Friday, August 14, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus & Cucumber Sandwich

I remember my grandmother loved toast made from Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Sandwich bread (white, of course). It was released as a low-calorie, low-carb alternative for the first low-carbers when Dr. Atkin's began the craze in the 1970's. Well, after falling out of favor for about 20 years, it took an obesity epidemic to prove his reduced-carb diet plan was essentially sound for many people dealing with diet-related diseases, such as T2 diabetes. Thankfully, more bread companies are paying attention to the healthy eating trend currently going on in the country. A couple of companies have recently come out with some delicious and convenient 100-calorie, high fiber rolls that can be used for sandwiches or hamburgers. I am aware of two brands right now, but if they become popular, then others will follow soon. In your grocery, look for Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats or Arnold's Sandwich Thins. They come in white, whole wheat, multi grain or rye! All varieties average around 20 grams carbohydrate and 5 grams fiber (a net carb count of 15 grams).

I can't claim this sandwich recipe as my own, but I can claim it as one of my favorites. I'd forgotten about it until recently when my daughter added the ingredients to a shopping list, and now I've had three this week! The flavored hummus packs a nice punch, while the cucumber adds a cool and satisfying crunch. Add a salad for a nice lunch or it stands alone as great afternoon snack.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus & Cucumber Sandwich
(Makes 1)

1 thin sandwich roll (see brand suggestions above)
2 tablespoons roasted red pepper hummus
5 slices cucumber
1 slice Colby-jack cheese
Baby lettuce or green leaf lettuce

1. If desired, toast sandwich roll. Spread with hummus and top with cheese, cucumber and lettuce. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information per serving: 224 calories, 26.7 g carbohydrates, 10 g total fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 5.8 g fiber, 10.1 g protein.

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