One of the easiest ways to save money and eat healthier on weekdays is to pack your lunch, but it's equally as easy to get bored with your brown bag routine — especially if you pack the same old deli-meat-and-cheese-on-sliced-bread sandwich every day. Whether it's rotisserie turkey or Virginia ham, it will quickly become monotonous when your only attempt at creativity is to swap out the style of bread or type of cheese that you're using. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways to pack a distinct and delicious sandwich.hummus or nut butter all make great, protein-rich substitutes for deli meat. Exploring these options is a great way to makeover your lunch routine and to give new life to your leftovers.
Once you determine what the main ingredient in your sandwich will be, think beyond the lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise that usually tops your deli meat sandwich; imagine your sandwich as a main dish on bread. If you would serve your pork tenderloin with a side salad of peppery arugula and dried fruit, for example, try using those same flavors on your sandwich. Similarly, if you use peanut butter to make an Asian-inspired noodle bowl, make a savory peanut butter sandwich with shredded carrots and cabbage, pulled rotisserie chicken, and fresh scallions (just be sure to use unsweetened peanut butter).
Virtually anything you like paired on a plate can work between two slices of bread. But if you’re not quite ready to think up your own sandwich creations, we have 11 recipes that are perfect for a meal on the go.
Avocado and Chicken Sandwich
This fresh and filling sandwich gets lots of balanced flavor thanks to tangy goat cheese, sweet red onions, and peppery arugula. Creamy avocado and nutty basil pesto round out this easy-to-make meal.
Balsamic Chopped Chicken Salad Sandwich
If you’re tired of the same old mayonnaise-based chicken salad sandwich, try this sweet and tangy version that uses balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. It’s perfect served on a dense, nutty, whole-grain bread.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.