If you’re like me, you love cooking, you love good food, but sometimes…sometimes…the thought of doing your dishes, cooking, eating, and doing your dishes again is just more than you can handle. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with these simple hacks that amp up your sandwiches!
A NOTE ON BREAD
If you’re going to make a sandwich, make it count. The first thing you’ll need is good bread. Now this is a lazy-time hack, so I’m no recommending you make your own bread (though homemade bread is baller, and you should make it sometime if you haven’t). What I’m suggesting here is that you get yourself a great bread from a local bakery, or even a pretty-good loaf from your local grocery store. Don’t do sliced white bread, for the love of god. Get a full loaf, throw it in your oven for a few minutes to recrisp the crust and re-moisten the crumb. Yes, this is an extra step, but you will not regret it, and it takes minimal effort.
SANDWICH ONE: VEGETARIAN HUMMUS SANDWICH
This is by far my favorite healthy sandwich. I’m 95% vegan now, so I use vegan feta, but that’s not necessary for a healthy, tasty sandwich. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Homemade Hummus (Erin’s favorite hummus recipe is here. I like to add a little Sriracha for a kick, personally.)
- Kalamata Olives
- Shredded Carrots
- Sprouts (bean, broccoli, alfalfa)
- Feta Cheese, Vegan or Regular (If you use vegan, this recipe will be entirely vegan)
Take your oven-warm bread out and slice it. Put a generous amount of your homemade hummus on the bottom slice. Cut kalamata olives in half, place on hummus. Add shredded carrots next, then sprouts. Top with feta, and place top slice of bread on top of that. Slice down the middle and enjoy.
SANDWICH TWO: FAWNCY GRILLED CHEESE
Grilled cheese is hard to top. Well, you’ll never want to eat Kraft singles and white bread again after you taste this fancy version of grilled cheese.
- Goat Cheese
- Thinly Sliced Granny Smith Apple
Spread the mayo on the outside parts of your bread. You’ll be using this instead of butter. If you haven’t tried this grilled cheese hack yet, let me tell you: it’ll give you an even toast, and it won’t change the flavor much.
Spread the inside of the bread with a generous amount of goat cheese. Put a thin layer of green apple slices on the bottom slice of bread, and top that with a drizzle of honey. Assemble and toast as you would a normal grilled cheese, until the goat cheese is warm and melty. I love to serve this with a cold cucumber soup in the summer, which you can make by blending yogurt, de-seeded cucumbers, and dill, with some salt and pepper.
SANDWICH THREE: SPICY TUNA SALAD
Do you like a good tuna salad, but feel a little sick of mayo and tuna? Here is the hack you need: wasabi paste! This alone will amp up the flavor of your tuna salad, but we’re adding some fresh veggies, too.
- Wasabi Paste, to taste
- One can or individual packet of tuna fish
- shredded carrots
- sliced cucumber
Put your tuna in a medium bowl and mix with your desired amount of mayo and wasabi paste. Spread on the bottom piece of toasted bread. Top with sliced cucumber, then top that with shredded carrots and sprouts. Voila! Healthy, protein-rich, and a little kick. Perfect lazy, tasty lunch!