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A Healthy Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich

April 28, 2017

Looking to step outside the lunchbox and create a different kind of sandwich that the kids will love? Check out how simple and fun these smashed chickpeas and avocado sandwiches are to make… you won’t believe how delicious they turn out!

People are always asking how I get my children to eat to healthy and the answer is pretty simple… make food fun! One of my favorite things to do is challenge myself to create unique and fun foods that the kids will enjoy and are also nutritional. I decided to take a few of their favorite foods (chickpeas and avocados) and find a way to make them into a sandwich. Since school started here in Georgia on the first of August, I am challenging myself to get creative with the kids sandwiches. This is a staple food in most children’s lunchboxes and there are so many ways to take that boring old PB&J and provide them with something more thrilling!

All that you need to create this one of a kind sandwich is a can of chickpeas, two ripe avocados, lemon juice and some seasoning. You can go ahead and boil the chickpeas to soften them up a bit, but I have found that cooking them in the microwave for 1 minute gets the job done. Mash the chickpeas up with a fork, I like mine on the chunkier side and also leave some whole chickpeas throughout the mix. Next you are going to take your two ripe avocados and mix them into the chickpeas until the avocados are a creamy texture. Think of it like mayo and tuna fish, the avocado is your mayo and the chickpeas are the tuna.

Then you are going to mix in some lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper… mix well and serve immediately. While this was intended for sandwiches, the kids and I have also enjoyed using it as tip with crackers and such.

My children are so amazed by this amazing green concoction, it truly brings life to a sandwich! Add your favorite toppings and serve in between two slices of Nature’s Harvest® Bread and you have yourself a healthy sandwich that is far from boring!

Don’t forget about the other items to fill the kids lunchbox with! Along with fruit and veggies, I have found that the Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks are the perfect addition to my kids lunches! The packages are super easy for little hands to open and the bite sized food is so popular with kids. They also feel like they are getting spoiled with a special treat when I pack them.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pieces of bread
  • I can chickpeas, smashed (see notes)
  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

In a large bowl, add chickpeas and use a fork to smash them. Add the avocados, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and combine them together.

Notes

Boil the canned chickpeas for 6-8 minutes until it’s texture gets soft but not mushy. The avocado and chickpea mixture changes it color after couple hours so I’d suggest eating it immediately or prepare everything in advance and add avocados right before serving.



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