Heed My Warning

I’m running late for my writer’s meeting but I just have to get this off my chest.

This sandwich IS WORTH BEING LATE FOR. Previously, I thought I had created the best sandwich ever but I was wrong. Oh, how I was wrong.

It’s all about the avocado, really. Splurge on a nice fat one that’s firm, but not too firm, and you will achieve perfection. Stick under-ripe avocados in brown lunch bags and they will soften right up for you in about a day. My mother taught me that and it’s true!

On another note, never go to the grocery store when you are hungry. Bad things will happen and it might result in one buying a extremely large basil plant because one saw it and immediately thought how delicious margharita pizza would taste at that exact moment.
And that’s just an example.

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  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    August 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    So true! I’ve been enticed into all kinds of strange purchases when hungry at the store – including a basil plant (thoughts of spaghetti and quatro fromaggio), not once but twice!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    August 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Basil plants are ALWAYS a good idea in my opinion! That, and avocado. Looks delish!

  • jenna
    August 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Advocados are amazing! I tend to day dream about how creamy and flavorful they are. Perfect sandwich!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    great example of bad things happening…

    not that it’s happened to me…

    or has it? πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    August 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Mmmmm…LOVE that big pile of avocado! I’ve been on a definite avocado kick myself, lately!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Grocery shopping while hungry is BAD. I pick up twice as much when I do that. And avocado on a turkey sandwich? INSTANT WIN.

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    August 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Agreed! Turkey and Avocado (and BACON!) are a winnre combo in sandwiches!

    I don’t tend to have issues when I grocery shop when hungry. Except that I might pick up dinner instead of waiting until I get home to cook. But sometimes when I spend several hours at the grocery store and it’s almost 9pm when I get home… it might make more sense just to pick up dinner.

    Oh, and I’ve definitely bought a basil plant for Margherita pizza. It was the same price as the basil picked in the grocery section, so I decided the plant itself might last longer! In fact, I bought it almost two months ago and I still pulled some leaves off today for my almost-caprese-egg salad. πŸ™‚

  • theemptynutjar
    August 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    The best sandwiches must have avocado and hummus…so good with anything.

  • crunchy granola gal
    August 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    throw some roasted jalapenos on there and you’ve got a seriously stellar sandwich. try it!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    August 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Avocado, how I love you! You make the world go around!

  • Holly B
    August 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Gah! Cali avocados are unmatched in greatness…..consider my green with envy πŸ˜‰

  • Amanda @ Vegacious
    August 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I had a sandwich the other day with tons of avocado and veggies. And hot hot mustard. Words do not express.

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    August 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Hungry or not, I usually buy random things at the grocery store.

    I love avocado sandwiches! It’s the best spread. πŸ™‚

  • Deirdre
    August 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Or grocery shopping hungry might also result in chocolate covered pretzels, happened to me last night…

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    August 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    That sandwich looks absolutely incredible!! and I agree …craziness ensues when shopping on an empty stomach.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    August 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I agree that avacados always make sandwiches better!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I hate it when I go to the grocery store hungry… I spend way too much money on all the wrong stuff πŸ˜‰

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    August 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve been eating avocado sandwiches all summer! Aren’t they perfect?

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    August 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I went to India a few years ago and after a 17 hour flight I was SO cranky. Apparently all I wanted was a plain turkey sandwich on whole wheat (no more cilantro, ahhh!) and a nap. My friends still tease me about it! Your sandwich looks great.

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner
    August 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Yesterday as I was chowing down on a rice bowl enroute to the grocery store, my husband looked at me and shook his head. “I think you’re taking the notion of not shopping for groceries when hungry a little too far.” Touche.

  • Kacy
    August 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Avocado rules on sandwiches. I’m not even sure I like non-avocado bearing sandwiches anymore.

  • Jackie
    August 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    My boyfriend makes fun of me for cutting an avocado in half and eating it with salt, pepper, and my spoon. He “doesn’t really like avocado.” Or sweets. Or jet skis. Something’s wrong with him.

  • Camille
    August 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Haha, I have bought many-a-bag of granola while food shopping hungry. Granola is something I should never be around because I will lose control. It’s like my mind and reason turn off.

  • Jen
    August 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    do we get to know the ingredients of said sandwich? (including what bread? πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      August 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

      All it was was just turkey and avocado! On some almost-stale whole wheat bread from the back of my fridge.

  • Kristen
    August 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Avocado, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes on pumperknickel….

  • amanda
    August 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I agree on not going to the grocery store hungry…I made that mistake tonight when I went to Whole Foods for 2 pints of Arctic Zero ice cream. I came out with other things. At least I got some samples in the process! ha ha

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    August 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    ooooh yes. Avocado would have to be one of my fav. sammie additions!

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    August 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    your sandwich looks so fresh and delicious:) I must be hungry right now.

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    August 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    holy cow. The avocado on that makes me want to reach through the screen.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    August 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Looks like its worth being late for to me!

  • Lori
    August 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Can’t go wrong with avocado… that sandwich looks great! And that is definitely a lot of avos. Mmmm. πŸ˜‰

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    August 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    G8 tip re the avocado. Thx. πŸ™‚ It’s 3:40P and I have yet to eat anything today and am starved. Am planning to stop and eat before hit Whole Foods. LOVE basil. Usually eat an entire large organic clamshell in one salad or in a sauce.

    With Fall on the horizon think must see the very cute pix in my ‘Le Chapeau FranΓ§ais’ post. Has inspired me to get a beret.

  • tricia
    August 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    you cant go wrong with a basil plant! πŸ™‚

  • Where To Get a Home Loan
    August 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    OMG I just tried this and added some cucumber vinaigrette and it was FREAKING AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Deanna
    August 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Wait a second…is that a TV? I thought you didn’t own a TV? πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      August 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      hah! a friend just gave me that…..but I don’t have cable so it just sits there. I think I’m going to donate it.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    August 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Chips or anything snacky is a terrible impulse puchase when starving and shopping, I always end up tearing into stuff like that on the drive home.

    Thank you for sharing that excellent tip about the avocados!

  • stephanie@Avocado Nation
    August 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I always buy too much when I shop when hungry! I think a basil plant is a good investment though. Also, nice sandwich!

    August 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    i think i’d just call it a mental health day and continue noshing on this bad boy unrushed <3 hehe

  • Cara
    August 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Sometimes the most random of purchases can be the best!

  • Melissa
    August 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Avocado tastes great with almost anything! I’ve been eating it with my bagels lately! What kind of drink is that?! It looks like some sort of tea? Yumm!

    • jenna
      August 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      That would be iced Tazo cucumber white tea!

  • Jeannie
    August 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Turkey and avocado sandwiches are my FAVORITE! So good.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal
    August 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    That is one gorgeous avocado!! of my favorite fruits!
    Oh yes, it’s definitely dangerous to go to the grocery store hungry! Watch out, Wallet!

  • Lauren
    August 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Great avo-ma-cados are to. die. for.
    You’re lucky they’re native to your state!! Our east coast guys are well-traveled… and rarely achieve perfection.

  • Brooke (Baking with Basil)
    August 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve been putting avocado on anything I can think of lately. It adds so much flavor!! Any tips on keeping the other 1/2 from turning brown the next day? How was the Tazo tea? It sounds refreshing!

    • Amy
      August 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      Store the other half with the seed. It will stay fresh in the fridge for another day!

  • Katie
    August 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Great tip for avocados! I never knew that but I wanted to make guacamole this weekend and the avocados were too ripe so I didn’t get them. Thanks for the tip!

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots
    August 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I like to use avocado as a spread on toast and sandwiches in place of condiments. It spread so well with a butter knife.

    You have officially made me want a sandwich, even though it is 10:19 at night.

  • Erica
    August 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    This is my Mom’s masterpiece sandwich! She suggest paying attention to the quality of the bread, the need to toast lightly, the importance of a few farmstand tomato slices, and sea salt on the avocado, of course!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    August 4, 2010 at 4:44 am

    your post reminds me how important a simple sandwich is to one’s life sometimes. thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels)
    August 4, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Oh my..THAT is exactly what i want to eat today. AVACADO SAMMY! Yum!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    August 4, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Grocery shopping on an empty stomach is like clothes shopping while naked. Everything looks good.

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun
    August 4, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Avocado on a Sandwich = Perfection!
    I love avocado – it’s one of my favorite healthy fats (other than nut butters, of course!) πŸ˜€

  • Amy
    August 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    My favorite….garden tomatoes, avocado and cucumber on sourdough or nine-grain bread. YUM!