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Let’s face it-The Heat is On, and for most of the country, not in a good way.
Bearing this in mind-let’s talk cold dishes.
Salads, sandwiches, wraps-all great choices. What you don’t want to do is make meals boring. You can serve the “same old, same old“, but you can try new ways or items in the plates. Here are some ideas:
Sandwiches: No brainer-try a new bread. If you usually go with whole wheat or sourdough, think rye. Better yet, try one that has some kind of nut, olives, herbs. One of my husband’s new favorite bread (and we‘re talking about a person who told me 3 hours after a fresh loaf came out of the bread machine that it was “stale“) is having a sandwich with roasted garlic and rosemary. I love pecans, raisins and cinnamon.
We did try the olive and evoo loaf as well-all of these can give you some very needed choices of texture and flavors.
Another good bread to try are foccacia buns.
Wraps-no excuses for using plain old flour. Right on the same shelf you can find roasted tomato, spinach, blue corn and flaxseed and so many more!
Tonight-I’m heading over to Costco and getting a chicken and using the last tortilla type and adding some fresh bruschetta for a quick and tasty meal.
Which bread me to spreads-there are literally an infinite amount of various types of mustards, ketchups, salsas, mayos and BBQ sauces several aisles-don’t put on the usual!
Pile the veggies sky high! Not just lettuce and tomato either. Slice up portabello mushrooms, use leftover roasted veggies slices, pickles and slices of avocado.
Toast the bread, use a different cheese, think outside the box!
While in Santa Rosa-I had a fantastic sandwich of mixed grain toast with roasted eggplant, caramelized onions, grilled portabello cap and herbed goat cheese. Truly a wonder of flavors and textures.
Do the same for salads! Try a grilled veggie mix over spinach. If you always top your greens with chicken or tuna-go for some grilled steak or pulled pork.
Dressing? Throwing together one of your own is a breeze, but if you prefer buying a bottle-vow to try one you’ve been threatening to buy! Go Indian, try a spicy Sesame or don’t use a traditional topper-pour on some salsa!
The heat might get to you, but you don’t have to give in to it!
What’s your favorite salad of the moment? You‘re favorite hot weather sandwich? Do you have a new and interesting version of Gazpaucho? Share!