. Its absolutely delicious.

***If you are a cheese person feel free to add some daiya mozzarella cheese as well***