Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Leadville sandwiches

"What did you say??! Leadville?"

Yes. Leadville hummus sandwiches.

It all started on our drive from Wyoming to Colorado in July. We drove through many teeny towns (even a town called Dinosaur- another story of its own!), and one of them included Leadville, CO. Ok, maybe not so teeny, but it really is only one main street.

We remembered Tyler and Lara telling us about a little cafe that roasts their own coffee somewhere in this region (they drove through here on their honeymoon). So when we saw a sign that said the exact thing, we pulled up next to it. Plus, it was lunchtime, so...all the more reason for this girl to want to stop (I like regular meal times!).

Not only did this cafe have coffee, but they also had gluten-free sandwiches. "Shut. The. Front. Door! No way!" (as Amy H. would say). Hummus sandwiches looked pretty awesome to all three of us after a long drive. A legend was born.

These sandwiches are amazing. And they're perfectly healthy, and vegetarian (even vegan!). They will forever be a memory, and a traditional family fixing from now on. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

(For more on the back story, go to my Mom's blog!)

Leadville Sandwich (inspired by City on a Hill Cafe!)

2 slices hearty gluten-free bread, toasted (such as this one)
A generous spreading of hummus (recipe to follow), about 3 tbsp
Carrots, shredded
Cucumbers, thinly sliced
Bean sprouts, about 1 tbsp (in Czech- can be found as "Baby mungo")
Avocado, sliced

Spread a generous amount of hummus on each slice of toasted bread. Then add shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, avocados, and bean sprouts. Think of Leadville!

Now for the hummus recipe...

Homemade Hummus (adapted from the Vita-mix cookbook)

2 cans chick peas, one drained, one with liquid
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted until golden-brown
1/2 avocado
3-4 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1 tsp cumin

Place all ingredients, except salt into the Vitamix (or food processor). Blend until smooth, being sure to scrape the sides occasionally. Add more oil if needed. Season to taste with salt.

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