Meat, cheese and bread that’s what I’m for……
Well….. that doesn’t HAVE to be the case. Who needs meat to make a sandwich?
There is of course the classic pb&j, but for the more savory seekers, or for the adult who wants to pretend he/she doesn’t really like pb&j, there are many alternatives.
Recently we moved into a new house that is a bit closer to Little Sis – like 640 miles closer (Yay!!). So close in fact that we can plan outings, choose one of the 4 parents to hang with kids (Thank you Mr. Little Sis) and go see our fabulously talented niece in a play. It was my job to bring dinner for myself, Mr. Bigg Sis and Little Sis to eat in the car as the outing involved traveling at dinner time.
New house, new frig, not all of the ingredients present that would allow me to fall back on something like hummus, so I threw together some chicken salad type ingredients with white beans and cashews instead. The roosters in the neighborhood are still crowing and eating up the bugs in our yard. Good deal, huh?
This spread was a hit with the theater adventurers and was great the next day on a plate with greens. Slathered on ezekiel bread was much easier for the car and it held together very well so that we did not embarrass our niece with beans spots.
Never Bean There Sandwich Spread (enough for 4 sandwiches)
1 can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup raw cashews
Juice from 1 lemon
1 Tbsp dijon
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 – 1/2 cup diced celery (I use 1/2 cause I like it crunchy)
salt and pepper to taste
Place the cashews, lemon juice and dijon in a high power blender or try a food processor. You can soak raw cashews for 4 – 6 hours to make them blend into a creamier substance but I did not and it was fine.
Do not worry about making the mixture completely smooth, you just want the final result to hang together and not fall into your lap. If you double the recipe the blending of the cashews is also a bit easier. And leftovers are ALWAYS a good idea.
Mash the beans a bit in a bowl and then add in the blender mash, celery and spices. Mix.
Slather on bread with a little of your favorite spread – or naked! Tomatoes are also an excellent addition.
What kind of meatless sandwiches are your favorite?