Ah, the sandwich! A lunchtime staple since our mothers first sent us off to school with peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the crusts removed. Of course, as we were growing older, so did our sandwiches, graduating to classics like ham and cheese, chicken salad or perhaps even a Reuben, when we feel like getting a little fancy.
Unluckily, increasing amounts of information have been coming out showing how bread, which is the backbone of every sandwich, is not good for us as originally marketed. Much of the wheat grown today is genetically modified, and there is so much salt, as well as sugar and preservatives which are added to it that it barely matches what bread once was. As a result of this, things like gluten, as well as some other intolerances and allergies are on the rise and forcing people to say goodbye to their convenient, as well as tasty lunchtime go-to.
10 great sandwich ideas that use ZERO bread
Here, we are happy to report that going breadless does not have to mean giving up sandwiches after all. We have created a list of bread alternatives which are healthy and satisfying. In fact, there are very good ones, so you may like them even better than your traditional bun.
1. Collard wraps
Collard greens are the perfect replacement for a tortilla or wheat wrap as well, as they are large, sturdy and with relatively neutral flavor which allows people to fill them with just about anything. Some things such as hummus, baba ganoush and every veggie you can imagine, make for a tasty, as well as filling lunch. A personal favorite is leftover turkey dinner collard wraps: Complete with turkey, as well as cranberry sauce.
2. Swiss chard wraps
The Swiss chard is another big, leafy green which holds up well in a wrap. You can try chicken or turkey with apples and a touch of sharp cheddar or leftover roast beef with some cranberries and feta.
3. Boston bib lettuce wraps
Boston bib lettuce is another large (hence the ‘bib’ part), and it folds easily. You should consider making chicken salad wraps, or also get a touch of summer by putting in some grilled chicken, as well as strawberries or other summer fruit.
The apple-wiches make for perfect snacks, as well as breakfasts or lunches. You should pick your favorite sturdy, crisp apple and spread them with whatever you would like to. Peanut butter, as well as cheddar cheese, tuna salad or fresh ricotta and a drizzle of honey, are all scrumptious, as well as healthy options.
5. Waffle bread
Even though this may sound too good to be true, we assure you that it is not. Making grain free, as well as wheat-free waffle bread is easy, and there are a lot of options regarding what you can make them with. You should consider giving this plantain waffle bread a try, or if plantains are not your thing, you should try the sweet potato version instead. The best thing about waffle bread is that you can make a big batch of it and freeze them.
6. Sweet potato toasts
These toasts are the answer t every avo-toast lover’s dreams. But, it is not just that – they also make a great replacement for your morning peanut butter and toast, and it can easily replace bread or a bun in any burger or sandwich. You can prepare them easily on the toaster, in the oven if you are looking to do some large batches at once. The possibilities are endless.
7. Cucumber sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches are easy for preparing and have a satisfying crunch that regular old submarine sandwiches just do not have. All that you have to do is cut your cucumber in half then remove the center with the seeds in it by using a spoon, and there you have it. You have a nice open pocket for whatever type of cucumber sandwich you would like. You can use ham and cheese, tuna salad, salmon and avocado, BLT – whatever your “normal” sub toppings are, only on a cucumber instead.
8. Eggplant Rounds
If you are a person that likes layers in their sandwiches, you should look no further than the eggplant. To make these fun, as well as interesting bread alternatives, you just simply have to slice your eggplant into thin rounds, toss a little oil, salt, and pepper and bake in the oven until they are completely cooked. From there, you should take four rounds and layer them with your sandwich filling. Even though this may be somewhat messier than a traditional sandwich, the best foods are the ones that you need to lick your fingers after eating, right?
9. Cauliflower bread buns
Just when you thought that you could not do anymore with cauliflower, the favorite cruciferous vegetable of everyone is back in the form of tasty, as well as sturdy, and a grain-free burger bun. No matter if you are using them to substitute your burger bun at the next backyard barbecue which you will make or also get some more vegetables into your regular office lunch, these cauliflower buns will not disappoint you.
10. Chickpea bread
Garbanzo beans are not just for hummus anymore. Chickpea flatbread, which is also known as Socca, is a popular staple in the Cote D’Azur in France, and it is not a surprise why is that so. It is very easy to make, it is also inexpensive, as well as versatile, and it fits with their healthy Mediterranean diet. You can also use it to replace flatbread for dipping or a bread replacement.
And before you go…
To give up bread does not have to be something horrible, and it also does not mean that you have to stop enjoying your favorite foods. With just a little creativity, as well as the open mind, you can still have healthy, easy and fast lunches during the week which do not leave you bloated or sluggish or any other lasting health effects.