Vegetarian Monte Cristo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1/4 cup 2% milk
3/4 cup pasteurized part-skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch salt and pepper
8 slices rustic bread
2 small avocados, sliced
1 cup roasted red peppers, patted dry
4 cups baby spinach leaves (about 4 ounces)
1. In a large bowl, beat together eggs and milk.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together ricotta, mustard, basil, garlic, salt and pepper.
3. Spread one side of each bread slice with 11⁄2 tablespoons ricotta mixture. Top four bread slices (cheese side up) evenly with a layer of avocado, roasted red peppers and a handful of spinach. Top with bread, putting cheese side down.
4. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. one by one, dip both sides of each sandwich into the egg mixture and place in the pan. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden and a little crispy at the edges. Serve immediately (especially if you’ve prepared the turkey allternative version).
Nutritional information per serving
Per serving: 460 calories, 21 g protein, 49 g carbohydrate, 20 g fat (5.5 g saturated fat), 302 mg calcium,
5.3 mg iron, 300 mcg folate, 7 g fiber