“Summertime and the living is easy.” So why waste these sunny days in the kitchen cooking dinner? Instead, grab two slices of bread and make it easy on yourself. Five minutes later, dinner will be served.
Use this five food group guide to make tasty sandwiches with fix-ins! Add a piece of fruit on the side and you have a perfect summer meal.
When it comes to bread, there are PLENTY of options.
Choose from wheat, rye, sourdough, ciabatta or multigrain breads and baguettes, or wrap it all up in a tortilla! Health hack: you can even throw your toppings over brown rice if you need a gluten free option.
Bulk it up with a protein.
Turkey, grilled chicken (from last night’s BBQ!), and tofu make delicious and filling sandwiches. If you’re going for a wrap, throw in some beans or hummus for a vegetarian meal. And don’t forget about bacon or peanut butter! Your mom’s BLT and PB & J are still fair game for dinner…
Getting tired of your usual Swiss, American, and Cheddar cheeses? Spice up your sandwich with Pepperjack on top of chicken, tomatoes, and avocado for a Mexican flair, or give goat cheese a try for a strong flavor.
There’s more to sandwich veggies than just lettuce and tomato.
Just because you’re making a sandwich does not mean you can’t add your fair share of veggies! For a refreshing taste, add cucumbers, and for a spicy kick, give jalapenos a try. You can even make some vegetables, like eggplant or portabella mushrooms, the center of attention. And don’t be afraid to experiment with other raw veggies; carrots, peppers, and onions taste great in wraps!
Don’t forget about fruit!
Fruit preserves, apples, bananas, peaches, and avocados can all add a sweet taste to your sandwich. If you’re in the mood for a sweet and savory combination, try a grilled cheese with apples. Shake up your regular turkey and cheese with a few peach slices, or make yourself a banana, peanut butter, and cinnamon sandwich.
And to top it all off…
Sometimes your sandwich might need a final touch. Choose from hummus, spicy mayo or mustard, bacon jam (it’s a thing!), guacamole, salsa, tabouleh, or balsamic vinegar for some extra flavor!
Lizzie McManus is a graduate student at Drexel University pursuing her M.S. in Human Nutrition. She plans to become a registered dietitian specializing in whole foods and plant-based nutrition.
Photo Credit: Belen Rediet, FBM, Dollarphotoclub.