Saturday Sandwiches

What is a Saturday sandwich? At the most basic level, it’s a veggie sandwich. But it’s also a sandwich that takes time to construct and therefore represents the leisurely way we try to spend our time on the weekends. Saturday’s are a time to hang out, run errands, play outside and enjoy lunch all together without the usual rush of a weeknight. I have time to slice the four different veggies and shmear the three different shmears (or five veggies and two shmears depending on you count avocado) and the bread doesn’t get soggy! I realize this may sound totally mundane but taking time to put together a really good sandwich and then eating that really good sandwich is very satisfying.

Saturday sandwiches

I’ve tried making this sandwich at work where I bring all the ingredients and assemble them at my desk. That experience is less than ideal. So I simplified and adapted the ingredients to make it easy to bring a veggie sandwich to work but it’s not the same. Lunch at work is a quick affair. Lunch on the weekends is relaxing. Just look at this picture!


And in case you’re wondering, Max’s lunch today consisted of peanut butter and jelly sandwich, veggie straws, hummus and grapes which he enjoyed as much as we savored our sandwiches.

Max lunch

Writing directions for how to make this sandwich reminds me of an assignment I had in elementary school when we had to write out the instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I don’t know why we did that or what we were supposed to learn but I guess it’s coming in handy now!

Source: James and Emily

1 T. pesto
1 T. hummus
1/4 avocado
1 slice of sharp cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you prefer)
1 slice tomato
4 slices cucumber, cut thin
1 small handful of lettuce
1 slice roasted red pepper
2 slices of bread


  1. Add pesto to one slide of bread and hummus to the other. Using a fork, smash the avocado onto one of the slices of bread.
  2. On one slide of bread, start building your new favorite sandwich! Layer:  lettuce, tomato, roasted red pepper, cucumber, cheese. Top with the other bread and you’re ready to eat!


One Comment Add yours

  1. Barbara Grambow says:

    Max looks delighted with this great dining selection (construction)

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