I'm not a huge sandwich girl. I don't typically pack one for lunch at work or come home on a Saturday and throw one together. However, I know that sandwiches can be part of a quick and simple, fueling and nutritious meal when on the go and pressed for time, if thrown together correctly.
With that said, this weekend I decided to give the sandwich a try. I decided to embrace it but embrace it with a twist. I wanted to escape the every-day turkey on wheat with lettuce, tomato and mustard so I took a minute and thought about some of my favorite ingredients and determined what I already had in my pantry. It had also just watched a show on the Food Network where the chefs discussed how the key to a great dish is simplicity and so I aimed to follow their guidance and keep the ingredients minimal but still memorable. And what I came up with, I think, is a win. It's SUPER simple but the flavors contrast and complement well, supporting those Food Network chef's theory on food simplicity. The peppery arugula combined with the sharpness from the cheddar cheese are balanced with the touch of sweetness from the fig preserves, and all of this is held together by my favorite bread, the Flax & Chia Seed bread from Central Market, for a sandwich that is, to me, delicious & exciting with every bite.
So here you go - my Fig & Cheddar Turkey Melt...
Fig & Cheddar Turkey Melt
- 2 slices whole grain bread (I used by favorite bread from Central Market - flax & chia)
- 2 teaspoons fig preserves
- 2 ounces deli turkey
- 1 1/2 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh arugula
BONUS - WHAT'S IN THIS?!?!
Arugula - vitamin K, vitamin A
Turkey - protein, nicain, vitamin B6, iron, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, selenium
Cheese - protein, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, riboflavin, vitamin A, zinc, selenium
Dried Figs - potassium, fiber, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese
Bread - flaxseed = fiber, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, omega 3's ; chia seeds = fiber, omega 3's, protein, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese