the everyday sandwich

why is this called the everyday sandwich?  because i could eat it every. day.  no joke.

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this sandwich was born out of stubbornness: me, not wanting to go to the grocery store and getting creative with what we had on hand.  enter goat cheese, cherry tomatoes (especially the heirloom variety!), avocado, sourdough bread and lemon pepper.  because everything is better with lemon pepper.

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we do most of our shopping once a week at coscto, and all of these ingredients were bought there.

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first i lightly toast the sourdough bread slices, then i spread on a hefty amount of goat cheese on.

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for a little zing, i add several sprinkles of lemon pepper.

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i slice the tomatoes in half or thirds, depending on the size, and pile them on.

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depending on the size of the sourdough slices, i use 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado to slice and add to the other half of the sourdough.

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slap them together and enjoy every bite!

another one of my favorites is cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and of course, more lemon pepper ;)

do you have an easy go-to lunch you could eat every day?

yumm bowls

its a rare thing today, my friends – i am sharing a recipe with you!  this happens so rarely, and today is kind of laughable – its so easy!

a couple years ago, our friends introduced us to yumm bowls, their knock off version from a local restaurant.  after making our own at home, we have tweaked it just a bit, so i’m sharing a sort of third hand version ;)

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these are a favorite of ours for several reasons: everyone loves them, you can make them your own (adding your own favorite ingredients), and they are really quick to make (perfect for those nights that you forget to plan for dinner!).

ingredients: rice (my family uses brown rice – frozen bags from costco – i go without), beans (pinto or black), meat or no meat (can even be leftovers, like chicken or pork), shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, lime wedges, sour cream, salsa (or corn salsa from trader joe’s is my favorite!), cilantro and sliced olives.

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

yumm bowls at the pleated poppy

while the beans are heating on the stove (i use 2 cans), i toss a bag of frozen rice in the microwave.  then i chop up the rest of the ingredients (cilantro, tomatoes, and avocados) and am ready to serve dinner in about 5 minutes!