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Happy day to you all!
What’s Cooking is still knee deep in computer troubles.  I convinced my better half to let me post this before our tech wizard wipes out my belongings for the second time in two weeks-just so we could chat about the importance of lunch!  And the sandwiches I promised we would talk about on Wednesday.

Now I’m a 90% salad for lunch type of gal myself.  5% I eat veggie sticks and hummus.  But even me, Miss Eating Light sometimes enjoys a sandwich for her mid-day meal.  There are plenty of ways for everyone to “have a sandwich” without breaking the calorie bank!

Use “lite“, low-carb or “diet” breads and tortillas.  My future daughter-in-law and I have found that we like the whole wheat low-carb bagels or tortillas that can be purchased in bulk at our local Costco.  The bagels are 110 calories and 32% fiber.  The tortillas are very nice in size and have only 80 calories and almost 1/2 your daily fiber need in them!

Use them!  Using hummus as a base, load up on leftover roasted or steamed veggies, add a lean slice of turkey or chicken.  Don’t like hummus-use some spicy mustard and add romaine or spinach leaves.  Sort of like making a “salad” in your bread.

Don’t need to worry about your waist (lucky lady)then choose hearty artisan breads, unusual spreads (bourbon mustard, chipolte BBQ sauce, wasabi mustard)and fill up on your favorites.  Look at menus from your favorite restaurants-chose some of what looks interesting and re-create them at home.

The point is-sandwiches do not have to mean PB&J (although I would kill for a PB, Banana and Honey on toasted whole wheat for lunch if my lower extremities would allow it)or tuna on rye!

Get creative.  Doing so in your kitchen allows you to tailor your lunchtime sandwich to your tastes, health restrictions and use up leftovers all at the same time.  Plus, in today’s world where gas has risen almost $1.50 a gallon in the last year-brown bagging that sandwich saves big bucks as well.

Now, I hope I’ve encouraged you to dust off the bread-maker, buy some artichoke and chive hummus, roast some zucchini and carrots and make yourself one absolutely terrific sandwich for tomorrow’s noon time meal!



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