Avocado, Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese and Sunflower Nut Lunch

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Eating a low carb diet is so popular. It’s definitely not the diet for me …. I do like bread and pasta and will never be someone that can give them up completely. That being said, I eat a lot less bread and carbs than I used to. Today, I wanted a low-carb lunch and this recipe is what I came up with while out on my walk this morning … my walks happen to be where I come up with most of my recipes. I have actually made a version of this sandwich on Trader Joe’s Rustica bread (served open face, with the avocado sliced and using only half of the avocado).

They say “you are what you eat”. Beauty comes from within after all. I’m hoping to continue to be a healthy woman throughout my life. I therefore, look forward to eating as healthy as I can. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy certain foods, but I do try to live a healthy lifestyle for the most part. I’m actually healthier in my 50’s than I was in my 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. I figure I’m a work in process, I’ll keep working on being a healthy me … always.

For this recipe, I cut my avocado in half and removed the nut. I sprinkled kosher salt and fresh ground pepper over the avocado halves before tearing my roasted red pepper in pieces and laying them on each avocado half. On top of the red pepper, I added goat cheese and sunflower nuts. I drizzled balsamic glaze over everything and sat down to my lunch.

This was quite satisfying and filling … the best news is  – I felt really good after eating this healthy lunch and will probably make the same thing again tomorrow. Bon Apetít!

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Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 roasted red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon sunflower nuts
  • balsamic glaze, a drizzle
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Directions

  1. Cut avocado in half.
  2. Sprinkle each half with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.
  3. Lay red pepper on avocado.
  4. Place goat cheese over red pepper pieces.
  5. Toss sunflower nuts on avocado.
  6. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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