Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Building America's Better Sandwich with Oroweat: Honey, Walnut and Brie With Avocado and Arugula on 12 Grain and a Great Giveaway

Thanks for entering my Oroweat giveaway everyone! VivaciousGold was chosen as my winner this time. She has 24 hours to claim her prize. Please stay tuned for more fun giveaways.

My husband grew up in a sleepy little town in Kansas. Today it is home to a Walmart Supercenter, a huge Harley dealership and a bustling army base, but back then it was one of those Mayberry kind of towns. You know the kind I am talking about. The kind of town where an eight year old kid could leave in the morning, have a day full of adventures on his own and not be expected back until the street lights came on that evening.

These days most parents (myself included) would hit the panic button if they looked outside and couldn't immediately lay eyes on our children. I guess the world has changed or we parents love our kids more than our parents did. OK, just kidding. I know they loved us. I guess these modern new-fangled kids must need more supervision than we did.

One of my husband's favorite stories about his childhood adventures (and believe me I know, because I've heard them all a thousand times) is about some older German neighbors who lived just a couple of houses down from his. This particular couple whose own children had left home long before to raise families of their own, had the most amazing yard in the neighborhood. My husband's eyes always light up when he talks about their beautiful vegetable garden and the variety of trees and flowers that covered their huge yard.

And if you were me, you would also know where the story about this particular couple would always end. After visiting with them as they worked in their garden, my husband would land up sitting on their picnic table in their shady backyard, eating a homegrown honey and walnut sandwich with the Mrs among the sunflowers that had blooms as big as dinner plates. Truth be known, she probably felt sorry that poor, hungry, unsupervised little boy.

When Oroweat asked me if I'd like to use some of their delicious bread products to make a healthier sandwich, for some reason my husband's childhood walnut sandwich came to mind. I guess because this is such a fond memory for him, and since walnuts are packed with beneficial oils and a desirable crunch, I decided to build my sandwich around them.

In addition to the benefits of walnuts, all of Oroweat's whole grain sliced breads and sandwich thins rolls contain 3 to 4 grams of of fiber per slice and are free of cholesterol, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup, which gives my sandwich a delicious and wholesome base to build on. Add some leafy greens, a little of our local honey and some creamy avocado and you have a better sandwich for sure.

If you have your own great idea for a better sandwich, there couldn't be a better time for you to build it, so you can enter it into Oroweat's America's Better Sandwich contest for your chance to win one of four $5,000 category prizes or one grand prize of $25,000. From now until August 22nd, you can submit your recipe using any of Oroweat's Whole Grains sliced bread or sandwich thins and your choice of healthy fillings. For contest rules and prize information, please click here.

To help inspire any sandwich architects out there, Oroweat has provided me with a prize pack* to give away to one of my readers. This prize pack contains three $5.00 coupons for Oroweat Whole Grains Sliced Breads, three $4.00 coupons for Oroweat Sandwich Thin Rolls and $25.00 gift card for purchasing healthy sandwich fillings to build your own masterpiece.

To enter this giveaway, which is available to US residents only, please leave a comment below telling me what your favorite sandwich is. For extra entries, you can sign up to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by e-mail by clicking on the icons at the top right of this page. Please leave a separate comment stating each method of entry. You can also earn an extra entry and keep up with Oroweat's news by liking their Facebook page too. Since I have enabled Google+ commenting, not everyone may be able to comment on this page. Alternately, to enter this giveaway, please leave your comment on Savoury Table's Facebook page.

Be sure to include a way that I can get a hold of you in case you win. If I am unable to contact you I will choose an alternate winner. Please be aware that I alone am responsible for this giveaway and Oroweat Bread is only providing the prize. My winner will be chosen around noon on Wednesday, August 20th. Good luck everyone!

Honey, Walnut and Brie with Avocado and Arugula on 12 Grain

1 tablespoon honey
3 rounded tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted to a golden brown
2 to 3 - 1/4" thick slices room temperature brie cheese (enough to cover the bread), trimmed of rind if desired
2 slices Oroweat Whole Grains 12 Grain Bread, lightly toasted
1 - 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Pinch salt
Pinch coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup lightly packed arugula
1/2 of a small ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and mashed

Place toasted walnuts and honey in a small bowl and stir until they are well coated; set aside.

Place toasted bread on a flat surface. Top one slice with the brie, then the walnuts on top of that.

In a small bowl combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, red pepper, salt and black pepper. Whisk well. Add the arugula and toss well to coat. Pile on top of the walnuts and cheese; set aside.

On the other slice of toasted bread, spread the mashed avocado in an even layer. Place this, avocado side down onto the arugula to close the sandwich.

*I was given a package identical to the one that I am giving away. The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Oroweat Bread so that I could try the product, purchase sandwich ingredients, and share my thoughts and information about Oroweat. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Oroweat Bread. No compensation was given to me for writing this post, recipe creation, or my opinions.

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