Whether it’s heading to the beach, out for a picnic, or at school/work, lunchtime is all about quick, easy, and delicious meals. What better food item to fit this description than a fun sandwich? The possibilities here are endless, but if you’re having some difficulty thinking of creative ideas, check out some of the recipes below!
4 Fun and Very Different Sandwich Options
1.) Lettuce wraps with tuna salad
If you think a sandwich has to be between two slices of bread, think again! Lettuce wraps can be a great alternative to keep a lunch light and refreshing, while also getting in an extra serving of veggies. Try this recipe the next time you want to jazz up your tuna salad:
- Make your tuna salad using mashed avocado in place of mayonnaise, it’s a great way to add in some healthy fats. Once combined, spread the tuna salad into romaine lettuce leaves, and roll until it forms a small wrap. Keep your wraps intact by simply inserting a toothpick, and refrigerate until you’re ready to enjoy!
2.) Cucumber wraps with chicken salad
Another great way to get creative with your veggies is to use thinly sliced cucumbers to hold your fillings together. The trick here is to slice the cucumber long ways into very thin strips that can be rolled.
- Make your chicken salad using plain low fat Greek yogurt, in place of mayonnaise. This alternative provides extra protein as well as healthful probiotics that aid digestion. Try adding some chopped celery and red onion for an extra crunch and bold flavor. Once combined, spread the chicken salad onto each of the cucumber slices, and roll up carefully. These can also be kept intact with a toothpick, and refrigerated until mealtime.
3.) Whole wheat pita with turkey and Swiss cheese
A whole wheat pita is a great way to get your grains in for the day, and these fun pockets can be filled with anything you crave!
- A tasty combination can be thin sliced turkey breast, with Swiss cheese and flavorful toppings such as avocado and baby arugula. The fiber from the pita as well as protein from the turkey will keep you fuller longer than plain white bread. Spread a little bit of raspberry vinaigrette on one slice of bread to enhance these great flavors.
4.) Grilled veggie panini
If you’d prefer a meatless option, tossing some vegetables on the grill is an excellent alternative.
- Try thinly slicing eggplant and zucchini to grill at your next barbeque. Slicing these vegetables thin makes them more sandwich friendly. Top this with roasted red peppers and some fresh mozzarella cheese, and you’ve got yourself a delicious vegetarian meal. A great dressing option for this would be balsamic vinegar, or light balsamic vinaigrette.
Sandwiches can be made with whatever you’d like, so don’t be afraid to be adventurous. You may find you love a sandwich combination that is “different” than the traditional mixings!
Your Turn to Take Action: Try making these recipes at home, or use them as a guide to create your own. What other varieties and combinations can you think of? Let me know in the comments below!