Don’t get stuck in a rut with PB&J or ham and cheese. And for God’s sake, stop stinking up the whole office with your canned tuna every day — you know who you are. Try these sammich alternatives that are just as creative and mouth-watering as they are nutritious. Brown-bagging it this fall doesn’t have to be boring. (Nor does it need brown bags. Use a lunchbox and save a tree!) We’ve got you covered for every day of the week.
Grilled Portobello mushrooms and goat cheese sandwich with green-olive/pine-nut pesto
We admit; this isn’t a HellaWella original. We couldn’t help but borrow this one from FineCooking.com. The photo had us drooling.
The Portobello and pesto require a little preparation. We suggest grilling the Portobello mushrooms and preparing the pesto the night before. You can make enough Portobello mushrooms to save for tomorrow’s dinner or another sandwich later in the week. And pesto is extremely versatile — don’t restrict it to sandwiches. Make enough that you can use some later in the week to make pizza or pasta salad, or use it as a marinade on chicken or fish.
For sandwich (1 serving):
For pesto (4 servings):
The night before:
In the morning:
This sandwich is perfection when it’s pressed into a panino, but unless you work in the Google office, we doubt you have a George Forman grill at your desk. If you’re craving that panino crunch, toast the bread when making the sandwich in the morning. If not, the sans-toasted version should still make your coworkers jealous.
Turkey, artichokes, sun-dried tomato, mozzarella, red pepper mayo
We’re not going to give you specific measurements the non-mayo ingredients of this scrumptious sammich. Use as much turkey, artichokes, sun-dried tomato and mozzarella as you desire; just remember to maintain a healthy portion size. The roasted red pepper mayo will last a while, so make enough to use for future sandwiches.
For the red pepper mayo (12 servings):
The night before:
The next morning: