One day while wasting time on Pinterest, I discovered Real Simple’s recipe for a Smashed White Bean & Avocado Club. I love all beans and I love avocado so I thought, “Hey, I can make this work for me.” This weekend, my wonderful cousin and I tried it out. Delicious.
Here’s how we changed it up:
1 15-oz can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon EVOO*
1/4 teaspoon roasted garlic*
1/4 teaspoon salt*
1/8 teaspoon black pepper*
1 cucumber – thinly sliced (we only used half)
1 small container of sprouts
3 or 4 Sandwich Thins (or Deli Flats or whatever your chosen brand calls them)
Sprinkle of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
*Guestimates…I didn’t actually measure this stuff (which is REALLY weird for me).
In a medium bowl, combine the beans, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Roughly mash the mixture with the back of a fork. (Make sure to combine everything before trying to mash up those beans!)
Open up those sandwich thins, sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on one half and toast it.
Divide the mashed beans on the other half. Top with the cucumber, sprouts, and avocado (and onion of you’re so inclined…I hate onions).
We only made two sandwiches, but I’m pretty sure we could have made three, maybe four with no problems. We had avocado left over, so we whipped up some guacamole (we added a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice–done).
I’m totally guessing, but I’m guessing this is about 400 calories a sandwich (drop the cheese and it’s (duh) less). However, if you follow the original recipe, it’s more like 600+ calories per sandwich. I mean, that recipe sounds delicious, then you realize that it’s 3 pieces of bread per sandwich…that seems like a lot of unnecessary carbs to me.