Years ago, I visited this adorable little town in Northern California called Grass Valley. While there, I dined at a cafe and decided to pretend I’m a local and ordered the best vegetarian sandwich with avocado, broccoli sprouts, cream cheese and tomato.
It was at this moment I learned my love of avocado was deep. We’re still going strong to this day.
So this is a fun little sandwich that is a delicious and creative way to use sprouts as well as other fresh veggies like tomatoes. There are also some insane health benefits of broccoli sprouts that are 100% worth incorporating into your diet.
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The best part about this is that you’re going to have a new vegetarian sandwich idea to add to your menu rotation that requires zero cooking! The most advanced form of cooking required here is toasting bread. That means lunch or dinner in less than 5 minutes, folks! Can’t beat it.
What are broccoli sprouts
Broccoli sprouts are the baby stages of broccoli heads. They are considered a microgreen because they are picked from the ground right after the seeds have germinated and break through the ground.
They can be eaten raw, or cooked. They don’t taste strongly of broccoli but definitely have an earthy, nutty, rich, flavor. I would compare their taste to something like arugula and other leafy green vegetables.
You can purchase broccoli sprouts at most major grocery stores, farmers markets, and certainly specialty health food stores.
Benefits of broccoli sprouts
Broccoli sprouts boast a ton of amazing health benefits and are so good for you. To maximize their health boosting benefits, eat them raw. It’s fine to eat them cooked, however they loose some nutritional value during the cooking process.
They are packed with vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, C, Iron and Calcium. These little sprouts are also showing promising signs of cancer fighting benefits.
Because of the density of Sulforaphane found in the vegetable, it is found it can reduce inflammation in the heart and brain, can remove plaques, and can reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
This little microgreen is highly promoted by biochemist Dr. Rhonda Patrick, due to their nutrition density and accessibility.
Recipe & Variations
This isn’t just your traditional, run of the mill, avocado toast sandwich. No, it’s so much more than that! You can use this recipe as a baseline to start experimenting with fun and different combinations and flavors.
Use Different Breads
In this recipe, we use fresh and lightly toasted Asiago cheese bread. You can use any type of bread that has a thick enough crust to support the weight of the ingredients.
Try using a French or Italian bread if you’re looking for mild flavor and a soft interior. This Ciabatta bread from Whole Foods is another great choice.
You can use foccaia because it’s nice and thick and will hold the toppings well. It’ll also make for a fuller meal!
A nice, freshly made sourdough bread would also compliment the different textures and flavors with each sandwich you create.
The only types of bread I would avoid are the ones with a sweetness added to them, like a raison or honey as this is more of a savory dish. The sweet elements might through off the flavor profile too much, so best to avoid.
Need a low carb bread option? Try this low carb bread made with almond flour for your next yummy sandwich.
Experiment with Toppings and Spreads
Don’t have the good green stuff? Try using hummus. I usually add both hummus and avocado to these sandwiches but have also tried this recipe using only hummus as the vegetarian spread and loved it. Again, it’s what I have on hand at the time.
Try different flavored cream cheeses such as chive or vegetable. I hear there is an amazing “everything but the bagel” cream cheese spread out there everyone loves. You can even try sprinkling on the seasoning if you can’t find it!
Avocado vs guacamole
You can use fresh avocado or home made guacamole. You can even use store bought guac, no problem! In this recipe, I actually used Whole Foods brand guacamole. Why? Because that is what I had in the refrigerator already and you know I’m a fan of not having to buy anything extra!
You can also buy guacamole and tweak the spice levels or citric levels by adding more of the flavors you love!
Broccoli Sprouts and Avocado Sandwich
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Broccoli Sprouts and Cream Cheese Sandwich
- 8 slices Asiago Cheese Bread
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cup broccoli sprouts
- 1 cup guacamole
- 2 Tomatoes sliced
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Spread the cream cheese evenly on 4 slices of the light toasted bread.
- Spread the avocado or guacamole evenly on the other 4 slices of the light toasted bread.
- Top each side with an even distribution of sprouts and tomatoes
- Sprinkle lightly with salt and better to taste.
- Place the cream cheesed bread on top of the other slices and press down firmly, slice in half
- Serve and enjoy!