Over the holidays I grocery shopped at one of my favorite little grocery stores, Fausto’s in Key West, Florida. When I paid for my purchases, I was offered a calendar. Seriously, who does that anymore? A calendar! Of course I took one. I remember businesses doing this when I was a child but really can’t remember the last time I received a calendar. I got a second calendar at my favorite flip flop shop, the calendar-giving tradition is alive and well in Key West!
Back at our little getaway cabana, I checked out the calendar, thinking I might not take it home. We don’t usually keep a calendar on the wall, might not have room in the luggage but it made the cut. It’s actually a pretty neat calendar, each month featuring a photo of a dish and an accompanying recipe.
I decided before coming home from that trip, I would make each of the recipes in the calendar in 2013. Except that most of the recipes don’t work with my dietary restrictions so I’ll actually have to re-make them. What a fun challenge!
January’s recipe is a Ham & Bell Pepper Sandwich Wrap. The recipe calls for whole wheat wrap, non-fat mayonnaise, leaf lettuce, sliced ham, red bell pepper, avocado, cucumber and sliced provolone cheese. Four of those ingredients I don’t eat but I did come up with a variation of this wrap that works for me and is delicious.
Instead of whole wheat wraps, I used Rudi’s gluten-free wraps. Instead of ham I used hummus. Instead of mayo and cheese, I whipped up a spicy citrus cashew cream. I left the greens, red pepper and avocado alone, those are big favorites for me already.
This makes a quick and easy lunch for two. It might be more appropriate for the weather they are having in Key West right now than the sub-zero windchills we are experiencing in Missouri. Or perhaps it’s just a tropical vacation that fits in a lunchbox. It sure does make a delicious lunch. Enjoy!