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Chicken Sandwich w/ Artichoke Basil Spread

I never tire of sandwiches.  How could you with all the endless possibilities?  They can be as “boring” or as unique and interesting as you desire, and regardless what end of the spectrum, they all taste good if you use quality ingredients.  Well, unless they’re a soggy mess, but that’s a different story.  Before I get into my new fav addition – artichoke and basil spread I thought I’d give you an update on how my dietetic internship is going.

I’m already a month into the clinical rotations of my dietetic internship!  Time sure flies.  1 down, 9 more to go.  Ok.  Never mind…I still have a long way to go.  As I’ve mentioned, I was just the slightest bit terrified at the fact I’d be starting with clinicals.  While I can’t say that I love it at this point, it definitely is a unique and stimulating experience.  I feel extremely fortunate to have Audrey as my preceptor, a.k.a “The Rockstar.”  She is extremely knowledgeable and up-to-date on current research and practice, she makes sure she is visible and available to the other health professionals (so important!), and she deeply cares for her patients.  In other words, the perfect embodiment of what a clinical dietitian should be.  I’ll be saying my farewell to her today (I’m preparing myself for the inevitable) and onto the next site for my ICU rotation…

Chicken Sandwich w/ Artichoke Basil Spread

In summary, these are the major lessons I’ve learned so far:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask the preceptor questions even if I think they are dumb.  There were so many times I refrained from asking bc I felt that I had to already know everything.  I didn’t want to look incompetent.  This is a big no no!  I’m NOT supposed to know everything and the only way I can learn is by asking.  Not to mention, the preceptor is a wealth of knowledge and it’d be a shame not to gain some of it ;).
  • Dig deep and understand the big picture.  At first, the only things I concerned myself with were basic anthropometrics, lab values, chief complaint, etc.  However, I’m learning the importance of piecing together the puzzle, that is the patient’s condition, in implementing the best intervention.  Now I’m looking at all the doctor’s orders (still having a hard time deciphering some of the handwriting), progress notes, nurse’s notes, and as available, surgical, wound care, PT notes…it’s kind of fun playing detective ;).
  • Look up medical terminology, abbreviations, etc. and familiarize myself with them ASAP, as chances are, they’ll appear over and over again.  It’s like learning a new lingo and the sooner I get a grasp on it, the better I will be at communicating with other health professionals.
  • The most important lesson happens to be the one I struggle with the most.  Have more confidence in myself!  This I’m still working on.  After being buried in textbooks for so long, it’s quite different when trying to convey all your knowledge to a real human being.  I get so easily flustered and timid.  I tell myself to calm my nerves bc I got this!

Chicken Sandwich w/ Artichoke Basil Spread

While I plan our weekday meals in advance, it’s not a perfect science.  When we run out of food sooner than I had anticipated, rather than yelling at the Hungryman for eating more than he should (yup..he’s always the can NEVER be me ;)), I will make sandwiches bc we always have bread.  I wouldn’t mind packing myself a PB & J all the time, but it’s always fun to mix things up.  So when I saw the recipe for artichoke basil spread in Everyday Food (affiliate link) I was all over it.  I have more basil than I know what to do with…it’s a problem..


Chicken Sandwich w/ Artichoke Basil Spread

The spread is SUPER simple to make and oh so flavorful!  The tanginess from the artichokes truly enriches the fresh and aromatic basil.  And as usual, I couldn’t resist squirting some sriracha in.  It’s super versatile too.  Dip some veggies or chips (mmm…it’d be perfect w/ pita chips), spread it on top of chicken or fish, add it to salads…  Have I convinced you to try it yet?  If not, I shall take a bite for ya.

Chicken Sandwich w/ Artichoke Basil Spread

Yup, you gotta try it for yourself!

If you have any recipes for quick & easy sandwiches, please do let me know on my facebook page!  I’ll be sure to share them on my page for everyone to see.

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Chicken Sandwich w/ Artichoke Basil Spread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Artichoke Basil Spread

  • 1 can, 14 oz artichoke hearts in water, drained and quartered
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • season with salt & pepper


  • 8 slices of hearty bread, I used multigrain
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • Baby spinach
  • 8 slices all-natural chicken deli meat


  • For the spread: In a food processor, combine artichokes, basil, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and sriracha; pulse until smooth. Season with salt & pepper. Pulse just to combine. The spread can be refrigerated up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Assembly: Coat one side of half the slices of bread with a generous amount of spread. On the other halves layer the spinach, cheese, and chicken. Put the two halves together and enjoy!


Serving: 4g
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Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. Oh. this sounds awesome. I love artichoke hearts, in fact I went through a time when I added them in almost everything. Totally need to try this spread. So glad that your internship is going well! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  2. The basil in my herb garden looks just like that, Min, and I never know what to do with all of it…there is only so much pesto one can make! This looks like a great spread to try. I love anything with artichokes! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Exactly! I have so much pesto in my freezer right now ;). Hope you like this recipe! It’s such a wonderful way to use that overabundant basil 😉

  3. This post reminds me that I really need to get more creative with sandwiches! I don’t try hard enough, and so don’t have them that often because there are usually more interesting things appealing to me. Also, I’m glad you’ve already learnt so much with your internship and are starting to feel more on top of things! I imagine ICU will be tough but hope that it is rewarding too.

    1. Oh I so can relate, Kari..sandwiches are not always my first choice when brainstorming for meal ideas or dining out. However, I’ve been making and eating tons of sandwiches lately mainly due to convenience so I thought I would step out of the norm. The spread is a wonderful twist!
      I’m extremely nervous about ICU this week, but I’m going to do my best and absorb everything like a sponge! Hope you have a wonderful week! xoxo