hummus & veggie sandwich – an ode to mama zucchini
We run a pretty hectic schedule around here, and Mondays are consistently a challenge. With less than an hour to finish up work, feed/walk Neo, get ready for Tuesday, and cook/eat, we almost always end up walking out the door hungry. This inevitably ends in Taco Bell or a very late dinner. I pride myself on the fact that a haven’t eaten fast food in years, and although for some reason I never lump T-Bell in that category, I’ve been trying to cut that out as well. Which means tonight would require either a lot of patience and hunger pains – or cereal.
Cut to my habit of getting random food cravings after drooling over perfectly lighted Pinterest and Instagram photos. Last week I saw some ridiculous sandwich on Instagram and all I can think about is caramelized onions. Add to this the list of “foods I have to eat before they go bad or I feel weird about eating them” running through my head, and we now have hummus + caramelized onions. This sandwich ended up being the perfect outcome- it was quick (40min from entering the kitchen to “clean up”- which is loosely defined as counters clean and sink full), it was hearty (some sandwiches are clearly only lunch worthy, but this passed the dinner test), and it was delicious.
I am always teasing Mama Zucchini for the way she relays recipes. Though she has to put up with my constant calls of “How did you makes this again?” or “Why does my broccoli look weird?” and always, “Why did this not come out like yours?” I get to put up with tons of descriptive, yet totally unquantifiable ingredient amounts. Her favorite? “Just add a good amount of ____.” To which I’ll always press for something – anything – that will quell my recipe anxiety, and to which she’ll reply with, “Just a good SIZED amount.” ….. ….. which does absolutely nothing for a girl in the first decade of her kitchen years. So since most of us will turn into our mothers at some point, apparently some sooner than others, please accept my apologies in advance for the way I am about to write this recipe.
Hummus & Veggie Sandwich – An Ode to Mama Zucchini
yield: 2 sandwiches
olive oil, to coat pan
a pinch of salt
a few splashes of balsamic vinegar – I used fig balsamic from The Crushed Olive, but regular balsamic would work too
4 slices of hearty bread
hummus (a “good amount”)
2 carrots – medium to large
2 handfuls of spinach
some sprigs of parsley
a sprinkle each of coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, and black pepper
Caramelize the onions- heat the pan and add olive oil. Add your onion slices and salt. Cook until the onion is soft and golden brown. Classic caramelization requires “low and slow,” but since I have a home, not a culinary school, I am perfectly happy with whatever gets the job done. Just make sure you are watching and stirring your onions often if you decide to turn the heat up. Once your onions have cooked down, add the balsamic. The vinegar will be absorbed and the flavor will concentrate.
Meanwhile, prep your sandwich.
Toast the bread and spread hummus on both sides. Thinly slice carrots and add to one side. Sprinkle spices on the other side. Add your parsley on top of the spices, and spinach on top of that. Lay the onions (hopefully still warm!) on top of the spinach. The final, and most daunting step is figuring out how the heck to get both sides together without all the veggies falling out. That’s it. Barely any cooking, and could absolutely be prepped ahead for busy nights.