About this recipe: In true American style, this club sandwich is piled high, and packs in lots of interesting flavours and textures. Parma ham, fried until crisp, replaces the usual bacon, and mashed avocado the butter. Adding a few leaves to a sandwich is a cunning way to get children to eat their greens.
Use mustard and cress if alfalfa sprouts are not available. * Use reduced-fat mayonnaise to cut down on the fat even more. * Replace the orange with dry-pack sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated in water and then finely chopped. * Substitute chopped chicory leaves for the watercress. * For fruity chicken club sandwiches, replace the top deck of avocado, orange, watercress, alfalfa sprouts and pumpkin seeds on each sandwich with 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter, 1/2 sliced banana sprinkled with a little lemon juice, 2 fresh dates, skinned and chopped, and 1 tsp chopped parsley.
Avocados have a reputation for being a ‘fatty’ fruit, but most of their fat is of the good, unsaturated type, making them a valuable source of essential fatty acids as well as vitamin E. * Pumpkin seeds contain a variety of useful minerals, including phosphorus, magnesium and copper, as well as fibre and protein. Pumpkin seeds are also a rich source of fat, as are sunflower and other seeds, but this is mostly the healthy, unsaturated type.
C * B1, B6, E, folate, niacin, calcium, copper, iron, zinc * A, B1, potassium