Have you ever been to Panera? Heard of it?
I don't know if they are nation wide or not. It is basically a coffee bagel shop. The bread place is what we call it. We meet there with friends several Saturdays a month. Usually we just get their bagels. They seriously have some awesome bagels and pastries.
This time, my friend ordered the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich. She shared it with me. It was amazing. We found out it was a pesto hummus. I thought,
"I can recreate this!" So I set out to make my copy cat version of Panera's sandwich.
The bread was really sweet, we decided it must be a tomato basil bread.
So at home, I googled tomato basil bread and pesto hummus. I found several recipes, I altered them to my tastes and voila! My sandwich was created!
This was amazing. Seriously amazing. Like I could eat it every day for a month kind of amazing.
The bread wasn't as fluffy and sweet as Panera but it was still very flavorful and delicious. There was feta on the sandwich and I did NOT put it on my sandwich but adds a nice tang to it.
The pesto hummus would taste good on my shoe. Wow. It was SO GOOD. I didn't miss the meat at all. Nope, not a bit.
Go make this. You won't be disappointed.
Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich with Pesto Hummus
Inspired from Panera sandwich
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tbsp. lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tbsp. tahini
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted and cooled
2 tbsp. water (more or less as desired for consistency)
In a food processor, combine all the ingredients. Add water slowly until desired consistency is reached.
Spread tomato basil bread with Pesto Hummus on both sides. Top with lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Add feta (optional, I didn't use this but it was on the original sandwich) Enjoy!
Calories for pesto hummus = 1100
I don't have an exact calorie count for this but it's very healthy !!
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.