I broke my foot. People keep asking me if I broke it by slipping over in the recent snow and, as much as I’d like to say, ‘yes, it was the bastard snow, dammit’, the honest answer is, ‘no, I fell over pissed on the way home from a party’. That was about four weeks ago and the nurse said it takes about eight weeks for a broken foot to heal, so I should be about halfway to being able to walk again without wearing a big boot thing, yay. Oh, and in case you’re interested – and people seem to be – the bit of foot that broke was a couple of metatarsals – you know, the bits of feet no one had heard of until David Beckham broke his. So, you could say, I bent it like Beckham. Ha!
Anyway, since breaking my foot, I’ve adopted a slightly healthier-than-usual diet in a bid to not turn into a fattie due to not being able to exercise. My slightly healthier-than-usual-diet is nothing scientific but just the good old don’t-eat-too-much-crap-or-drink-any-alcohol-diet. Being housebound has made being slightly-healthier-than-usual easy. I could hobble up to the little Tesco to buy wine and frozen pizza but a) I can’t be arsed (a one minute walk now takes about five); and b) a strong part of my brain keeps telling me that I will heal better and quicker if I put vitamins into my body instead of depleting them by filling myself up with pizza and wine. So, I’ve eaten so much spinach I’m being stalked by Olive Oyl and I’ve abstained from alcohol for so long I got an app to tell me how much money I haven’t spent on wine and how many calories I haven’t drunk in alcohol (£81 and 8,000 respectively).
Although I love my soups for lunch to the point of playing Guess the Soup on Facebook at any given opportunity, I wanted to up my vegetable intake so I invented the Rainbow Sandwich. This has nothing to do with either a) any LGBTTQQIAAP thing; or b) the children’s TV series but rather just a more catchy title than ‘sandwich with different coloured vegetables in that isn’t really that colourful anyway’.
I wanted my sandwich to have roast aubergine and red pepper but I didn’t want to douse them in oil like I usually do when I do them in the oven so I wondered if my Optimum HealthyFry air fryer would do the job – and do the job it did! The literal part of my brain thought, ‘but if I fry the aubergine and pepper – in air or otherwise – they’re going to go hard and crispy and I want them soft and juicy’ but I needn’t have worried because they came out beautifully soft and juicy but without having soaked up gallons of oil in the process.
Along with the airfried aubergine and red pepper, my rainbow sandwich consisted of hummus, pickled cabbage, lettuce, cherry tomato and vegan mayo. I had it on seeded wholemeal but if you want it on white sliced, then you’ll find no judgement here. You can keep any leftover aubergine and red pepper in a container in the fridge to add to more sandwiches or to have with a salad or pasta dish.
- 1 aubergine, sliced thinly lengthways
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- In a bowl, coat the aubergine and red pepper slices evenly with the olive oil, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Air fry at 180C for 20-25 minutes, giving the basket a shake halfway through.
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Froothie currently have an Easter sale on and you can buy the HealthyFry for a limited time at the discounted price of £99 with free delivery. I really recommend you get an airfryer and if you want some more suggestions of what to do with one, here are some more of my airfryer recipes:
More vegan sandwich ideas
If you need more inspiration for vegan sandwiches, check out these recipes from my fellow bloggers:
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