Random idea comin at you on this lovely Sunday. So I will say that I think I’m a pretty decent sammich maker. Well, I have never had bad feedback from my creations so that means I’m awesome right?
Anywho, I love making sandwiches for other people because really, like a salad, sammiches are really an endless, anything-goes type of food. If you like something, throw it on there. There are no limits to a sandwich and the more stacked it is, generally the more impressive it is in da mouth…and the belly.
Another thing I like about them?
You don’t need to make it super gluttonous to make it taste great. A super tall and show stopping sandwich can be made completely from wholesome ingredients and be both satisfying and healthy all at the same time.
So when it comes to making the perfect ‘wich, what are some of the rules?
Well, there are no rules like I mentioned before. You like something? Throw it on there. There are no borders.
So the point of this post then? Well, maybe I can give you are some tips on what I think adds to the nommness factor based on my sandwich making experience.
The number one thing I will say is that bread better be toasty!
Crunchy Factor #1!
Toast it, throw in a pan, broil it, panini that **it. Whatever you do just don’t leave it soft. That just ain’t right.
What about if you don’t want bread?
Not to worry I have you covered.
~Sweet tater or other starchy veggie ‘bun’
~Thick green wraps (collards or chard leaves work best IMO)
~DIY buns like the awesome gluten-free, paleo english muffins from Arman
~Homemade pancakes or waffles make amazing buns as well.
More Crunch factors?
Crunch is a major help for mouth-feel. Other then the bread, I don’t think too much crunch is a good thing so perhaps one raw thing of two, but don’t go crazy and do the whole thing crunchy or thats too much.
IMO them raw, vegan sammiches just don’t do it for me. Cold and overly hard…
Pick your crunchies
~Sprouts (omega’s anyone?)
~Lettuces (spinach, spring mix, cabbage-slaw for a thai inspired sammich)
~Crunchy bacon if that’s your thing
~Crunchy coating on something (healthy ‘fried’ eggplant or an almond or oat/flax meal coated chicken)
Healthy Fried Eggplant –> heat a lil bit of coconut oil in a pan on medium/high. Slice an eggplant fairly thin. Dip in an egg or white white wash and then dip in a mixture of breadcrumbs or mix of gluten free oats/flax for GF option + some optional parmesan cheese. Place in the hot pan and let it cook until crispy. Flip and then remove when done. If they are still looking a bit raw due to thickness, toss in the toaster oven at 400 and roast until cooked through.
~Veggie chips. I like to make zucchini chips by tossing slices of zucchini in some olive oil and a touch of pink salt and roasting them off at 400 degrees until crispy (flip once).
Okay now you need something melty…
Melty is just appealing and although you can do cheese, you can also have other melty things be just as exciting (see you dairy-free friends, I gotcha covered too ;-))
Melty Goodness factors
~Cheese obviously. Go with something different and try out Brie + Caramelized Apple or Pear. OR Cheddar + Green Apple +Turkey
~Roasted watery vegetables –> Roasted tomatoes do the trick nicely
~Peanut Butter if you’re going sweet…
…Throw in sautéed banana for another top up to the melty goodness factor.
Okay Something Protein-y..
A sammich has to have some staying power right? There are the obvious meats and such but here are some twists and maybe some protein ideas you may not have thought about:
~Smoked Salmon –> Fresh! Pair this with Avocado + Sprouts + Spinach + A homemade greek yogurt + cucumber spread.
~Beans –> Vegan Option! Make a spread out of chickpeas, white beans, etc and then add some roasted veggies like the wrap below.
~Shrimp –> Yes even shellfish can be put in a sammich. A healthier version of a Po’boy if you will.
Last but not least…
A Sauce of Sorts..
A sandwich just isn’t a sandwich if it’s dry. So, there are your
BORING… condiments like mustard, ketchup and maybe BBQ sauce, but what about things that are more fun eh?
~A Yolky Egg–> How awesome is it when you press that baby down and the yolk gushes out?
~Avocado –> Duh.
~Hummus –> People underutilize this glorious and vegan spread. Try more then just the basic hummus variety. Sundried Tomato hummus with an italian-style creation. Olive hummus for a greek version. Or…
~Pesto –> Basil Pesto is absolutely amazing, but there are other great ones out there as well.
~Tzatziki –> Going Greek?
~Cranberry Sauce –> Make it homemade and add it with Turkey to feel like Christmas all year ’round.
~Peanut Butter…? Apparently it’s a ‘thing’ now to put peanut butter on your burgers. Interesting…
So yeah, now that you’re bursting with ideas, go make your fine self a sandwich and report back with your creation 😉
Oh and we don’t discriminate here on Lil Miss Fitness Freak…
Spicy fish tacos with brown rice (fish burrito?) and all the mustard count too.
Hope you had a great weekend all and enjoy the long May-24 weekend!