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Healthy Ham & Cheese Sandwich

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2 slices Honey Baked Ham Whatever ham of your choice
1 slice Cheddar Cheese
1 Avocado Sliced
1/4 cup Salad greens Washed and dry
4 slices Tomatoes
2 slices Nutty Wholemeal Bread
1 tsp Ground Flax Seeds
1 tsp Chia Seeds

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Healthy Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Gourmet ham and cheese sandwich in a flash!

  • Serves 1
  • Easy

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I have a soft spot for ham & cheese sandwich. Home made. I usually don’t like to pay for this outside. Yes, I am cheap like that… But then there are also a lot of interesting food to eat out that I cannot easily make in 5 minutes at home. Furthermore, I try not to have processed meat. But if I do, I will only eat ham and bacon that I can tell is made of whole pieces of meat. Nothing minced or processed from bits and pieces like sausages or hot dogs. After my stint in China, I just don’t quite feel comfortable eating these as you don’t know what is in there.

I actually had ham & cheese sandwiches as a snack almost everyday when I was 10 years old…. Or at least everyday for June or December holidays. It was usually Gardenia white bread with 2 slices of ham and a slice of cheese. If we have cucumbers at home, I will add some very thin slices of cucumber. Now that I am older, this is kind of boring for me. (don’t people just get complex as they age?) Or maybe I want to show that grown up me can do a more complex version of this sandwich. Well, I also stop eating this as a snack and more as a breakfast, so older me needs a healthier breakfast. I want to ensure I have a good dose of fibre, vitamins and minerals. So I gave the classic a simple twist so that it can do more for me.

I use a Multigrain Sourdough bread for the extra fibre, texture and nutty crunch. Layer a slice of honey mustard baked ham, a slice of cheddar cheese, add on tomatoes then avocado slices and then the salad greens. Dust on some ground flaxseeds, another slice of  ham and end with a slice of bread. Sometimes I serve this as a deconstructed sandwich (actually when my bread is not so fresh, or I don’t have enough bread), by making croutons out of the bread (cut cubes and chuck it into a toaster oven) and toss it together with the rest of the ingredients.

Healthy ham and cheese sandwich

I usually warm the bread and ham slightly in the toaster at 120C for about 3-5 min. The bread will be softer and the ham cooked. If I eat this at a leisurely pace at home and Ed is eating with me (he loves toasts) I may sometimes place the bread with a slice of ham and cheese on it and heat it up in the toaster oven. If I am using a frying pan, I will toast it slightly on one side, flip it  over, and lay on cheese first then ham, and toast slightly. I will toast the other slice also slightly. The ideal toast for me is to be slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. So I don’t toast for long.

I actually did not add any dressing or sauce or even butter to the sandwich. The creamy texture of the  avocado and flavours or the ham and cheese plus the moisture from the tomatoes are sufficient to make this sandwich creamy and flavourful. Save more calories that way if you are counting. But mostly I am lazy.

For those that do not bake, I recommend using Sunshine’s Walnut bread or muesli bread. Other sandwiches are egg mayo, tuna salad, smoked salmon, or an avocado with mayo sandwich.

 I usually prepare my ham & cheese sandwich as a breakfast on weekdays or eat it with salad and fruits for a light lunch. To squeeze comfortably into the 5 minute morning prep slot I have for breakfast, I will usually slice the tomatoes and prewash the salad greens. So next morning, all I have to do is slice the bread and warm it with ham. While it is warming, I will cut the avocado and start tearing the cheese and wash a fruit. Once bread is out, it is layered under 1 minute and then packed into a sandwich bag and into my tupperware.

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Steps

1
Done
1-3 min

Warm bread and Ham (optional)

Place the ham over the bread and place in toaster oven for 3 minutes. If using microwave, turn on medium high for 1 minute.

2
Done
3 min

Layer sandwich

On a piece of sandwich bread, layer a piece of ham, followed by cheese, tomatoes, avocado and salad greens, dust on chia seeds and flax seeds.
Finally layer with another piece of ham and bread.

Press the sandwich together lightly and fit it into a sandwich bag so that it stays in place.

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