Ways to Liven Up a Sandwich
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When it comes to lunch a good ole fashioned sandwich is a classic option for many people when they take a midday break. Sandwiches are fairly simple to prepare, so it’s easy to slip into a routine of a boring meat and cheese combination. Many people only get 30 minutes to enjoy a midday break which has to carry them until evening, so it’s nice to have a little inspiration for a satisfying lunch. Here are 5 ways to jazz up a sandwich.
- Add sprouts. Alfalfa sprouts can easily be purchased in the produce section of your local independent grocer. They can be added to a sandwich just like lettuce, except they add an additional nutty and earthy flavor. Not to mention they are loaded with nutrients.
- Use hummus or mashed chickpeas instead of mayo. Roasted red pepper hummus or garlic hummus are personal favorites on any sandwich or wrap. I also love mashing up chickpeas, after they are rinsed, then add a little pepper or smoked paprika and spread them on like hummus.
- Go California style. Avocado always adds a lot. Sliced or mashed you simply can’t go wrong when you add avocado.
- A key part of a good sammie is the bread or lack of bread. Consider making your sandwich a lettuce wrap or collard green wrap. If you love a sandwich in between to slices consider going with a sprouted grain bread for added texture and flavor. Bakery fresh bread also makes for a hearty and filling sandwich.
- It’s all about the sauce. Have fun experimenting with flavored mustards, mayo or olive tapenade spreads. Adding a flavorful spread can be the key ingredient to liven up any sandwich.
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