|make your stomach happy||.||
to build a better sandwich
by Yee-Fan Sun | 1 2 3
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Don't think you have to limit yourself to standard bread either. Tortillas, lavash bread, pita bread and bagels all make excellent alternatives to your typical loaf. I always keep a bag of tortillas in the freezer; because they're so thin, they thaw even faster than bread slices. Plus, they make for mighty tasty wrap-style sandwiches, which not only provide a pleasant break from the same-old same-old, but are easy to eat with one hand (perfect for those of us who often find themselves multi-tasking lunch and work).
(or veggie) of the matter
Tired of cold cuts? Leftover roast chicken makes a delicious sandwich filling; use it the same way you use regular deli meat, or shred it, toss with chopped apples and mayonnaise and enjoy a tasty chicken salad. Don't have any chicken handy? Canned tuna is your friend. Meanwhile, for the vegetarians out there, one of my favorite sandwich-friendly salads is a green bean pate. Readymade falafels, bean dip/puree, and roasted vegetables (roast them up on a Sunday and they'll be ready to be popped into your sandwich come the workweek) also make delectable vegetarian-friendly fillings.
Even just adding a few bits of lettuce will up the goodness of your sandwich substantially. Romaine keeps really well and has good flavor and texture; as I almost always have some sort of ready-prepped greens mix sitting in the fridge for spontaneous salads, I'll also often throw down a handful of whatever salad mix happens to be on hand (baby lettuce, spinach, arugula, whatever). But don't just stop with the greens. Other veggies also make excellent additions; try thinly sliced cucumber or red onion, a mountain of sprouts, a sliced ripe tomato or smattering of sundried tomatoes, a layer of sliced avocado (drizzle or toss the avocado with lime or lemon to it from getting too brown and gross while it sits). For wrap-style sandwiches, meanwhile, I like to pair the filling with shredded lettuce (shredding creates more volume than laying out flat leaves) and some crisp julienned (skinny matchstick-cut) veggies -- carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers are all good.
For an extra-special touch, try topping off your concoction with a sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs. Cilantro, basil and tarragon can all work nicely with chicken, turkey, and cheese sandwiches; chives, scallions and flat-leaf parsley, meanwhile, will spruce up just about any filling.