Pressed Sweet Potato and Avocado Sandwich

Looking for new ways to enjoy two of my favorite foods – sweet potatoes and avocados – I came up with this simple sandwich combination for lunch.

Here is what you’ll need:

Sweet Potato Avocado Sandwich Ingredients

Whole wheat bread, red onion, avocado, sweet potato, baby spinach, Laughing Cow cheese wedges, olive oil, salt and pepper.

First, slice the potato and onion into roughly 1/4″ slices and roast in the oven (with olive oil, salt and pepper) until tender.

Sweet Potato Avocado Sandwich Sliced Potato and Onion

Here are the roasted taters and onions:

Sweet Potato Avocado Sandwich Roasted Potato and Onion

Yummy. Now you’ll assemble your sandwich with the rest of the ingredients as beautifully illustrated here.

Sweet Potato Avocado Sandwich Assembly

Cook sandwiches in a large skillet with cooking spray as you would a grilled cheese sandwich, until the bread is lightly toasted and the inside is warm. I like to smoosh the sandwich as flat as I can with the back of my spatula, to ensure that everything holds together and is warm throughout.

Sweet Potato Avocado Sandwich

Now you are ready to eat! We enjoyed our sandwiches with a side of sliced apples.

Sweet Potato Avocado Sandwich Closeup

I loved how beautiful the orange and green colors were, just like the orange and green in my Avocado-Carrot Salad from earlier this week.

This hit the spot and was the perfect fuel for a 4-mile afternoon trail run/walk.

RECIPE

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Pressed Sweet Potato & Avocado Sandwich

A colorful easy-to-make vegetarian sandwich for all the sweet potato and avocado lovers out there.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 light Laughing Cow cheese wedges, any flavor
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Toss sweet potato and onion with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Spread potatoes and onion in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, turning half-way through until the sweet potato is tender when pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.
  4. Spread 2 slices of bread, each with a cheese wedge. Top with spinach, onion, potato and avocado. Place the remaining bread slices on top.
  5. Place a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  6. Carefully add both sandwiches to the skillet and press with the back of the spatula to compress the sandwich together. (Alternatively, if you own a panini press, you can use that to “grill” your sandwich.) Once the bottom is lightly toasted, flip and press again.

Serves 2.

Tip: I used Laughing Cow’s Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle flavor, but you can use any of their savory light cheese spreads.

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Laughing Cow light cheese wedges are only 35 calories and they are so creamy that they spread nicely on sandwiches like the one above. After making this sandwich, my imagination ran wild with alternate sweet potato combinations, so expect to see more sandwich creations like this in the future.

Have you ever had a potato sandwich? What is your favorite combination?

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4 thoughts on “Pressed Sweet Potato and Avocado Sandwich

  1. Wow, that looks FREAKING AMAZING. I love sweet potatoes and actually just finished writing about the magical “honey” you get from them: http://fedupfood.com/2012/04/13/someone-please-bottle-this-stuff/

  2. This is brilliant. And easy. Thanks for the idea!

    • I also envision a spread made from goat cheese, greek yogurt and roasted red pepper (blended together) as an alternative to the Laughing Cow cheese. You could also do roasted portobello mushrooms for an added layer of earthy flavor.

  3. Not only does this look yum…it looks filling. The avocado for the protein and two types of carbs seem like a great dinner to prepare for a long distance run in the morning.

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