Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sandwich week day 3: Chunky hummus and grilled zucchini

Breakfast: Apple and blueberry "crumble"

Lunch: Chunky hummus and grilled zucchini sandwich with gazpacho soup

Dinner: Vegetable noodle soup and kale

I first had a chunky hummus sandwich at the phenomenal Tea Tree cafe on the Danforth. I'd never before thought of hummus as more than a spread, much like butter or pesto, but the idea of layering it on thick and making it the main feature sat really well with me.

With only 2 main ingredients this is a very simple sandwich, perfect for putting together for a lunch when you've pressed the "snooze" button 4 or 5 times too many and you're rushing out the door. It's also damn delicious.

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
4 thick slices wholemeal bread
2 small zucchini, slices longways
6 tbsp chunky hummus, store bought or made according to this recipe
a little oil
black pepper
a little soy butter / vegan margarine if you like

Grill the zucchini slices with a little oil for 5-8 minutes
Assemble the sandwiches like this: bottom layer of bread, soy butter / vegan margarine if using, 3 tbsp chunky hummus per sandwich, black pepper, half the zucchini per sandwich, another layer of soy butter / margarine if using, top layer of bread
Squish down a little and enjoy!

Hummus is a great thing for vegetarians to eat, as its not only rich in Vitamin C and fibre but is a great source of iron, which vegetarians can become deficient in. Zucchini is rich in potassium and Vitamin A, making this a very decent sandwich to have, even if it can be ready in under 10 minutes!

Fun fact: when hummus is eaten with bread, it serves as a whole protein - so this is actually a great post-workout snack!

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