I love overcast, even rainy, weekends when I can just curl up on my sofa reading a good book, sipping ginger tea and having a delicious sandwich. Well, I recently had this dream weekend when I couldn’t put down a book about vampires and I was having cups upon cups of ginger tea. I was so engrossed in the book that I didn’t feel like cooking some complicated meals. So a sandwich was the next best choice. When you’re reading something as suspense-filled as a story about Manhattan being overtaken by these vile night creatures, you probably won’t have any craving for meat of any kind. Then again, maybe it’s just me.
The sandwich that I was able to put together then was quite simple enough and only had four main ingredients — broccoli, carrots, teardrop tomatoes and lettuce. Of course, there’s the wheat bread and whole-grain mustard. The first two vegetables were parboiled but if you prefer raw, suit yourself. You can also toast the bread. The end result is a healthy, light and nutrients-rich meal that will leave you satisfied.
There are endless variations to this sandwich. You could add other vegetables if you like. You know what’s really good? A heap of arugula that will give the sandwich a tastebuds-tickling peppery flavor. For some crunch, you can include onions. You may also add goat cheese (or any other cheeses that you fancy). If you like to add a sweetness to it, you can actually put a dab of fruit jam to this. But maybe that’s too weird for you. Or if you really want meat, then go ahead and put crispy bacon in there, or parma ham, boiled egg, or chicken breast (boiled, roast or grilled) slices. For some bite, sprinkle some Tabasco or Sriracha. The possibilities are endless. Add some taco chips or banana chips on the side. Or if you like, have some extra teardrops tomatoes as chips substitute.
This veggie sandwich also goes well with broccoli soup. Chef Gordon Ramsay has a very simple broccoli soup recipe here. Basically, all you have to do is boil the broccoli florets for 4-5 minutes, combine the cooked broccoli and water in a blender until you get a smooth consistency, and serve on a bowl with walnuts and goat cheese. Now, that’s one really healthy combination.