If you are trying to reduce bread or eating sandwiches too often, then I highly recommend you give this a go. It might seem a bit mad but I find it really satisfying and so long as the flavours are tasty, I don’t miss the bread.
Firstly I like flavour, so I make a creamy pesto which is basically just a pesto but made with soaked cashew nuts and blended till smooth. If you don’t want to make this then buy a good fresh pesto or good quality mayonnaise instead.
1 cup of soaked cashew nuts
1 handful of fresh basil
1 small clove of garlic
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Blend altogether in a blender till smooth and store in an old jam jar in the fridge. It lasts for four days.
For the “sandwiches”
4-6 iceberg, little gem, romaine or chicory leaves.
Here are some of my favourite fillings:
Avocado, red onion, cherry tomato, poached chicken, cucumber and basil;
Smoked mackerel, spring onion, avocado, watercress, grated carrot and beetroot;
Tuna, spring onion, cherry tomato, capers and dill;
Prawn, red onion, mango and coriander;
Chickpea and lemon pâté with spring onion and cherry tomato.
The larger the lettuce leaf, the easier it is to wrap. But if you are using a small little gem leaf then just load up a mouthful of the ingredients on the end of the leaf and bite, then repeat!
Worst case scenario, if you don’t get time to buy all the filling – then buy a sandwich with a healthy filling, remove the bread and load the filling into some lettuce leaves and enjoy.