Sandwiches are the absolute best aren’t they? They can be lunch, dinner, they can hold almost anything and you can eat them on the run or just carry them and eat them away from home. Most convenient food ever.
Sandwiches are also amazing if you want a quick energy boost when you’re dozing off in the middle of a paper. Instead of gulping down 20 ounces of coffee or a giant can of energy drink, try eating a delicious sandwich, it’ll wake you up. Pop in some jalapeños and the zing will wake you up.
I eat a sandwich almost every day. I’ll make myself a PB&J in the morning and a roast chicken one for lunch or a snack during the day. I’m usually very conservative with sandwiches but I’ve been experimenting lately and I haven’t had a bad sandwich yet.
Here’s a list of some sandwich ideas as well as some sides to go with them. You can mix and match this list and it will all still be super delicious.
- PB&J: I like to use pure peanut butter with no sugar, no preservatives. I find that this kind of peanut butter also creates a delicious contrast with the sweet jam.
- PB&B: Thinly slice a banana onto peanut buttered slices of brown bread and drizzle with the tiniest bit of honey. Absolutely delicious. This gives you a massive energy boost too so you might want to try it when you’re dozing off.
- Chicken Salad: Boil some chicken or use some left overs and mix in some mayo (the real stuff is always the best) and a tiny bit of dijon. Some cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper and you can just slather that bad boy onto a lightly toasted piece of bread. Delicious. You can add a bunch of stuff (individually or all of it) into it to give it an extra crunch like – chopped green apples, chopped onions, chopped spring onions, chopped celery, chopped mushrooms and chopped eggs.
- Egg Salad: Boil some eggs, chop them up and add everything that you would in a chicken salad without the chicken. You can add some sausage too. Put this on a bed of spinach on a slice of brown bread. Soooo good.
- Sausage: Thinly slice some italian sausage with some thinly sliced red onion and barbeque sauce and squish in a panini press. You can do without the panini part too. Mozarella/havarti go well with this combination too.
- Sausage-Mayo: Chop up sausage the way you would for the eggs and add in mayo and some pepper and some salt. Mushrooms optional. Yum Yum.
- Apple-Cheese: Thinly slice some green apples and place them on a slice of lightly toasted bread with some sharp cheddar. This works well as an open face sandwich as well as a panini. Provolone works beautifully too, especially if you’re fancy.
- Roast chicken: Roast chicken is literally my most favourite. I buy it from the deli, usually piri piri cause it’s got a bite. I get it shaved which makes it fluffy and fun to eat. You can literally put a number of fillings with the roast chicken. Last one I tried was radishes, provolone and some sharp barbecue sauce on some pumpernickel bread. You can do a roast chicken- cucumber – lettuce, roast chicken – red onion – barbecue sauce, hot sauce – roast chicken – mayo, eggs – roast chicken – cheddar, roast chicken – apple – cheddar/provolone. You can literally put in whatever you have left from the night before. Stuff it with broccoli, asparagus, onions, potatoes, whatever you like. Makes for a super filling meal.
- Chips and ketchup: I am not joking. I knew this person in high school and her mom would crumble chips and put ketchup on one side and mayo on the other and it was actually good. Weird texture but so good.
- Chocolate-nut: One side with nutella or any chocolate spread and thinly sliced almonds or walnuts on the other. Best texture, most delicious.
- Cream cheese-fruit: Cream cheese on one side and fruit on the other. Fruits that go best with cream cheese are: Any kind of berry, peaches, mango, papaya. Do NOT try apples or bananas. Messy. But hey, this is all relative so you might love it.
- Lentil salad: Mash some cooked lentils with some olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Add a tiny bit of cream cheese or mayo if you like or even a small spoonful of mashed potatoes. Slather onto a lightly toasted piece of brown bread (pumpernickel and rye works beautifully) and top with baby spinach leaves.
- Sprouts: Shred some cooked chicken and mix it with bean sprouts. Drizzle some teriyaki sauce or barbecue sauce and munch away.
- Avocado: Avocado is one of my favourite foods. I absolutely detest eating it on its own but in guacamole or sandwiches, it’s brilliant. You can pop a few slices in a sloppy joe, you can add it to a layer of roast beef sandwich or even an apple-chicken sandwich. The creamy texture and taste is a great compliment to strong flavoured foods. Squeeze some lemon on and it’s delectable.
- Shrimp: You can chop up shrimp and do a salad thing, with some apples, some celery, some cilantro, you can do an asian salad with some coconut cream, some lime, some rooster hot sauce and teriyaki or you can just slice it up and with some barbeque sauce and avocado on crusty bread.
- Salmon: Smoked salmon-cream cheese-dill. Squeeze of lemon. Add some thinly slice potatoes. Try a smoked salmon sour cream. Smoke salmon with some eggs and lettuce. I’ve even done like a, salmon-salad thing, with left over flaked pieces of salmon with some cream cheese, dill (you can add onions, asparagus and garlic) and spread that onto a piece of bread. So much better than just baked salmon.
There’s countless other things you could do with sandwiches, you can fill them with essentially anything and everything. Experiment when you’re hungry, that way, if you make something particularly horrid, you won’t be able to tell cause it’ll taste delightful when you’re starving your guts off.
- Chips – Go well with meats and cheeses
- Fries – Go well with meats and cheeses
- Macaroni and Cheese – go well with fruit, cream cheese and light fillings
- Salad (not with creamy dressing!) – Go well with seafood sandwiches and meat sandwiches
- Fruit – Go with sharp cheeses
- Cheese – Go well with veggie sandwiches or all meat sandwiches
- Pretzels – Go better with open-faced sandwiches and all meat, spicy sandwiches.
Bread is easily available and super cheap as are some of the ingredients. Try it out and don’t kill yourself slowly by drinking energy drinks!