I try really hard not to cry at work. But a couple weeks ago, I almost started bawling because I learned that my favorite lunch spot had closed. Sometimes the thought of a kale Caesar salad was the only thing that got me through the morning (yes, kale instead of romaine lettuce makes me feel a little better about myself when I’m eating a Caesar salad with lots of dressing and croutons). I felt like crying, but deep inside, I knew it was going to be a positive thing in my life. I’ve been making a really sincere effort to bring my lunch to work in order to eat healthier and save money and now I (sadly) have one less temptation. Still in mourning, though. That salad was like really, really good.
Bringing lunch to work is a tricky thing for me, and maybe for you, too. I happen to work right next to Boston’s North End… Steps outside my office is the very best pasta and pizza and ridiculous subs and panini. With the temptation of my kale Caesar gone comes temptation number two… The caprese sub, always with prosciutto. Lots of it. Seriously drooling just thinking about it.
When Flatout Flatbread asked if I wanted to work with them on creating a healthy lunch recipe, I was immediately on board. I needed some serious bring-your-lunch-to-work inspiration. Have you tried Flatout yet? They have several bread options, from their original wraps to their Hungry Girl Foldits to their Artisan Thin Pizza Crust.
I decided to make my lunch with the Whole Wheat Hungry Girl Foldit. I love these because they’re made with flax and have 7 grams of protein, 7 grams of protein, and only 90 calories.
In order to prevent myself from taking a quick walk to the North End to get a caprese sub, I made my own even better version on the Foldit… Not to mention, healthier.
For me, the key to getting motivated to bring lunch to work is to do as much ahead of time as possible. Have a few good options in the fridge ready to go!
For this sandwich, I whipped up a batch of bacon avocado mayo. If I can refrain from eating this off a spoon, it makes sandwiches for me and Chris for over a week. And it makes any traditional sandwich about eleventy-billion times better (pretty sure that’s a scientific fact).
To make the mayo, put 1 avocado, 2 T light mayonnaise, 5 oz. plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and 1 clove garlic in a blender and blend until smooth.
Then mix the crumbled bacon in. You can add in a little salt and pepper to taste before popping in the fridge so you don’t eat the whole bowl.
My other favorite lunchtime trick? Rotisserie chicken. You may call it a lazy man’s lunch strategy… I call it the smart girl’s lunch strategy. Alternatively, you could grill up a few chicken breasts on Sunday and put them in the fridge. Or roast your own whole chicken. But if I want to ensure that I’ll get lunch into the brown bag and out the door, I pick up a rotisserie chicken.
The best thing about this sandwich is that you can include the elements you want. If you prefer a caprese without chicken or prosciutto, skip it! I fully loaded my Foldit up because I know I’ll trash the brown bag and head to the North End if I’m not excited about the lunch I brought with me. Bringing lunch to work is only the first step! You actually need to eat it.
Now for the assembly. Spread the bacon avocado mayo on both sides of the Foldit.
On the bottom, place a tomato slice, mozzarella slice, and some shredded chicken. Sprinkle some pepper on top, if you want. On the top of the Foldit add a couple pieces of basil.
If you decide you want to add prosciutto, put that on top of the chicken.
Fold it and you’re good to go!
This sandwich has all the elements of the caprese… Plus way more! If you wanted to make this on one of the Flatout wraps, you could easily do that, too.
If this doesn’t stop me from going to the North End, I don’t know what will. I don’t know of any caprese sandwiches in the North End that have bacon avocado mayo on them!
With a sandwich like this, you won’t have the urge to load up on unhealthy snacks either. I pretty much always have yogurt, grapes, apples, clementines, and peanut butter at my desk. Pirate’s Booty is my extra snack. Oh, and lots of water! I guzzle coconut water, seltzer water, and plain water all day long.
Flatout uses the term “dine al desko” which I totally love.
That bacon avocado mayo. It’s my new favorite thing in the world (I put it on tacos tonight, too, and omg YES).
I’m in love with the Foldits Flatbreads because they’re easy to grab and build a sandwich on and they’re not at all bulky. I love bread, but hate when my sandwich is ALL bread and I can’t taste any of the cheese, meat, and veggies. This was the perfect balance! Also, if you happen to work at home, you can grill this sandwich! I only wish I had a grill at my office…
Plus, I think I’m probably going to end up making pizza on that Artisan Pizza Crust every night.
Have you tried Flatout products yet? If not, they will be doing in-store sampling demos at Walmart stores from February 27-March 1, so be sure to check them out! If you attend the events, you’ll be able to try the Hungry Girl Foldits I’m raving about here and also the Light Original Flatbreads. I highly recommend you give them a try to make your dining al desko experience way better than it’s been. You can use this coupon for your purchase, but you have to let me know what you’re making!
How do you “dine al desko”?
- 1 Flatout Hungry Girl Foldit
- 1½ T bacon avocado mayo (recipe below)
- 1 tomato slice
- 1 slice fresh mozzarella cheese
- ¼ C shredded chicken
- Ground black pepper
- 2 leaves basil
- 1 slice prosciutto (optional)
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 T light mayonnaise
- 5 oz. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
- Salt and pepper
- Spread bacon avocado mayo on both sides of the Flatout Hungry Girl Foldit.
- On the bottom of the Foldit, place tomato slice, mozzarella slice, and shredded chicken. Sprinkle with pepper.
- On the top of the Foldit add a couple pieces of basil.
- Add prosciutto slice on top of chicken, if desired.
- Fold it!
- Put avocado, light mayonnaise, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and garlic in blender and blend until smooth.
- Stir in crumbled bacon.
- Mix in salt and pepper to taste.
Full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Flatout, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!