I don’t make a ton of sandwiches so it took me a couple weeks to come up with an idea I felt was good enough to enter into the contest. At first I thought about doing a Mediterranean tuna sandwich or a vegetarian melt but after a little brainstorming I decided to take all my favorite healthy foods and stuff them into a sandwich.
I made the sandwich this weekend and after one bite, I knew it had potential.
The best part… it’s is packed with nutritious super foods and totally EBF approved. Here’s the line-up:
multi-grain ciabatta bread
sun-dried tomato olive quinoa tapenade
baked sweet potatoes
I know it sounds like quite an interesting combination, but trust me when I say that the flavors work. I seriously can’t get over how well it turned out! I think it’s the umami effect.
The tapenade is something I’m really excited about because it involves quinoa. We all know my obsession with this little pseudo grain — I’m hooked on it! Here, it adds a nice texture to the traditional sun-dried tomato olive tapenade and a hearty dose of protein to the sandwich.
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet so of course it had to be included.
And the baked sweet potatoes? I figured that I put baked sweet potato chunks in everything from salads to scrambled egg whites so why not add them to my sandwich.
Mezzetta sent me information about the contest along with a few of their products to play around with. I use their products in my kitchen regularly so I was happy to participate. Also, there’s a grand prize of $25,000 involved… did I happen to mention that small little factoid?
Isaac was happy too because he was the official taste tester. Apparently this sandwich is the best sandwich I’ve ever made. I’ll take it!
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (cooked ahead of time and chilled)
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1/4 cup Julienne Cut Sun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes (do not rinse)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Bake sweet potato. Heat oven to 400°. Pierce sweet potato several times with a fork. Place the sweet potato on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool. (This can be done beforehand, because you want the sweet potato cool enough to handle and slice.)
Massage kale: Place kale, olive oil and lemon juice, sea salt and pepper in a bowl and massage with your hands until all the kale pieces are covered. Set aside.
Make tapenade: Place quinoa, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and basil into a food processor(affiliate link). Pulse several times (total of about one minute) or until the mixture has turned into a spread-like consistency. Set aside.
Build your sandwiches: cut and toast bread, spread a layer of goat cheese on the bottom slices of bread, top with massaged kale and thin slices of red onion.
Spread a layer of the tapenade on the top slices of bread and top with slices of baked sweet potato. Carefully place top slices of bread onto the bottom slices. Press slightly. Cut sandwich in half and enjoy!
There you have it, the Superfood Sandwich in all her glory! I hope you all love it as much as we do.
Got an awesome sandwich recipe up your sleeve? There’s still time to submit to the Mezzetta Make That Sandwich Contest! Entries are being accepted until September 2. Good luck!