Bread and toppings yield a surprising array of flavors, but none of these great-for-lunch-or-dinner sandwiches needs more than five ingredients.
Text: Jason Horn
August 10, 2009
1 of 12Photo: Victor Protasio
Spinach, Hummus, and Bell Pepper Wraps
Make this super-simple wrap the night before, wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap, and store in the fridge—just grab it in the morning on your way out the door. Use Flatout Light whole-grain flatbreads to keep calories in check; you can find them at most supermarkets, usually in the bakery section.
Shrimps tossed in spicy vinegar BBQ sauce are a super-savory toast topping that makes a great lunch or light dinner. Pair these flavorful open-faced sandwiches with the Haricots Verts with Cherry Tomatoes and Mushrooms for a colorful and complete plate.
Instead of the usual bagel with cream cheese and jam, we're adding protein and cutting sugar with creamy hummus and vegetables. Start with a whole-grain English muffin, and pile on shaved carrot, zucchini, and roasted salted sunflower seeds for a savings of 30g added sugar.
Mild Muenster cheese is too often overlooked; it’s great for sandwiches, burgers, omelets, or just plain snacking. It matches well with thinly sliced ham, fresh spinach, and sweet-and-tangy chowchow in these crusty-breaded sandwiches.
• Chicago-style Italian bread
• Deli ham
• Muenster cheese
• Baby spinach
• Mild chowchow
Sweet and salty are a great pair in sandwiches, and this recipe has intensely flavored salty prosciutto paired with candylike fig preserves. Three minutes of grilling and pressing makes the fontina nice and gooey and the whole sandwich crispy and warm.
Chopped cilantro flavors the beef, while whole sprigs take the place of the usual lettuce. Sriracha has rightfully become an all-purpose condiment—its sweet chile heat and its vinegar punch go well beyond burgers, perking up brothy soups, meat marinades, and dipping sauces.
Sweet, nutty, and creamy are the dominant flavors here, with toasted cinnamon-raisin bread, fresh alfalfa, and crisp pears offering lots of crunch. A nice lunch on its own, this sandwich also matches well with slightly sweet soups, like the Honey-Gingered Carrot Soup shown.
With only five ingredients to work with, strong flavors are the best way to build big taste. This dish delivers with intensely sweet-and-sour balsamic glaze and pungent blue cheese (substitute goat cheese or feta if you prefer).
You’re already grilling the chicken, so why not throw the pineapple slices on there too? The caramelized pineapple has a mellowed flavor and softness that’s perfect in this sandwich. A squeeze of lime is all you need to flavor everything.