Wednesday, September 18, 2013

VeganMoFo 9: Avocado, Hummus, Kale, and Sauerkraut Panini

I came home from work today and was feeling super lazy, but super hungry. When that dangerous combination hits me, I usually turn to my little George Foreman grill (a.k.a. panini press).  I probably use it more to toast wraps and sandwiches than to grill tofu or veggies.  It can be a real lifesaver when you want something hot to eat, but are in a hurry...or are just lazy. :)

Unfortunately, this VeganMoFo post doesn't include a fancy recipe for you to share on Pinterest.  It's more of a 'concept'...a wonderfully delicious concept. :)  I originally set out to make (almost) every vegan's favorite quick and easy meal:  avocado toast. Instead, I added hummus, kale, and sauerkraut to the mix.  And in a matter of minutes, I was feasting on this:

As I said, there's no recipe, but here's what I used to make a single panini:

  • Beckmann's German Farm Bread (2 slices)
  • Whole Foods label roasted garlic and chive hummus, spread on both pieces of bread (about 2-3 tablespoons)
  • Half an avocado, sliced
  • 2 medium-ish leaves of kale, torn into small pieces and steamed for a few minutes until soft
  • Gundelsheim sauerkraut (about 2-3 tablespoons)

The bread slices were pretty wide, so I had to cut the sandwich in half and grilled each piece separately.  The top lid of the countertop George Foreman grill isn't heavy, so I pushed it down gently with my hands while grilling to ensure that these beautiful grill marks would appear.  I didn't butter or oil the need!

All in all, the sandwich prep and grilling time took about 10 minutes.  And in the end, I was both happy and full.  This is the first time I've ever combined sauerkraut with hummus.  I'm not sure if that counts as fusion food (ha!), but whatever it was, it tasted fantastic.  A delicious and healthy dinner in 10 minutes?  Yes, please. :)