Brown bagging it takes skill. You have to carve out the time to make it to the grocery store, buy the right ingredients and then actually make and remember to bring that lunch when heading out the door. I know, the deli down the street just seems so much easier, but packed lunches done right are healthier not to mention wallet friendlier. Plus, a tiny part of you wants to make your coworkers jealous when they’re staring at their drab kale salad or the sandwich that cost them the equivalent of three coffees.
In honor of National Sandwich month, I scoured the interwebs for the best-sliced bread ideas. Think turkey avocado club, eggplant lovers dream, even grilled zucchini. Prepare to step up your lunch game.
Turkey Avocado Club
More creative than the regular turkey sandwich this yummy Turkey Avocado Club is quick and easy to make.
Crunchy Fried PB&J
Make your old school PB&J a bit more interesting. Frying it adds a little crunch to the sandwich and this Crunchy Fried PB&J recipe uses cinnamon cereal to sprinkle in some sweetness.
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
Fried green tomatoes are classic southern fare. Add them to a sandwich and you have an utterly unique lunch. Chili powder and green hot sauce gives the sandwich some kick.
Grilled Zucchini Caprese Sandwich
Don’t make just one of these Grilled Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches. Trust me, everyone at the office is going to begging for a taste. The balsamic vinegar makes the sandwich a little tasteful along with the basil leaves. Try serving it with some chips or a small salad on the side.
Eggplant Mozzarella Melt
Step up the grilled cheese game with the Eggplant Mozzarella Melt. Don’t be afraid to add your own seasoning to the eggplant and pour on lots of sauce and cheese to really get the melt effect.
Hummus Vegetable Sandwich
A yummy, quick and easy-to-make sandwich for vegetarians or anyone taking part in Meatless Monday, the Hummus Vegetable Sandwich is full of flavor. If you’re not into the olives, substitute them for something else, such as roasted red peppers.
Tampa Cuban Sandwich
If you love Cuban sandwiches try this Tampa Cuban Sandwich. It takes some time to cook the meat as the pork needs to time to marinade and you’ll have to refrigerate the meat for a few hours before putting it in the oven. The wait, however, is definitely worth it.
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