The beauty of this quick and simple lunch is that it tastes like you should’ve paid at least $10 for it at a specialty cafe, and the flavor and texture combination is spot-on: mellow avocado, creamy and tangy goat cheese, and warm, sweet strawberries. If you have fresh mint or basil on hand, that would take it over the top. Seriously, your taste buds will thank you for the welcome change from the mundane PB&J or turkey and mustard. I served mine with a spinach salad topped with fresh blueberries, rosemary and black pepper flavored almonds (Blue Diamond brand), and a light raspberry vinaigrette.
2 slices lower calorie whole wheat bread (Sara Lee Delightful or Nature’s Own are my picks)
3-4 strawberries, thinly sliced
2 t balsamic vinegar
1/2 of a small avocado, sliced/mashed (or 1/3 of a large)
1 oz. goat cheese (plain or garlic herb seasoned)
salt, pepper, additional herbs/seasonings
Spread the goat cheese on one slice of the bread, season, and toast both pieces for a few minutes until nice and crunchy (the fillings are all soft, so you need a good contrast). Saute the strawberries in a pan sprayed with cooking spray over low/medium heat. Add the balsamic vinegar to the pan, and cook just until the berries are a little soft and warm. Spread the avocado on the other slice of bread, top with balsamic strawberries, add any fresh herbs you have on hand, and take that first creamy-cruncy-tangy-sweet bite!