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Roasted Vegetable and Avocado Lettuce Wraps

IMG_0510Hunger grabbed me around 3pm today – not unusual.  When I’m home on the weekend, that is when I tend to drift into the kitchen and start searching for just the right snack that can hold me over until dinner.

Today I used some leftover roasted vegetables (mushrooms, eggplant, carrots and red pepper) and a couple of slices of avocado to fill butter lettuce leaves.  After a light splash with good quality balsamic vinegar, I rolled them up and enjoyed a delicious, albeit messy snack.

Question: What Can You Fill An Avocado With?

The answer is . . . just about anything! Make a quick, delicious, satisfying – and healthy – snack or mini meal out of one of nature’s healthiest fats, an avocado.

Try stuffing half of one with salmon salad (I mix my canned salmon with plain Greek yogurt, celery, and onion), egg salad, a blob of hummus and diced cucumber, or cottage cheese and grape tomatoes. Go wild! Be crazy!

Peanut butter and avocado . . . well, maybe don’t go completely nuts!

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Need a new healthy (gourmet! easy!) snack?

I have been in a snacking rut lately.  Same old same old.  Plain Greek yogurt, a fresh peach, cinnamon, and a dash of brown sugar – delicious, by the way, but even delicious snacks get boring after a while.

Lying in bed this morning, inspiration hit!  Pathetic, I know, that my first thoughts of the day are about what my snack will be.  Nevertheless,  I was quite pleased with my new creation.  My ingredients:  3 slices from a large fresh garden tomato (from our garden), a slice of low-fat Swiss cheese, 4 thin slices of avocado, and about a tablespoon of hummus.

I layered them:  tomato slice, 1/2 of the hummus, 2 avocado slices, 1/2 slice of cheese, tomato slice, the other 1/2 of the hummus, the remaining avocado and cheese, and the last tomato slice on top.  I drizzled a little balsamic vinegar over it.

This turned out to be beautiful on the plate and a very nice blend of flavors.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It made me think about mixing things up a bit.  It’s just so easy to get into a habit; there’s no thinking required.  Still, a particularly appetizing snack really does more than just “get the job done”!

On top of all that, my little creation delivers about 25% of my daily calcium needs, along with a good bit of healthy fat and disease-preventing phytonutrients.  Looks delicious, doesn’t it?

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