One of the great advantages of working from home is lunchtime. When I worked away from home, I was a horrible lunch packer. Either I’d forget, be too lazy, or nothing would sound good when I needed to pack my lunch. Often I’d grab something from the local sub shop or make a quick run to get a salad. I tried leftovers and occasionally that would work, but for the most part, my lunches were awful.
Now that I’m home, I still set aside an hour for lunch but instead of heading out to grab something, I have an arsenal of lunches that are quick to throw together. Salads, sandwiches, pita pizza, leftover rice bowls, and toast. All meals only take 10-20 minutes to come together and are way more satisfying than the subs I use to eat. This meal in particular is great- quick to prepare but packs a punch of flavor. The apricots can be subbed out for peaches or nectarines and the blue cheese could be replaced with goat or even mozzarella for a mild flavor.
Apricot, Blue Cheese, and Honey Toast
- 2 slices crusty bread
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 apricots, barely ripe
- 1/4 cup shaved red onion
- 1-2 ounces blue cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoon toasted walnuts
- Preheat broiler. Place pieces of bread on a baking tray and brush 1/2 tablespoon olive oil on each side. Place under broiler and lightly toast, watching carefully not to burn. Remove from oven.
- Cut apricot in half and slice into 1/4" slices. Layer onto toast. Sprinkle red onion over apricots, followed by blue cheese. Return tray to under the broiler and toast until cheese is melting and slightly browning, 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on heat of broiler. Remove and serve with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of toasted walnuts.
by Erin Alderson