For the final installment of our Going Green series I wanted to create a green sandwich spread. Something we could all keep in our fridge for a quick snack, breakfast spread, or brown bag lunch. Hummus is my go to and I also love vegan cream cheese with cucumbers and dill. I wanted to break out of that comfort zone and venture into the green. I called it the Green With Envy spread because when your co-workers, family members or friends see you noshing on this… straight from the sun-and-bosom of the Earth sandwich spread-that could heal your heart-and-fill you with joy….they will be green with envy. At that point, in the true spirit of veganism and compassion, you should share your recipe or perhaps even half of your sandwich.
Green With Envy Spread
By: S. Duquet
1 1/2 C fresh parsley
2/3 C raw walnuts
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Pinch of sea salt
A lot of fresh cracked black pepper
Make it Happen
Put all ingredients in food processor or blender and pulse until blended into desired consistency. Spread on crusty bread, crackers, pita or celery. This is like the green equivalent of peanut butter. You will want to spread it on anything that isn’t tied down. I made a sandwich with a toasted Ezekial 7 Grain English Muffin, radishes and yellow pepper.
I layered each ingredient on top of generously spread muffin halves, dusted it with fresh cracked pepper then enjoyed it immensely.
The spread is fresh and savory. It has the heft of hummus or cream cheese without any added oil. The Chia seeds provide protein, Omega 3′s, calcium and fiber in abundance. If you would like to learn more about the nutritional benefits of Chia seeds, here is a link to more information. I used them instead of vegan mayo or mustard because I knew that they would gel the spread together without changing the bright flavor created with the fresh parsley and walnuts.
They not only did that, they made it into a nutritionally dynamic spread. I used fresh parsley and walnuts to create the base. Feel free to interchange the herb or nut or spices to make it your own tasty spread. Cant wait to hear about it. I just love convenience foods that are actually convenient and healthy.
Have a delicious day.
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