Looking for a healthy lunch or dinner to keep you fit and nourished throughout the holidays? Don't wait until the New Year to enjoy this Skinny Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Sandwich. Your tastebuds and your waistline will thank you!
Today's delicious post is brought to you courtesy of Sara Lee®; however, all recipes and opinions are 100% my own.
Any regular blog readers know that I've talked before about my efforts over the past year to keep myself as healthy and happy as possible. Any busy mom can relate to the constant juggling act, exhausting days, and competing demands that often define our existence. It's so easy to get caught in the daily grind and forget to think about ourselves! What I've learned over the past few years, however, is that the go-go-go always catches up with us.
After giving birth to three baby boys in less than 4 years, I was tired of feeling pregnant, overwhelmed, and...TIRED! I needed to find a way to control my migraines and to regain my sense of "self." There is definitely more to me than just being a mom, and I needed to find that again.
Long story short: I have spent the past year working on creating a more balanced life for myself...because when I'm happier, everyone in the house is happier! So what does my version of "healthy" and "balanced" look like? It means that I try to eat a nutritious, varied diet most of the time, while still treating myself to my favorite indulgences. It means that I make an effort to get out of bed just a few minutes earlier on most mornings to squeeze in a short workout before the kids wake up (and by short, I mean: 10 minutes!). I religiously plan social get-togethers with my girlfriends, regardless of how busy the rest of my schedule gets, so that I have some downtime to socialize and enjoy their company. And I try to get enough rest...although this is a ongoing struggle for me!
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Whether or not you're on a healthy journey of your own, we could probably all use some new inspiration to get our diets back on a healthy track before the year is over. Enough with the Christmas cookies...bring on the veggies! With the help of Sara Lee® Delightful Breads, you can enjoy a good-for-you meal that tastes delicious and keeps you satisfied through your crazy busy days!
Sara Lee® Delightful Breads are all heart-healthy and provide an excellent source of fiber in each serving. The bread offers delicious taste and texture with only 45 calories per slice! Plus, it comes in a variety of flavors including Oatmeal (which is new!), 100% Whole Wheat (made with real honey), Healthy Multi-Grain, and Wheat. The Delightful line is available in supermarkets nationwide, so it's easy to grab a loaf whenever you're shopping!
And while I HIGHLY recommend making this sandwich, you are certainly not limited to just this option. Use the light bread with any of your favorite spreads, including peanut butter, jam, or soft cheese; or shave some calories off of your favorite French toast or bread pudding recipes. Basically, this bread is the best of both worlds: it functions like regular bread, but it has far fewer calories!
And this sandwich! Can we discuss? Oh my goodness, it's so delicious and it's SO easy! Stuffed full of hummus, roasted zucchini, roasted sweet red onions, olives, peppers, spinach, and feta cheese, your mouth will love the textures and variety of flavors, while your body will love the nutrients!
If you're like me and you don't usually have a lot of time to prepare a fancy lunch (or dinner), then take this little tip to make your routine even smoother: slice and roast the zucchini and the onion in advance, whenever you have a free moment. Keep the cooked vegetables stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator. You can enjoy them on a sandwich whenever the urge strikes you, and any left-over veggies can be tossed into salads, thrown into soups, and used to bulk up casseroles. They're versatile and tasty, so they won't go to waste!
By roasting the veggies ahead of time, all of your work is done. Then it's just a matter of assembling your sandwich when you're ready to eat!
Enjoy this nutritious and delicious meal throughout the holidays and into the New Year, and be sure to share your personal health transformation in the Sara Lee® 45 Delightful People program.
Skinny Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
- 2 slices Sara Lee Delightful 45 calorie bread
- 2 tablespoons hummus
- 2 tablespoons sliced roasted red peppers
- ¼ cup loosely-packed baby spinach leaves
- 1 zucchini thinly sliced
- 1 red onion thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon sliced black olives
- 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon mild banana peppers
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Place sliced zucchini and onion in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle or spray lightly with olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Roast zucchini and onion in oven for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until reach desired tenderness. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Spread hummus on one slice of bread.
- Top hummus with spinach leaves, red peppers, roasted zucchini and onion, olives, banana peppers, and feta cheese. Top with additional slice of bread.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®.