Yesterday, I made a sandwich for lunch.

(I also threw away two dozen old magazines. And made a donation pile for Goodwill. And listed things to sell on Amazon and eBay.)

Here is how the sandwich part went.

1. I took two pieces of bread, covered one with sliced raw cheddar and stuck them in the 350-degree oven for a little while (maybe five to ten minutes).

bread and cheddar

2. I sliced an avocado in half, removed the pit, sliced the flesh while it was still inside the skin.

add avocado

3. When the bread was good and toasted and the cheese all melty, I put avocado slices on the plain piece.

building the sandwich

4. I sliced a big, fat, juicy red tomato into slices.

add tomato

5. Lettuce (aka mixed greens) goes on top of the avocado, then tomato, then salt and pepper—they’re key.

add lettuce and tomatoes

6. I wanted to add sprouts, but all I could find at Trader Joe’s were microgreens. They’re fun.

add sprouts or microgreens

7. The cheesy piece of bread goes on top, and BAM.

top the sandwich

8. Pure deliciousness.

ALT sandwich plus sprouts and cheddar

Happy Thursday. Happy simplicity.

Hope you have a few good things—like sandwiches or clean shelves or very basic, unremarkable blog posts—to stop and enjoy today.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Lan

    best kind of sandwich. actually, add avocado to anything it’s automatically better.

  2. Shannalee

    So. True.

  3. Jacqui

    This sandwich looks simply perfect! Love the bright colors, and love that Polaroid, too! More, please.

  4. Ginger

    Add meat and I am totally with you. I still have to bribe myself to eat my veggies.

  5. Joanna

    Mmm, the avocado sold me on this. We’ll be eating it this weekend!

  6. Elise

    It’s amazing how really simple, fresh food can be just as satisfying as a meal that takes hours to prepare. Last night I had an Asian-inspired salad with avocado that this sandwich is reminding me of. The ALT sounds delicious too!

  7. Leslie

    YUM! I just ate a huge bowl of mac and cheese. And, now you have me thinking about that avocado sitting on the table. Maybe it’s time for a sandwhich . . .

  8. Lisa

    yum! Where did you find such a red tomato this time of year? Looks delicious!

  9. Anne Zimmerman

    This is more or less what I am eating now — minus the sprouts. I just can’t do sprouts.

  10. Sis

    Gonna be trying this one soon…looks so yum!

  11. Jenny

    mmmm, that looks so tasty. I miss bread.

  12. antonietta

    I had an avocado sandwich today too!

  13. Tim

    You have got it.

  14. The Food Hound

    OK, so I can’t have a BLT without the “B” part… but I’m all about adding avocado! It’s a delish combo!! I’m also loving the addition of cheese– I like how you think!

  15. Shannalee

    Jacqui, Pretty sure it was a conversation with you that prompted me to pull out the Polaroid. So thank you!

    Ginger, When Tim and I made these over the New Year’s holiday, it was with turkey bacon. Excellent! Try it! : )

    Joanna, Right? I love them!

    Elise, So true. I love how you said that.

    Leslie, Definitely! Do it!

    Lisa, It was an organic one from Whole Foods. They’re never quite the same in winter, but it was good. : )

    Anne, If you stuff them in a sandwich, you don’t even notice!

    Sis, Good! Hope you enjoy!

    Jenny, Maybe a GF bread?

    Antonietta, Great minds think alike!

    Tim, Thank you for the inspiration!

    Food Hound, Ha! Well add the B! Enjoy!

  16. Amrita

    Alright, this may sound weird….but even though your sandwich looks like I can have a million of those for lunch, what I’m truly loving is that semi-transparent cutting board you have. We used to use glass exactly like those back in architecture school while making models!

    P.S.:- Lan, I agree with you in all totality.

  17. Shannalee

    Amrita, Ha! It is a hand-me-down cutting board, one that’s gotten a TON of use. : )

  18. Chelsey (Cookteen)

    This looks so refreshing! yum!!!

  19. Shannalee

    Thanks, Chelsey!

  20. Dinners & Dreams

    ALT sounds much better than BLT. Most definitely. Fortunately I happen to love avocado so this is both healthy and delicious to me.


  21. Shannalee

    Nisrine, Fortunately, me too! : )

  22. Treadmill Traci

    How do you get such vivid colors in your photo? It makes me want to go make one too. It looks so simple.

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