This week is all about the Olympic games. Which means, that most of us are watching the games non stop. With little time to spend in the kitchen, and wanting to eat as healthy as I can in between, I figured that sandwiches will be the perfect solution. But, just a sandwich like peanut butter and jam, didn’t sound as nourishing and healthy as I imagined. The idea came to me during a meeting with a patient, all I need to do is preset the ingredients and assemble the sandwiches in less than tow minutes, when hungry.
These sandwiches are really easy to fix up, when hunger strikes. And are loaded with healthy and delicious ingredients. Wandering how easy is it?
I’ll start with the stars of the sandwich, the grilled eggplants. Now, there is a simple trick to grilling eggplants, using your oven. All you need to do is, pill the eggplants like zebras. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, and sprinkle with kosher salt. Put in a Colander, and let rest for minimum of 45 minutes. Heat the oven to 400°F (180°c), line bake sheet with parchment. With a paper towel, remove the salt from the eggplants, and press out water. Spray the parchment with olive oil, place the eggplants on the parchment, and spry with olive oil. Bake the eggplants for 30-45 minutes, or till golden and soft. Remove from the oven, and let cool. You can place in a air tight container and keep in the fridge for up to a 4 days.
The second pat of this sandwich is red lentil paste, that is to die for. It is a very very simple paste, that can be a very quick low fat fix for vegans. Place 1/2 cup of dried red lentils, and 1 cup of water, and 2 bay leafs in a small saucepan over high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10-18 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, add salt and peeper, stir well, and keep in the fridge.
Now, to assemble the sandwich:
Take two slices of whole wheat bread, spread one slice withe the red lentil paste, and the other with harissa paste. Place grilled eggplants, sliced tomatoes, and green baby leaves, on one piece of bread, and place the other on top.
Hope you enjoy the sandwich, and the games. And don’t forget, if you make this sandwich, take a photo of it, and tag #netacooks. If you’r making anything special, to snack while watching the games, tell me all about it.