Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches

Wrap your hands around hearty and healthy Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches for a flavorful and easy-to-make meal, perfect on a Meatless Monday.

Delight in these filling and flavorful Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches #MeatlessMonday #vegan

I don’t know what it is lately, but I’ve been super busy. That’s a good thing, but I think I might have a case of Spring Fever, making it hard for me to concentrate on work. The weather here in Phoenix is pretty much perfect, and I want to be outside having fun before it turns into Nature’s Oven.

In order to spend as much free time as possible outside, I’ve been making meals that take little time to toss together. Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches is a quickie meal that’s big on flavor.

Meal-making made easy and healthy: Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches #MeatlessMonday #vegan

Thanks to the creamy avocado, you don’t need cheese for these sandwiches, which also makes them a great vegan meal option (great for Meatless Monday, too). I really love the lemony flavor you’ll find in Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches. Not only does the lemon add brightness to these sandwiches, but it helps keep the avocado mixture from turning brown.

Fine-tune the other ingredients to your liking. Personally, I’m mad for garlic chili sauce and love how it pairs with the lemon, and I’m also pretty keen on the slight bite the purple onion adds. Top off Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches with a touch of tiny greens (I used radish sprouts) and serve with your favorite bread.

These sandwiches are filling, healthy, and easy to make. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some fabulous weather to enjoy!

If you love chickpeas and avocados (and sandwiches) try one of these favorites:

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
Avocado Egg Salad 

Spiced and Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich Spread
Makes 4 sandwiches

 

Pimento Cheese Spread

Dig in to this rich Pimento Cheese Spread

I love to travel to new locales and, what else? Enjoy the food that helps make the area famed. Pimento Cheese Spread is new to me, and I just wonder where it’s been all my life! This Southern classic is versatile, not to mention delicious.

Serve Pimento Cheese Spread as an appetizer at your next gathering

Seems like the South is in my future, at least in some capacity. My sister and her family recently moved to North Carolina, and my husband has been traveling regularly to Charleston, South Carolina, for his new company (follow Job Market Maker on Twitter. Yes, I inserted the shameless plug.)

One thing that keeps coming up in conversations with both my sister and my husband is the prevalence of pimento cheese at the restaurants and gatherings they’re visiting. I’m a cheese loooooover, and hearing about this spread (as I understand, it’s also served as a sandwich filling, as a condiment for burgers, and even added to deviled eggs) has had my mouth watering and mind wondering.

Pimento Cheese Spread is versatile. It works as a great appetizer or spread for a sandwich

I couldn’t take it anymore, and since I haven’t yet scheduled a visit to either of the Carolinas, I had to try my hand at Pimento Cheese Spread. It’s really a simple recipe, and the results are overwhelmingly delicious. I have to say that instead of quelling my curiosity, making my own has actually whet my appetite to try as many varieties as possible (hello elliptical)!

This Pimento Cheese Spread is rich and creamy, as you’d expect. For a little personal, Southwestern flair, I added adobo sauce and green onion to mix things up. I really love this version, but the possibilities are endless.

Spread it on thick! Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese Spread would be fabulous served as an appetizer at a get together, spread on crunchy bread and eaten in front of the T.V. on a Tuesday night, or as an indulgent lunch any day of the week. Give it a try for some Southern fabulousness.

Pimento Cheese Spread
Makes about 2 cups

Farro and Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette #MeatlessMonday

This salad dares you not to “think spring” when you serve it. The chewy farro makes this salad hearty, and the peas, tomatoes, and the Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette? That’s where you’ll find spring in a bowl!

A bowl of Farro and Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette has "spring" written all over it!

I tossed together Farro and Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette after spending the Easter holiday away (next year I’m going to consider adding it to the holiday menu). I returned to a house with no groceries, and I was starving. Fortunately, I had tomatoes that were still good, and since I had no desire to run to the grocery store, this is what I was able to toss together.

Farro and Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette looks pretty at your table and tastes terrific

The Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette is perfect for just about any salad, but it brought the right amount of brightness to this one.

I love farro’s chewy texture and nutty flavor. It’s hearty and perfect for soups and chilis, but I say break it out during the warmer weather when salads take center stage.

Dig in to a bowl of Farro and Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

I used a little extra liquid to cook the farro, which helps make it a little softer. Its chewy texture is ideal to make this a main dish, but you can serve it as a side, too. This is an easy-to-make salad that will fill you and bring great flavor and texture to your table.

Recipe for Farro and Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette
Serves 4-6

Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo #MeatlessMonday

Twirl a fork of Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo

Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo is rich, creamy and so easy to make. This colorful Italian dish is a favorite with a bit of added flair in both color and flavor.

I was lucky to spend the Easter holiday with my mom and half of the rest of my family. It’s hard for everyone to be all together with a family as big as mine, but the magic of FaceTime helped!

Creamy and vibrant Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo is a wonderful meatless meal

My mom and I were baking (and baking a little more!) ahead of the holiday. On Friday, she wanted to make a meatless meal and since we were so busy and didn’t want to fuss over lunch, she suggested mac and cheese from a box. Keep in mind she told me I’d have to make it because she didn’t know how (traditional Italian mama).

Instead of lunching on mac and cheese from a box (not that there’s anything wrong with that once in a while), I decided on this equally easy-to-make Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo. The ingredients aren’t exactly traditional when it comes to Alfredo sauce, but you might have all that you need for the sauce in your fridge right now.

Enjoy a bowl of Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo

My mom gave me a jar of roasted red peppers that she had canned over the summer, but you could pick up a jar from the store (or from your pantry). A few garlic cloves later and I was ready to get started on what turned out to be a great meal.

Vibrant and creamy, Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo offers a quick, meatless dish that is big on flavor.

Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo
Serves 6

Blue Cornmeal Waffles with Chipotle Butter and Orange Syrup #MeatlessMonday

Blue Cornmeal Waffles with Chipotle Butter and Orange Syrup

Breakfast will never be boring when you serve Blue Cornmeal Waffles with Chipotle Butter and Orange Syrup. These make a great Meatless Monday meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

I love everything about this dish, from the crispy and thick waffles (anyone else hate soggy, wimpy waffles as much as I do?) to the butter with a bit of a kick to the citrus syrup for added sweetness.

You'll love Blue Cornmeal Waffles with Chipotle Butter and Orange Syrup

These waffles surprised me for a few reasons. First, like I mentioned, they’re crispy and textured, not to mention hearty. Second, I thought they would have a bit more color to them. I made blue cornmeal muffins once, and they turned out a lovely shade of blue. I might have to experiment with the recipe and the proportions of flour-to-cornmeal to see if I can get some added color next time.

The chipotle butter is so simple to make, and it really adds a burst of flavor to the waffles: just mix softened butter with the few other ingredients, and voilà! The butter has a slight kick to it, and it makes the perfect partner to the orange syrup. You could save yourself a step and use regular maple syrup for this recipe, but why, when it’s so simple to get such great flavor?

You'll love every bite of Blue Cornmeal Waffles with Chipotle Butter and Orange Syrup

Blue Cornmeal Waffles with Chipotle Butter and Orange Syrup would make a nice addition to any breakfast – or dinner if you like to switch things up – or for a special brunch. They might not be blue, but they are definitely delicious!

Recipe for Blue Cornmeal Waffles with Chipotle Butter and Orange Syrup
Makes 8 (6-inch) waffles