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Hope you had a fabulous Independence Day weekend!

We had a pretty quiet weekend ourselves, which was wonderful!  On the 4th we had our burgers, potato salad AND an apple pie (which I polished off for breakfast this morning).  And then we all went to bed early!

On Saturday, we actually all got to go to church together!  Then we had a genius (sarcasm) idea to go on a hike at Occoneechee mountain.  When we started out, husband said “I don’t remember why you didn’t like this hike, Katie?”.  Well, it took us about 15 minutes of walking in 85 degree weather, carrying a small child, to remember why.  You’re climbing….. a mountain.  We were shattered.  So we consoled ourselves by picking up burritos on the way home.

Anyway, enough about that.  On to the menu!  This week we’re headed up to visit my in-laws in Virginia Beach for a long weekend, so we’re focusing this week on clearing out our fridge!  In fact, my shopping list says: Black Beans, Jar Roasted Red Peppers, Milk.  Ha!

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place! For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
Kale, Black Bean & Avocado Burrito Bowl
(From cookieandkate.com)

Tuesday:
Toasted Sourdough with Roasted Peppers, Fontina & Rocket
(From Field of Greens, pg. 302)

Wednesday:
Tacos

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Vegetarian California BLTs



Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite summer sandwiches!

I’m sure you have seen a similar sandwich elsewhere, and I know this probably isn’t an original creation, but oh well!

We call this a “California” BLT because my husband and I “invented” this sandwich while we lived in California.  See what we did there?  Interesting fact.

Here are the basic ingredients.  You can of course use whatever bacon you prefer, whether it’s full strength, turkey, or veggie.  These veggie Morningstar Farms ones are classic and yummy!

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First up, make some guacamole.  My quick way is to mash avocado with a fresh salsa.  You get the onion, cilantro, garlic and acidity all in one with the salsa.  If you need a quick guac, that’s my top tip! 20140609-200210-72130948.jpg

Next, build the sandwich!  Toast the bread.  Add a layer of guacamole.  Then add the sprouts, bacon, and cucumber.  Top with your other slice of bread.

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And done! Yum-o!!20140609-200225-72145142.jpg20140609-200241-72161681.jpg

We had some roasted potatoes.  Quite a satisfying meal!20140609-200254-72174553.jpg 20140609-200255-72175403.jpgMommy Tip: For those that do Baby Led Weaning, you can easily break this sandwich up into baby friendly parts.  My daughter is obsessed with avocado, and would probably eat the guacamole or certainly just the avocado.  The bread can be cut up into strips.  Even the cucumber for the littles with a few teeth would be tasty!

Anyway, here’s a “proper” recipe:

California BLT Sandwich

Ingredients:
Bread
Avocado (2)
Fresh Salsa (approx 4 TB)
Bacon – your choice – 3 strips per sandwich
Sprouts
Cucumber
Any other sandwich toppings you prefer!

1. Toast sandwich bread

2. Cook the bacon according to package instructions.

3. Make your guacamole – for my quick version, halve the avocado, remove the pit, and scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl.  Add to the avocado 2-3 TB of salsa.  Mash.  If the avocado needs a bit more salsa to help mash (if they are barely ripe and little firm), add.

4. Build your sandwich!  In our house, the order is: Bread, Avocado, Sprouts, Bacon, Cucumber, Bread.

Enjoy!!

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Hope you had a fabulous weekend! I was hacking up a lung (sorry… TMI?) and just trying to feel better.  But mommies don’t get sick days. Anyway, that was pretty much our weekend, summed up 🙂

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place! For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
Tacos

Tuesday:
Black Bean & Butternut Squash Enchiladas
(From this blog) – never got around to making them this week

Wednesday:
Mexican Pizza
(From Field of Greens, pg. 180)
I’m actually documenting the process this week so I can share it with you!

Thursday:
Tagliarini with Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini & Basil
(From Field of Greens, pg. 137)
New to us recipe!

Friday:
Burgers with Pimento Cheese, Red Onion, Roasted Garlic
Austrian Potato Salad (Originally from Cook’s Illustrated, similar recipe here, and Mayo free!)
Apple Pie

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Toasted Sourdough with Roasted Peppers, Fontina & Rocket
(From Field of Greens, pg. 302)

*Grocery store this week: Trader Joe’s

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Monday!  Another weekend just whizzed by.  We had a blast up in Virginia on Saturday.  Elizabeth’s first trip to the zoo was a success!

In unrelated news, I finally have a Twitter account.  I’m learning the ropes, so if you’d like to follow me and give me tips, I’d appreciate all the help I can get!  And I promise I’ll follow you back!

Shameless plug over.

The menu this week has some new-to-me items.  I’ve been craving Asian food (instead of Mexican, for once) and wanted to try to make Spicy Basil Tofu.  Then, the current issue of Cook’s Illustrated arrived, and it had a recipe for Singapore Noodles.  Sounded interesting, and will hopefully satisfy my cravings!

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place! For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
California BLT’s
(Blog post coming soon!)

Tuesday:
Spicy Basil Tofu
(Haven’t tried before, but adapting from this recipe from Cooking Light)

Wednesday:
Mexican Pizza
(From Field of Greens, pg. 180)
I should do a recipe post on this too – this pizza is amazing!

Thursday:
Tomato Pesto Pasta
(See previous post for recipe)

Friday:
Tacos with Peach & Raspberry Cobbler for dessert

Saturday:
Singapore Noodles
(From Cook’s Illustrated)
Unfortunately you can only view the recipe if you subscribe. If it’s good, I’ll try to post it!

Sunday:
Paninis with Leftover Tomato Pesto

*Grocery store this week: Food Lion

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