Friday, January 6, 2012

Second Best Lunch Ever!

I stumbled upon a gem in the midst of my culinary laziness that I feel obligated to share because it is so simple and affordable. All you need is a Trader Joe's, a microwave, and a little time in the morning to make a sandwich. 

Roasted Red Pepper-Palooza!
Part 1: Sandwich. 
Make this in the morning so that the rice cakes soften up in time for lunch.
-Pull out two ricecakes, our trusty and affordable bread substitute. 
-On one ricecake, spread a thick layer of Trader Joe's Roasted Red Pepper Spread with Egglplant and Garlic. This stuff is flavorful and adds a delicious pop to sandwiches.
-Place some turkey lunchmeat atop the rice cake with the roasted red pepper spread. 
-Add a slice of mozzarella cheese to your sandwich base.
-Spread a thin layer of light mayonnaise on the other ricecake. This will add creaminess and dimension to the sandwich AND will really help the roasted red pepper spread pop. 
-Put the two halves together and place in a container to "marinate" until lunch.

Part 2: Soup.
-Microwave a bowl of Trader Joe's Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup. This soup is so creamy, plus the tomato and roasted red pepper flavors subtly combine to create soup bliss. Enjoy alongside your sandwich. 

Roasted red pepper overkill? Not really. Both portions of this meal have a common thread, but they actually have unique flavors. Spicy? Not at all. Just flavorful and satisfying! Simple? You betcha. Best part? You'll feel full for only 330 calories! 

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