Hey there! How are you? Are you feeling ok? How was lunch?
What? You haven’t really thought about it? With all the hectic things going on, you couldn’t find the time to put a quick lunch together before darting out the door? You ate some expired pretzels that you found in the bottom of a file drawer? Oh dear….
Let me help you. When things get hectic around here, I turn to a lunch staple– the sandwich. What? You think sandwiches are boring? THIS coming from someone who just ate pretzels that expired TWO YEARS AGO? Well, here are some tips and tricks to make your lunchtime sandwich fresh, not soggy, and not-so-boring!
1. Only put meat and cheese on the bread. This will prevent the bread from becoming soggy from veggies or condiments. Don’t worry, we’ll get to those. Just put your meat and cheese on the bread and put it in a baggie.
2. Package veggies/toppings in a separate baggie. Again, this keeps the bread from becoming soggy. Experiment with all kinds of things: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, olives, bell peppers, avocados, cabbage, spinach, onions (if you must), etc.
3. Put condiments in a snack size baggy, one Tbsp per corner. When you’re ready to condimize, just rip off the tip of the corner and squeeze. It’s like a homemade condiment packet! I like mustard, so that’s what I included in my condiment baggie. I packed mayo in one corner and mustard in the other for my hubby. Other good choices are: chutney, jellies, jams, nut butters, thai peanut sauce, salad dressings, etc. Just make sure they are thick enough that they won’t run together. If it looks like they will run, put a bobby pin or large paper clip between the two and fold the baggie over.
4. Put it all together right before you eat it. There. FRESH homemade sandwich that tastes 10-times better than that sandwich shop named after an underground transit system. Who would WANT to eat something that was made/ found in the underground transit system. It STINKS down there!
- Ham and Swiss, lettuce and tomato, mustard and/or mayo
- Roast beef and cheddar, lettuce and tomato, horseradish sauce
- Turkey and havarti, spinach, spicy chutney
- bacon, lettuce and tomato, mayo (DUH!)
- Pepperoni and salami with provolone, lettuce and thin onions, Italian dressing
- Almond Butter, honey, thinly sliced apples
Remember to experiment with bread too! There are a ton of options out there. White, wheat, sourdough, rye, multigrain, baguette, tortillas, naan, pitas, etc.
The possibilities are endless!