Aug. 27, 2013
Back to School Herbies (Part 2): Sandwich Ideas (Make Exciting School and Work Lunches!)
We've declared this Back to School Week here on the blog, and turns out, August is also National Sandwich Month! (Coincidence? I think not!) So today, we're talking about taking sandwiches from ordinary to extraordinary (I love PB&J, but not every day — let's get some variety up in here!).
Historically, it's said that the 4th Earl of Sandwich is to thank for coming up with the sandwich. His inspiration? A meal you can eat with one hand that won't interfere with your gambling. Today, they're the go-to lunch item and offer endless options for a healthy, plant-based lunch to be excited about! Here's a list of sandwiches, wraps, and burgers from the blog and cookbooks that work awesomely in school or work lunches.
And if you missed it, check out Part 1 of our Back to School series for on-the-go snacks to go with your drool-worthy lunch.
Here are my tips on how to assemble a crave-worthy sandwich from basics you have in the kitchen:
1. Start with any whole-wheat (or GF) bread, bun, baguette, pita, or wrap you like.
2. Consider non-traditional spreads and sauces! Try different hummus flavors or a fun twist on ketchup, mustard, or mayo (see the list below for ideas). Marinara sauce and cheesy spreads make sandwiches divine and are a great use for leftovers.
3. Speaking of leftovers, repurpose your dinner leftovers into fantastic sandwiches! The HH loafs and burgers are great in sandwiches (I even love most of them cold!).
4. Stack your sandwich with lots of veggies and fruit! Greens and tomato are at home on almost any sandwich, but don't forget about other less sandwich-conventional produce like sprouts, cucumbers, olive, carrot rounds, apple slices, banana, strawberries — almost anything you love in a salad is just as delish between bread slices or in a wrap.
HH Sandwiches, Wraps, and Burgers
Breakfast Sandwiches — HHC, page 20
German Sandwich Spread — HHA, page 52
“Tuna” Salad — HHC, page 113
Eggless Salad — EHH, page 74
Salsa Chickpea Lettuce Wraps — HHC, page 93
Smoky Black Bean Wraps — HHC, page 95
BBQ Chop Wrap — HHC, page 91
Hummus — HHA, page 195
Hummus and Veggies
Sweet Slaw — EHH, page 223
Grilled Cheeze — EHH, page 78
Meatball Subs — HHC, page 109
“Oyster” Po’Boys — EHH, page 76
Island Portobello Burgers — EHH, page 88
Black Bean Burgers — HHC, page 86
Kidney-Quinoa Burgers — EHH, page 85
Masala Burgers — EHH, page 83
Mushroom Burgers — HHC, page 89
Pinto Burgers — EHH, page 86
Quick Burgers — EHH, page 81
Soul Burgers — HHC, page 90
Tempeh Joes — HHC, page 111
Wizard Roll-Ups — HHC, page 96
Bean Cakes — HHC, page 247
Cuban Black Bean Cakes — EHH, page 185
Hippie Loaf — HHC, page 144
Tempeh Meatloaf — EHH, page 180
Cajun Meatloaf — HHC, page 141
Lentil Loaf — HHA, page 257
Chickpea Tenders — EHH, page 182
Portobello Steaks — HHC, page 148
Sauces and Spreads
Nutty Spread — HHC, page 253
Chipotle Mayo — EHH, page 266
Curry Ketchup — HHA, page 191
“Honey” Mustard — EHH, page 269
Low-Fat Guacamole — HHC, page 231
Masala Mayo — EHH, page 267
Mayo — HHC, page 271; EHH, page 272; HHA, page 233
Southern-Style BBQ Sauce — HHC, page 256
Smoky Cajun Mayo — EHH, page 267
Quick Marinara Sauce — HHC, page 259
Nacho Cheese Sauce — HHC, page 265
P.S. You can always count on the meal plans for fresh, seasonal wrap and sandwich ideas!
Herbies, what are your favorite sandwiches and wraps to whip up for lunches?