For my little princess who will eat nothing but – a Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich for her school lunch.
I have been through this kind of “phase” before with the big sister, who took butter and cucumber tea sandwich to her preschool for two years. While it is really alright and a easy to pack the lunch box, I wonder how one can eat the same thing for that long!
Not that I am complaining and some have been wondering what magic spell we dusted on her, to have her eat and want something so healthy. But I have not done anything. This girl loves Hummus, at least for now. She will even lick the spoon that stirs the Hummus. I am kind of holding my breath right now and not wanting this obsession to be over too soon.
I have talked about the weekly food calendar we make for school lunch. The sandwich is all that goes in there for my 5 year old. Sometimes she will add a pouch of Go-Gurt. And of course a Hershey’s Kisses with some kisses from mommy. It is so hard letting go of her in the mornings. All dressed, hair tied, shoes laced up and the big backpack hanging well below her dress, she walks away after a big hug and a kiss; the day begins for us, but I feel kind of drained for the first half hour, I miss her so bad. But I know time will make it better. It did with my 10 year old… all but a part of life but letting go ain’t easy.
And and little note from me keeps her smiling and secured…
Well there is nothing much to a Hummus and Cuke Sandwich; other than some Hummus and Cucumber… and I still decided to post this; not much for a recipe but more for the records.
Cucumber – nice, fresh ones. The less seeds the better.
Slice them fine, so they do not make the sandwich fall open on the tiny little hands.
No magic dust, but a drizzle of red pepper or freshly ground black pepper, if the child can tolerate it. But of course it is optional.
Slices of bread, lightly toasted. I usually use the seedless Rye Bread. The firm texture holds up better than the regular sliced bread and these do not get “soggy”. (These below are not the Rye Bread).
Homemade Chickpea and Walnut Hummus.
A very generous smear of Hummus on both the slices. This ensures the slices stick well with the cucumber in between.
and lunch is ready…Oh! yes! and a note from mommy sealed with a kiss.
Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich
- bread, sliced – any kind you like
- Chickpea Walnut Hummus – or any other store bought or homemade Hummus (my recipe and link follows)
- Cucumber, very thinly sliced
- red crushed pepper or freshly ground black pepper
For Chickpea Walnut Hummus:
- 1/4 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (more or less to suit your taste)
- 1/4 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
- 1 cup cooked (or canned) Garbanzo beans/Chickpeas/Chana, drained
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tablespoon white sesame seeds, very lightly toasted
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup (approx) hot water or cooking liquid of the chickpeas
Making the Hummus:
Process the walnuts a in the food processor, until they are coarsely ground/of sandy texture.
Add the garbanzos/chickpeas, olive oil, sesame seeds, garlic, paprika and lemon juice and part of the water. Now process until smooth. Drizzle in the water a bit at a time and puree more, until the hummus is creamy. Taste, adjust the seasoning – more salt, more lemon juice, etc.
To assemble the sandwich:
Light toast the bread slices. But this is optional.
Peel the cucumber if you want. Slice the cucumber very very thin.
Smear Hummus on both slices of bread. Layer the cucumber slices on the Hummus over one slices. Top this with the other slice of the bread, the Hummus side down.
Slice the sandwich into bite size pieces with a sharp knife, if you wish. I usually make 4 squares or 4 triangles out of a sandwich.