The tradition of piling meats, cheeses, condiments and toppings between two pieces of bread to form a single masterpiece has been evolving ever since ancient times. However, many food historians consider 18th-centuryEuropean Jack Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, the creator of the “sandwich.” He receives credit not because he invented this vertical food amalgamation, but rather because he was the first to associate convenience and simplicity with the idea. Montagu was an avid gambler who did not like to be bothered with distractions during his games, not even at mealtime. His cook knew this, so he presented Montagu with steak laid between two pieces of toast. Montagu loved this concept because it was quick to eat and could be consumed with one hand, freeing his other for gambling.
There are hundreds of different sandwich varieties tailored for people who love convenience and have an on-the-go lifestyle. People from around the world employ Montagu’s brilliance every day by simply throwing together a sandwich in a bag and calling it a day. But convenience doesn’t have to mean routine, so here are some unique sandwich ideas that also accommodate to our busy lives while still keeping them interesting.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: Pick a starch, add a protein to fuel your body, and toss on a few toppings.
- whole wheat, multi-grain bread
- spreadable cheese (brie, cream cheese)
- olive oil
Tip: While many people like how mayo fuses the sandwich together, both hummus and avocado can provide a similar effect to your sandwich while having more flavor and many more nutrients Avocado in moderation provides your body with the “good” monounsaturated fats.
The Vibrant Veggie
- 2 slices of wheat bread (or a wrap)
- 2 tablespoons of hummus
- ¼ cup baby spinach
- ¼ cup shredded carrots
- 3 thin slices of cucumber
- 2 slices of tomato
Turkey Apple Brie
- 2 slices of crisp French bread
- 3 slices of turkey
- 2 tablespoons of brie spreadable cheese
- 2 thin slices of apple
This sandwich provides a salty-sweet sensation from the combination of the turkey and apple.
Egg Salad Sandwich
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup green onion
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
The sandwich that started from Jack Montagu’s plain beef and bread multitasking solution has since made lunch on-the-go both easy and convenient. Try some of these sandwiches, and get creative with your own.
Photo Credit: Sammy Gitlin