I am gearing up for the unofficial kick off to #HLS12 tonight (if you haven’t seen my agenda, check it out!), but first I wanted to share a recipe with you. When I lived in North Carolina, there was almost nothing I loved more about summer than a tomato sandwich. I wouldn’t admit it at the time, but now that garden fresh tomatoes aren’t as easy to find, I miss them like crazy.
What is a tomato sandwich? Well, it’s generally made with white bread, lots of mayo, and slices of tomato (with plenty of salt and pepper). Needless to say, it isn’t exactly the healthiest option for something as nutritious as a tomato. Still, when I got my Boston Organics fruit and vegetable box a couple of weeks ago, I opened it to find a beautiful red tomato that screamed to be eaten in a tomato sandwich.
I stashed it away over the weekend, determined to find a healthier use for it. That next Monday I was starving on my way home from work and wouldn’t you know that I started to crave that tomato. As I was driving I started to brainstorm a way to satisfy the craving and not completely sabotage myself (not to mention I don’t own white bread and at the time didn’t own mayo–which I have sense bought in “light” version for potato salad). Then the light bulb went off: Greek yogurt and lavash wraps!
So as soon as I got home, I sliced that baby up!
Then I combined some whole grain dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and nonfat plain Greek yogurt and spread it on a lavash wrap.
I added the mustard for some extra flavor because I was afraid I’d lose something from not having the full fat mayo and white bread. Turns out I might not have needed it, but I love mustard so that’s fine. Then came the most important part–assembly.
It turned out a bit more square than I had hoped, but that’s because I had loaded it up with so much tomato! Obviously if you’re doing something similar and don’t love tomato the way I do, you can use considerably less. Despite its somewhat cumbersome shape and size, it was delicious!
While it wasn’t the same as having a tomato sandwich, it hit the spot enough to squelch the craving. Plus, with that much food for so few calories, I was super satisfied. Mission: accomplished!
Now that I am effectively once again craving this dish, I’ll leave you with a question.
Do you have any comfort foods that you’ve made healthier? If not, what’s a favorite dish for which you haven’t yet mastered a healthy version?