CABLT (aka Chicken, Avocado, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Sandwiches

 

I thought it would be fun to share a little pregnancy update today! I’m somehow already 34 weeks along – how crazy is that? Our little girl is very active and loves to kick and squirm around, especially after dinner when I’m relaxing. Apolinaras’ voice always seems to calm her down when he’s talking or singing to my belly though. I think she stops wriggling because she’s intently listening to him, and I’m hoping this will continue well into her teenage years, haha. I can’t believe we’ll be meeting her so soon!

We recently had our maternity pictures taken by the extremely talented Theresa Moore of Garnick Moore Photography. Apolinaras tends to just want to goof around during things like this, and both of us have a hard time acting natural in front of the camera, so I was impressed with all the amazing shots Theresa coaxed out of us. I will do my best to just share a handful!

We’re feeling pretty prepared for our little one’s arrival. We’ve taken all the pregnancy/newborn classes on our list, and our nursery is almost complete. The baby’s dresser is full with clothes organized by size, and we just have to get another lamp and finish hanging some decorations. I will try to share a picture soon!

I am having frequent heartburn now and keep a stash of Tums with me at all times, but I would much rather deal with third trimester heartburn over first trimester nausea any day! I’m also thankful to still be sleeping well and feeling energetic enough to exercise. I managed to jog until 29 weeks, but now that it’s way too hot for me to run outside, Apolinaras and I are taking long walks on cooler nights, and I’m still lifting weights and chugging along on the elliptical a couple times a week.

I also had two amazing baby showers. I had a lovely brunch shower at Gaslight Brasserie. It was just perfect – very relaxed with great food and friends. I got lots of advice since most of my friends are already moms or are expecting too – the main message was that every baby is different, and you just have to figure out what works best for your baby and family. My labmates also surprised me with a really sweet shower at work. They tricked me into thinking we were having a meeting and then it was really a shower – very sneaky!

The only food I’ve really been craving besides popsicles are French fries. I just can’t resist them whenever we go out to eat. And you know what goes perfectly with French fries – this CABLT sandwich (nice transition, huh?).

BLTs with avocado are pretty popular, but sometimes still leave my tummy grumbling, so I added a delicious pecan crusted chicken breast to the mix. I also mashed my avocado and spread it all over the tops of the buns so I could enjoy it in every bite. Our sweet little girl loved these – she kicked a ton after we enjoyed them for dinner. Just 6 weeks to go!

CABLT (aka Chicken, Avocado, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Sandwiches
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:

Crispy Chicken:
1/2 cup ground pecans (I pulsed mine in the food processor)
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into half lengthwise so you have 6 pieces of chicken
2 large eggs, beaten

For Assembly:
1 large avocado, pitted and peeled
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 whole wheat sandwich buns, split
6 beefsteak tomato slices
6 slices lettuce
6 slices cooked applewood smoked bacon

Directions:
To make the chicken, heat oven to 350˚F. Mix ground pecans, breadcrumbs, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a shallow pan. Put the flour in a shallow dish and lightly dredge both sides of the chicken pieces in it. Place the beaten eggs in another shallow dish and dredge both sides of the flour coated chicken in the egg mixture; place chicken pieces in the pecan mixture and coat well on all sides. Place coated chicken on a large greased cookie sheet and bake at 350˚F for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.

To assemble the sandwiches, place avocado, vinegar, and salt in a small bowl and mash until smooth. Place chicken pieces on top of the bottom buns and top with tomato, lettuce, bacon. Spread avocado mash evenly on the cut side of the top half of the buns and top each sandwich with this bun. Makes 6 sandwiches.

Nutrition: 463 calories, 20.2g fat, 6.1g fiber, 38.3g protein per sandwich
Cost: $1.72 per sandwich

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25 Responses to CABLT (aka Chicken, Avocado, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Sandwiches

  1. Daisy says:

    you guys are adorable. such lovely photos! your showers sound like so much fun.

  2. Michelle says:

    Kerstin, you are glowing! Wishing you all the best as the big day gets closer!

  3. Ranjani says:

    I’m actually going to a baby shower at Gaslight Brasserie this weekend – funny! You look great in the photos and it sounds like you are as prepared as can be. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the little one when she arrives.

  4. These look sooo good! I love BLTs with Salmon and avocado, but chicken sounds delicious too!

    Your maternity photos turned out so cute!

  5. The sandwich looks delicious, and you look gorgeous!!

  6. Biz says:

    Kerstin – you look beautiful!! You are going to be a great Momma, sorry I haven’t stopped by for a while!

  7. Your photos are so great! I wish I could blame my french fry craving on something, but there’s no baby on the way here. French fries and this sandwich sound perfect together.

  8. Sues says:

    You look so fabulous!! Beautiful photos!

    These sandwiches look awesome… the specially prepared chicken makes them extra delicious!

  9. Joanne says:

    You look seriously AMAZING! AHHH!! I’m so excited for you! Time really does fly…it feels like just yesterday you were announcing your pregnancy!

  10. Juliana says:

    Wow Kerstin, I am so happy for you…you look great! Thank you so sharing such precious pictures.
    The chicken sandwich looks good, love the pecan on the crust.
    Hope you are enjoying your week :)

  11. elly says:

    Aww, you look SO cute! Love the pics. And the sandwich sounds great, too! I love nut crusts on chicken.

  12. Monica h says:

    These look delicious and you look beautiful my dear. Ahh, I miss being pregnant- it was so much easier. haha!

    I just wanna rub your belly :-)

  13. shannon says:

    lovely photos, so glad you shared :) gorgeous! you, not the sandwich, haha. although the sandwich looks quite tasty as well!

  14. Cara says:

    you look absolutely gorgeous – glad to hear all is going well!

  15. Love love love all the pictures. Can’t believe you have just a few weeks left. So exciting! :)

  16. Kelly says:

    Those pictures are beautiful. You two look so happy and your BABLT sound amazing. And pregnant or not, I can completely understand craving popsicles – it’s been so hot this summer!

  17. Aww, thanks so much everyone – you are all so sweet :)

  18. Your maternity pictures look so good!! And that sandwich sounds fantastic!

  19. grace says:

    that first picture is my favorite–you look so serene! great sandwich, obviously. avocados and bacon can team up any time.

  20. Megan says:

    Your maternity pics are gorgeous! That’s such a great way to preserve some memories of this amazing time in your life.

  21. Kristen you and the hubby look so good in the photos.
    I could not be happier for you both.
    French fries are a good craving–I approve!
    I’m not pregnant, but I crave avocado’s all summer long.

  22. Erica says:

    ahhh! You look fantastic! SO exciting- super happy for you :) And the sandwich! What a combo – nom nom

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  24. Sophie says:

    You look very radiant & lovely too! :)
    Your crispy chicken buergs look awesome too! Yumm!

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