I often hear people say they don’t like making their own sandwiches because it will mean eating bread everyday. I have told them that sandwiches is not boring it is not all about using sliced bread or rolls everyday but using a variety of breads, wraps, and low carb ingredients.
For example, I buy a packet of turkey wafer to use for the week. Please note I make my sandwiches in the morning not overnight but that’s my preference. You can make yours overnight if that is what works for you.
Below is how I add variety of ways using various (fresh or left over roasted) vegetables and spread.
2 slices of wholemeal bread, spread with Dijon mustard, spinach or lettuce leaves, finish with ham. I don’t add tomatoes as it makes my sandwich soggy.
Pitta bread or rice cakes, top with tomatoes or any other vegetables of your choice. Don’t over top up it or it will be difficult to eat.
1 wholemeal bread roll or bagel – with spread of your choice, tomatoes, rocket or watercess or kale, add your filling.
Wraps or lettuce leaves. Take another break from bread, split lettuce leaves open, top with tomatoes, and filing. It’s important not to overfill or the leaves will split! For traditional wraps, fill up with ingredients of your choice.
Baguette or panini – What better way to get into the weekend mood than a baguette. I freeze mine on the day of purchase or buy it from the mini supermarket on the way home. If it is from frozen, I put it in the oven for 10 minutes in between getting showered or getting dressed. I like the crispness. With a baguette I just fill it up with all the left over vegetables from the week, wrap it tightly in cling film.
If you don’t work full time or have left over ham at the weekend. You can make yourself a hot toasted sandwich with cheese. Or ham with cheese on toast or toasted panini, etc.
Can I emphaise this article is for illustration purposes only, I am not trying to dictate to anyone. I’m aware that some people don’t like lettuce or tomatoes, so please feel free to use vegetables of your choice. I use other vegetables such as radish, cooked beetroot, fresh herbs, etc.
I don’t know about countries but us Brits like to eat our sarnies with crisps and a piece of fruit. However, as this is blog is all been healthy, I will recommend baked crisps, mini ryvitas, rice cakes, vegetable crisps, the list goes on, the most important thing is that is it is baked not fried. If you are not a fan of crisps, then carrot batons, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, sliced fruits. Personally I alternate as I like variety.
Tips for newbies
Invest in a very good quality tupperware, I invested in a brand name which although, expensive I am still using two years, I actually have a wide range of their products to suit my work and picnic needs.
However, if you will rather stick with the traditional – foil, freezer bags, cling film, then be sure to invest in a good lunch bag or box if you don’t want to end up with flat soggy sandwiches.
When making sandwiches overnight keep it in the fridge to maintain freshness.
If your place of work has a fridge, leave your sandwiches in there till lunch time.I have discovered the temperature from the work area can leave sandwiches warm as they have been left out for hours. Otherwise, place cool packs in your lunch box to maintain freshness.
Freeze your breads on day of purchase, take out what you need the night before and keep it in the fridge to defrost.
I hope my example has given you ideas on how to create your very own ‘personalised’ sarnies. You will not only know what has gone in your sarnies but you will be saving money too.
Have fun creating your very own sarnies