Double Duty Fresh and Fruity

For those of you who don’t know, I think sandwiches are pretty much one of the most fascinating creatures out there. Native to ancient Mesopotamia, it was rabbi Hillel the Elder who placed chopped apples, nuts spices, and bitter herbs between two matzoh’s during Passover. Since, the sandwich dispelled, mating with various host cultures to produce new and exciting species across the world such as the Vietnamese Bánh Mì, the Mediterranean Shawarma, the French Croque Monsieur and the American PB&J.

Today, since I love sandwiches oh so much, I will be sharing two recent discoveries:
the Grilled Turkey & Hummus Club and the Pear Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich.

The Grilled Turkey and Hummus Club
I discovered the our first, “fresh” sandwich during my Persuasion class. My lovely friend, Michelle depicted this particular creation and I sprinted home and made it straight away! To start, cut about 3 to 4 slices of cucumber, medium width, and set off to the side.

Next, spread 1-2 teaspoons of hummus on one slice of bread.  I use Sabra’s classic flavor but feel free to spice things up with the roasted red pepper or spinach artichoke variety. Top with 2-3 slices of oven roasted turkey breast and a slice of havarti cheese.

Finish with remaining bread slice and grill for about 3 minutes until light and crispy (if you haven’t a grill, this can be done in a pan as well!). When finished, remove sandwich and the top slice of bread. Add cucumber, reassemble, and eat!

The Pear Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.
 If fruit is your fave then the next sandwich was designed with you in mind. First, grab about a tablespoon of peanut butter and combine with 2 teaspoons pear puree. For peanut butter, I absolutely love Better N’Peanut Butter. It seriously tastes like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and happens to be made with real peanuts and all natural ingredients.

Combine peanut butter with 2 teaspoons pear puree. “Baby food” is a great way if, like me, you don’t have time to puree your own pears. Spread half this mixture on each slice of bread.

Next, top one with 1/2 a banana, sliced, and and finish with remaining slice of bread. I also like to add a little strawberry jam on one slice of bread to keep things interesting but this is totally optional.

Grill your sandwich only for a minute or two. The bread should be very lightly toasted and the inside warm and delightful.

Grilled Turkey and Hummus Club
Prep Time: 5 minutes Grill Time: 3 minutes Yield: 1

Ingredients:
3-4 slices cucumber
1-2 teaspoons Sabra’s Classic Hummus
1 slice Havarti cheese
2-3 slices turkey breast
2 slices whole grain bread

Directions:
1. Cut about 3 to 4 slices of cucumber, medium width, and set off to the side.
2. Spread hummus on one layer of bread.  Top with 2-3 slices of  turkey breast and a slice of havarti cheese.
3. Finish with remaining bread slice and grill for about 3 minutes until light and crispy
4. When finished, remove sandwich and the top slice of bread. Add cucumber, reassemble, and eat!

Pear Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes Grill Time: 3 minutes Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon Better N’ Peanut Butter
2 teaspoons pear puree
1/2 banana
2 slices whole grain bread
1/2 teaspoon strawberry jam (optional)

Directions:
1. Combine a tablespoon of peanut butter with 2 teaspoons pear puree.
2. Spread half this mixture each slice of bread. Top one with 1/2 a banana, sliced, and and finish with remaining slice of bread. (I also like to add a little strawberry jam on one slice of bread to keep things interesting but this is totally optional.)
3. Next, grill your sandwich only for a minute or two. The bread, lightly toasted and the inside, warm and delightful.

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