Nikki Dinki posted this video for her cucumber sub sandwich. All I could think of was “Wow, that's a GREAT idea.” If you don't know her, she was a contestant on Next Food Network Star. And she's published a cookbook called Meat On the Side. She was one of my favorite contestants. I love how creative she can get with incorporating more vegetables into a meal.
She has the recipe here on her blog. It's a longer Facebook live video at 22 minutes, but she does give a lot of good tips. My favorites were:
- Stuff it quite a bit because it will taste more like a sandwich than a cucumber
- Using something warm will melt the cheese
I'm mostly thinking cold sandwiches since it's over 90 here. I shouldn't complain. My mother-in-law said it was going to get to 102 where she lives.
- Bay shrimp salad sandwich
- Crab salad sandwich
- Lobstah roll (sorry, I couldn't help myself)
- Tuna salad sandwich (I love using diced celery and red onion) with some cheese (American, I'm so bad….)
- Salmon and cream cheese (think tea sandwiches)
- Ham and cheese
- Bacon Lettuce & Tomato
- Club Sandwich (any leftover chicken or turkey in the fridge?)
Making a cucumber sub sandwich reduces the carbs if you're wanting to try that to lose weight. And I am. I also get a bit tired of salads. This is a great way for me to feel like I'm actually eating a sandwich. But it's not as messy as when I made a burger with two portobello mushrooms as the bun.
Just note that you want to find a cucumber with a thin skin but that's also big enough to have the seeds scooped out. Also, make sure that it's not seedless or you'll be having some difficulties with trying to hollow out the cucumber halves.
If you are, try using a grapefruit spoon or a melon baller. And then save the insides for a salad or pop in your water for a refreshing drink.
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