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Mediterranean Open-Faced Sandwich

10 Nov

Lately I have been kinda lazy…  With lots of work and travel, I have not been the most creative in the kitchen, cooking from scratch for myself.  For lunch or dinner, lots of sandwiches and snack foods.  I know… not so good.

But I was training for a half marathon so I needed to get some good vegetarian protein in my diet especially for after my workouts.  They help rebuild muscle when taken right after training.  I sometimes turn to my trusted pretzels with hummus combination… or my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  But I had gone to La Hacienda, a popular gourmet market and deli here in Puerto Rico and I had bought a garbanzo bean salad and this is what I came up with it…  you can call it a pizza or an open-faced sandwich, but there’s no denying that you will certainly be adding “mouth-watering” and “addictive” to whichever name you choose.

Open-Faced Med Sandwich


1 flat bread of your choice…  I like FlatOut brand
½ cup of cooked garbanzo beans or garbanzo bean salad from La Hacienda
3 wedges of avocado
1 roma tomato, sliced
2 large handfuls of mesclun salad greens
Kosher Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This is just assembling…

  1. Drizzle and spread some olive oil to the flat bread and toast it in the oven…  I like my flat breads crispy.  I use the toaster feature in Light.
  2. Take the toasted flat bread from the oven and place the garbanzo bean salad and the avocado wedges and mash it all together with a fork trying to cover as much flatbread surface as possible.  You can sprinkle a little salt, pepper and olive oil to the mixture while you’re mashing.
  3. Place tomato slices over the mashed garbanzo/avocado mixture.
  4. Place mesclun greens or even baby spinach over the tomato slices.  Season salad greens with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  5. Cut into pieces using a pizza cutter…  I found it was easier than using a knife.

Med Sandwich Generic - website

Med Sandwich - Just a piece

Tip:   I found the mashing worked best than leaving the garbanzos and avocados in pieces… they would roll off the flat bread and I ended up eating more out of the plate with a fork than over the bread itself.  So that’s why I recommend mashing…

Flat Out Flat Bread

26 Jul

Every time I find a great product I want to share it all with you…  This is the case with these Flat Out Flatbreads.  I saw them for the first time at Costco and even though I am not a fan of wraps, I liked the fact they were made with whole grains – 100% stone-ground whole wheat and flax seed.  So I decided to try them out.

These are FANTASTIC!!!  I use them as a quick and easy crust for pizzas all the time.  They are ready to go anytime and taste delicious.  I have made my Simpler Popeye Pizza on them… my Pizza Rosa…  regular tomato, cheese and basil pizza on them… and even a Hawaiian Pizza, as you can see right here.



I have only seen them at Costco in Puerto Rico, but I have seen them in Florida at Winn Dixies, etc.  So I am confident you’ll be able to find them in your local supermarket too.

Simpler Popeye Pizza

21 Jun

This Popeye Pizza has become a real pizza staple flavor in my house… even for my friend Annie Mariel, this is our go-to pizza flavor we prepare at home now.  It’s the perfect midnight snack… 😉

But I have never made this pizza recipe for anyone at the yoga center, so I thought it would be a perfect flavor to enter into the Pizza Contest we were having a few weekends ago.  I would just have to simplify it that same way we had simplified it for our midnight snack raids – because at 2AM, I am no fan of taking out 3 different cheeses and grate by hand  to make pizza.  Here is my simplified version with no compromising on taste…


1 flatbread
A handful of Italian Cheese blend of shredded cheeses
Parmesan Cheese, grated – hey ,I buy it pre-grated and sometimes I use the green can too…
A super mound of baby spinach, about 2-3 handfuls
Salt and Pepper to taste
A drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Pre-heat your toaster oven to 450F.
  2. Place the flatbread on a cookie sheet…  I use the small cookie sheet from my toaster oven.
  3. And top with the topping in this order – first place the Italian cheese blend, enough to cover the bottom of the flatbread. Then sprinkle the parmesan cheese.  Top with the mounds of fresh baby spinach.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and finish with a small drizzle of olive oil.   
  4. Place in oven for about 5-10 minutes, until most of the spinach wilts and the cheese on the borders gets some golden brown flecks.
  5. Slice it and enjoy. 


I love this pizza, Annie Mariel loves it, Jonathan loves it, my mom loves it…  I am telling you it’s a real hit.  And after a night of partying 😉   – it really hits the spot…



Do you think I could have won with this Popeye Pizza at the Pizza Contest??    I wouldn’t doubt it…

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