Though the history of the wrap is disputed, one truth remains: The sandwich substitute is often wrongly labeled as a “health food.” While eating a wrap packed with lean protein and veggies definitely provides key nutrients your body needs, the vessel your ingredients are wrapped in may be sabotaging that “healthy” label. One 12-inch whole-wheat tortilla — a standard for a wrap — has 310 calories and more than 50 grams of carbs. One way to take your calorie count into your own hands is to swap that bread — be it a tortilla, rice paper, lavash or pita — for greens. Large leafy greens make a seamless substitute for traditional wraps and are a delicious alternative to bread. Read more
Veggie Lover’s Club Sandwich (above)
Nothing boring about this veggie sandwich. Choose from smoked tofu or smoked mozzarella for a boost of protein, and give the whole-wheat club an Italian accent with sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and chopped fresh oregano. Read more
I’m thrilled that America has embraced panini. They’re not the only sandwiches we’re eating (burgers are still up there), but we’ve grown to love them enough to keep them on the culinary map for a while. The possibilities for these pressed, toasted sandwiches are endless, but creative fillings can turn the simple dish into a sensational meal.
This week, you all shared ideas about how you make unique sandwiches and use your favorite condiments. Plus, a question on whether “seedless” grapes are natural.
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to make lunch more exciting. It seems like the mid-day meal can’t compete with our busy schedules and endless to-do lists. A sandwich is a simple solution, but there’s no need for it to be the same-old PB&J or turkey with cheese. Here are five basic sandwiches that all have a special twist.
Need a new lunch idea? This baked eggplant and cheese sandwich is a nice change and easy for toting. Packed with veggies like bell peppers and tomatoes, the sammy will give you enough vitamin C to cover your daily needs. With 350 calories per serving, it’s also works as a light, veg-friendly dinner served with baked sweet potato fries.
P.S. It’s also a perfect way to celebrate Meatless Monday.
Skip the bagel and try this instead. This dish’s smoked salmon and pumpernickel bread boost your daily dose of omega-3 fats and whole grains. Experiment with different veggie toppers: carrots, radishes or bell peppers. And this isn’t just for a morning meal — try it for a quick lunch, too.