Stacked Veggie Sandwiches with Pimiento Cheese


Pimiento cheese in a healthy brown bag lunch, yep, we made it happen thanks to a homemade spread. Even without meat, this healthy sandwich packs 17 grams of protein.

Stacked Veggie Sandwiches with Pimento Cheese
Photo: Adam Albright
Total Time:
25 mins
2 sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoon low-fat cottage cheese (2%)

  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoon plain fat-free Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

  • 2 tablespoon jarred pimentos or roasted red pepper, drained and chopped

  • teaspoon paprika or cayenne pepper

  • ½ medium zucchini, very thinly sliced (about 2/3 cup total)

  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced

  • 2 whole wheat bagel thins, split and lightly toasted


  1. For pimento cheese, in a small bowl beat the cottage cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until nearly smooth. Stir in the next five ingredients (through paprika) until combined.

  2. Arrange half of the zucchini and half of the tomato slices on bottom halves of bagel thins. Carefully spread pimiento cheese over tomatoes. Top with remaining tomato and zucchini slices and bagel tops.


For a smoother pimento cheese, in a small food processor, combine cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, and shallot. Cover and process until nearly smooth. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in pimentos and paprika.

Wrap and Tote

Wrap sandwiches individually in parchment paper, plastic wrap, or waxed paper. Place sandwiches in insulated lunch boxes. Add cooler packs or store lunch boxes in the refrigerator. Serve sandwiches within 5 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
8g Fat
32g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 478mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 26.3mg 132%
Calcium 489mg 38%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 317mg 7%
Folate, total 23.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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