Here is a super quick and easy recipe that I have for lunch quite often in some form or another – Avocado, Tomato and Cheeseburger. I am finally writing it down as a “proper” recipe because of countless requests by some of you here and on Google+ for quick recipes.
I’ll also take this opportunity to let you know of the new categories that I’ve introduced on LinsFood in keeping with the quick theme:
30 Minute Easy Meals – these are complete meals
One Pot Meals – not necessarily quick, but all in one
You’ll also find most of the above links on the sidebar; if you’re on your mobile (or small tablet), the sidebar is below the content, otherwise it’s on the right as you’re looking at the screen.
Back to today’s recipe then, Avocado, Tomato and Cheese Burger. I am going to give you the basic version, with suggestions for glamourising it, whether with the sauces you use, the side salad or adding to the filling.
What cheese to use? That’s a matter of preference, I am a huge fan of good cheddar but almost any cheese will work here, soft or hard.
Why this Avocado, Tomato and Cheeseburger is good for YOU!
Without getting too technical on you, this is one nutrient packed lunch! I’m only giving a brief summary of the nutrients here, going into detail would require more pages than you have time for!
Avocados – on its own, an avocado is nutrient packed.
- high in what we know as “good” fat, monounsaturated fat is believed to be good on your heart and helps to regulate cholesterol levels
- the healthy fat in avocado also helps your body absorb fat soluble nutrients (like vitamins A, D & E)
- contains more potassium than a banana, gram for gram
- contains many more vitamins and minerals in smaller proportions
- great source of beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamin C, proven antioxidants
- packed with so many other essential nutrients like folate, vit K, etc
We all know cheese is a good source of calcium but it also contains so much more. Cheddar cheese is a good source of vitamins A and B2, as well as selenium.
If you use a seeded wholemeal bun, you will increase the amount of good and slow protein, allowing for a slower release of energy from this meal, which means your blood sugar levels are not going to go crazy on you.
There you have it folks, add some green leaves to your sandwich whether in or on the side, and you are on to a winning lunch in so many ways. I’m having this again today, without the mayo but with a touch of this Chilli Paste, my favourite condiment.
- 1 wholemeal burger bun or bun of your choice (seeded is great)
- half an avocado
- 1 medium tomato
- cheese (I like cheddar)
- Salad to serve - salad leaves, cucumbers
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Capsicum (bell pepper)
- Pomegranate (for some bling!)
- Chilli Sauce
- Balsamic glaze
- Put the grill (broiler) on high to preheat.
- Slice the bun and place in a toaster to toast lightly.
- While the bun is toasting, slice your avocado half into about 6 thin slices, then slice your tomatoes and cucumber if using for salad.
- Butter the toasted bun slices.
- Grate the cheese.
- Start topping your burger bun, either just one half or both, up to you. My layering: tomatoes, avocado, cheese.
- Place under the hot grill for about 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Top with more cheese if you fancy!