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A BLT is sort of like mac and cheese, in that it’s beauty lies in it’s utter simplicity. But when something is so delicious, it’s often tempting to try to improve upon the classic. For example, adding spicy wilted greens, or even lobster, to mac and cheese makes it pretty fantastic. Or adding avocado to a BLT, or sneaking a rich, runny egg in between the bread slices is totally wonderful. No one has ever said ‘no’ to any of these fabulous elaborations.
Enter flatbread. When I was blessed with a couple extra shrimp leftover from last night’s rice bowl, I jumped at the chance to add them to a flatbread BLT for lunch today, especially since that meant that my better half and I wouldn’t have to spar for the last couple shrimp! Two shrimp do not make a meal, people, not by a long shot. It would only be a matter of time before I’d walk into the kitchen to find him popping them into his mouth with abandon, so I had to think fast. By adding them to a brand new meal, we could share them, which is completely fair and more than generous of me, if I do say so myself….leftover shrimp don’t last long around here.
The things we do for love. Shrimp love, that is! Every bit a BLT, this flatbread sammie is even better with a tender, juicy shrimp nestled in with the other ingredients. Just grab some flatbread, find your juiciest tomato, smokiest bacon, crispiest lettuce, and favorite mayonnaise. Then add some shrimp: large or small, it doesn’t matter! If you have shrimp for one, but need a meal for two, you can make this indulgent take on an already delicious and classic sandwich.
-Amy at Flatout
I have a thing for eggplants. First of all, they are delicious. They’re such a beautiful, deep dark purple (or white, or green) and an otherworldly shape. They make a nice, satisfying thunk when you pat them. With their super shiny skin and crazy shapes, I’m always impressed when I see a mature fruit, hanging off its plant.
But despite my efforts, I’ve never been able to successfully grow an eggplant, ever. In fact, they seem impossible to grow. How does something that appears to look so manufactured, more like part vegetable, part new car, actually grow? Evidently they need a ton of sunlight, and pretty consistent warm temperatures, to get a good yield. At this point in my life, and in my gardening career, I prefer to think of them as just magical.
Eggplant slices can be fabulous on the grill, stuffed, or roasted in cubes and then tossed in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and parsley for an impromptu eggplant salad you can stuff in a flatbread, or pick up with some baked flatbread chips. After we’re finished grilling dinner, I’ll often wrap a couple big boys in foil and throw them in the cooler grill to slow roast, pulling them out before bed so I can make baba ghanoush the next day.
My favorite: smoky, silky purée of eggplant, baba ghanoush, is also easy to make, if you have a little extra time and some big gorgeous eggplants. If your grocery your favorite ready made, then by all means use theirs. This flatbread recipe has a lot going on, and it all works perfectly to make a very satisfying, vegetable packed lunch you’ll return to, again and again.
-Amy at Flatout
How cute are these little flatbread rollups? A super simple riff on a classic BLT, with a bit of extra protein oomph from sliced turkey is a snacker’s dream come true.
I’m finally growing my own tomatoes this year. Every other day I’m over at my community garden plot, weeding, watering and coaxing my tomatoes to grow up, up, up into their sturdy wire cages. I WILL have homegrown tomatoes. There will be no excuses this year! No longer will I pay $8/pound for heirloom tomatoes; I will have my own.
Sigh. If I’m being honest, I probably will end up paying (at least) $8/pound on my own tomatoes, if you count the cost of the garden plot, plants, fertilizer, compost, cages, chicken wire, supplies, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears. But there’s something pretty great about having a little piece of land to call your own, albeit temporarily.
The best thing to do with tomatoes? Duh. A BLT. And an even better thing? The TBLT. This flatbread roll-up makes a lovely breakfast for the savory protein lover, a fail-safe lunch at your desk, or a shareable snack for you and your office mate if you have to work late.
Need a quick appetizer for an impromptu potluck party? Look no further than flatbread and make the TBLT, cut it into slices and hold each piece together with a skewer or toothpick. So much more delicious than most of the stuff that people bring, I guarantee. Few can resist the power of the TBLT! And at 4 SmartPoints® value per serving, why would you?
-Amy at Flatout