Are you one of those people who always have food on their mind? Are you on a diet or hoping to incorporate healthier recipes on your menu? Maybe you are also lazy? Well, hello there, twin. I knew you were out there! Don’t I have the perfect recipe for you here today.
Every day at lunchtime I forage around the kitchen to come up with produce suitable to be used in some way so that the resulting dish may be called “healthy” — if not hardcore, at least mostly so. (Btw, in my book a bunless burger is definitely hardcore. Why would you call that concoction a burger? It’s a patty, pure and simple, so you had a patty for lunch, NOT a burger. The lettuce it was wrapped in doesn’t count.)
Anyhow, so today I had some veggies on hand (my first crop of homegrown green beans!) along with a big box of croissants the hubby picked up over the weekend. Voila! This croissant sandwich is a recipe for keeps. I’m not kidding. I may have to contact the Food Network to feature this on their 15 minute meals or something. I’ll be off to practice my dialogue delivery after writing this post, thank you very much. 🙂
Veggie Croissant Sandwich
(Filling is enough for about 5 croissants, but can be eaten as accompanying salad)
1 fat croissant, toasted (Don’t skip this. Toasted is essential to success.)
1 small red onion, sliced
1/2 tsp grated garlic
1 celery stem, diced
3-4 green beans, diced
handful baby spinach, julienned (about 1/4 cup)
15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp tzatziki, optional*
salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, lemon juice to taste
*Note: I used a dollop of tzatziki to kind of hold the filling together and give it a creamy bite, almost like mayo. The fact that I’m addicted to a particular brand from Whole Foods probably has nothing to do with anything.
- In a tsp of olive oil saute garlic and onion until translucent. Add other veggies and beans and saute until tender but not mushy, about 3 mins. Season and let cool.
- Slice the croissant laterally and toast. (A bit less toasted than the picture will do.)
- Slather the bottom slice with tzatziki, spread the bean mixture generously and top with shredded cabbage or lettuce for added crunch.
- Replace top hat.
- Consume (preferably without a kid hanging off your neck. Ha, good luck with that.)
Now that you’ve created the best healthy croissant sandwich, please don’t go and ruin it by opening a packet of chips or a can of Pepsi. Not that I thought about doing that or anything. Ahem.