A colleague of mine suggested that I try this place called Frais Café. It is located near my work on Beaver Hall just south of René Lévesque. It's a little sandwich, salad and soup shop; kind of like a fancy Cultures. They had a couple of vegetarian options and the one that got my attention was a pear and brie sandwich. I ordered that with a minestrone soup and it was delicious! Then I thought "hey! I can do that!" And so I did. That evening, I went grocery shopping and got my stuff together and made myself an amazing lunch. Let me show you what I did.
- Raisins and nuts muesli bread from Moulin Rouge bakery
- Arugula lettuce
- Hummus (I got the roasted garlic one to add another dimension of flavour)
- Brie cheese
It's a sandwich. So, it's just a matter of putting all this stuff together between two slices of bread. You can do a PB&J sandwich? Then you can do this too.
First off, slice a pear into thin slices, making sure you remove the core.
Spread hummus on both slices of bread and add the pears.
Slice the Brie cheese lengthwise and add to the sandwich along with the Arugula lettuce and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Add some chips and some salted mixed nuts for a little extra protein and you got yourself a well balanced vegetarian sandwich meal.
This was absolutely delicious. Sweet and salty at the same time. I love it! And the key here is the bread. If you can't find this kind of bread, just get regular multi-grain bread. Don't use raisin bread like the Sun Maid one. This is too sweet and has cinnamon and stuff. If you can't have nuts, try something else for the protein like a bean salad or quinoa salad.
That's gonna be my lunch for the week!