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Quick Fix: Avocado veggie sandwich perfect for a fast dinner

by Tribune News Service | June 8, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Avocado veggie sandwich. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)

Ripe avocado mixed with tomatoes, and hot pepper sauce makes a tasty, vegetarian sandwich. Adding a little bought pesto sauce adds more flavor. This sandwich is perfect for a quick dinner.

You may have to plan a little in advance to ripen your avocado. One tip to help avocados ripen is to remove the stem and place them in a bag in a warm spot.

Helpful hints

• You can use any type of bread.

• If pesto sauce isn't available, use a mild drained salsa.

• You can use any type of shredded cheese.


• Prepare ingredients.

• Make avocado mixture.

• Toast bread.

• Assemble sandwich.

Shopping list

To buy: one tomato, two small ripe avocados, one lemon, one small bottle hot pepper sauce, one container reduced-fat pesto sauce, one loaf whole wheat bread, one package Monterey Jack or Mexican-style cheese, one package washed, ready-to-eat lettuce, one cucumber and one bottle reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, "The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook." Listen to Linda on and all major podcast sites. Email her at [email protected]



Makes: 2 servings

1 small tomato, sliced (about 3/4 cup)

2 small ripe avocados, peeled, seed removed, mashed (about 1 cup)

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Several drops hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons reduced-fat pesto sauce

4 slices whole wheat bread

1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or Mexican-style cheese

Several lettuce leaves

1/2 cup sliced cucumber

2 tablespoons reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing

Slice tomato. Mash avocado in a bowl. Add lemon juice, hot pepper sauce and pesto sauce. Mix well. Toast bread. Spread avocado on 2 of the slices. Add sliced tomato to the avocado. Add cheese over the tomato. Place the two remaining bread slices on top to form a sandwich. Place on two plates. Divide the lettuce leaves between the two plates. Place cucumber slices on the lettuce. Drizzle dressing over the cucumber.

Per serving: 526 calories (57% from fat), 33.2 g fat (7.4 g saturated, 16.9 g monounsaturated), 21 mg cholesterol, 16.5 g protein, 43.3 g carbohydrates, 14.9 g fiber, 499 mg sodium.

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