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Sandwiches for Dinner

By Alana Sugar, September 12, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar
Convenience! It’s the number one, most important factor for many families when it comes to dinnertime. With all the after school and evening activities ramping up, preparing meals can be a real struggle. It’s no wonder many parents turn to fast food and junk food…it’s quick, it’s cheap and it’s convenient. Sad to say, but good food choices often get thrown out the window when things get busy. That’s why I propose the ever-versatile sandwich as the quintessential “fast food” for dinner. Sandwiches are convenient, easy on the budget (if you nix the crab and caviar) and, best of all, cooking can be minimal or not required at all. What more can busy parents ask for? While you might think of sandwiches as lunchtime fare, they are also the perfect answer for a quick dinner. Here are the basics:
  • Choose good quality bread -- preferably whole grain. Vary your choices with pita, a sprouted grain bun, an English muffin, a sandwich loaf, sourdough or whole grain rolls. Don’t forget tortillas — wraps count as sandwiches in my book too!
  • Add a filling such as turkey, cheese, hummus, egg salad, tuna, sardines, tofu or avocado. Don’t go overboard on quantity, though. A “Dagwood” type sandwich may not be the most healthful choice.
  • Pile on plenty of delicious, fresh veggies like grated carrots, sliced cucumbers and colorful bell peppers, tomatoes, red onions and sautéed mushrooms. Tip: Visit our salad bar and fill a container with toppings to go.
  • Green it up! There’s a glorious gamut of gorgeous greens to give your sandwich color, flavor and a nutritional boost. Try baby spinach, arugula, watercress, fresh herbs, cabbage and a variety of lettuces.
Remember, convenience is key! It’s easier to forgo the fast food stops when you’ve got what you need on hand to make quick healthy sandwiches. Stock your pantry and fridge so this is as easy as 1-2-3. Here are a few ideas to take you beyond the basics. Feel free to experiment! When I want a fast sandwich for dinner, I surrender to this personal favorite: Thin slices of grilled chicken breast, a few shavings of raw Manchego cheese (a favorite from Spain), avocado slices, and plenty of baby spinach and grilled fresh veggies piled high on whole grain bread. A little bit of heaven! Got a super sandwich idea that’s quick and convenient? Let me know.




Alicia says ...
Apple butter w. smoked turkey and gouda, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions.
09/15/2011 8:56:27 AM CDT
Deborah says ...
I love a BLAST. Bacon, lettuce, avocado, sprouts and tomato. Also egg salad with bacon and avacado.
09/15/2011 10:22:35 AM CDT
Aaron and Megan says ...
Apple Panini: Whole wheat bread, hint of dijon mustard, thin apple slices piled on, one or two slices of cheese (your choice, swiss, mozzarella, american, etc)
09/15/2011 10:23:01 AM CDT
Lucy says ...
Avocado, sardines, splash of lemon juice, open-faced on thin toasted rye or pumpernickel slices
09/15/2011 10:24:14 AM CDT
KA says ...
We eat sandwiches at least twice/week . . . some type of protein topped with sprouts, spinach, tomatoes plus sometimes, cucumbers, avocado, carrots, etc.
09/15/2011 4:35:36 PM CDT
Diane Moore says ...
I am impressed with the use of solar power at the Eros family farm! I definately will try this delicious sounding yogurt on my next trip to whole foods.
09/18/2011 11:48:30 AM CDT
Elizabeth king says ...
Hi! I love Whole Foods! I live in Reno Nevada and Las Vegas Nevada, in Reno you offer a roasted turkey breast that tastes like a Thanksgiving! You also have a roast beef that tastes home cooked. These selections are not offered in Las Vegas, I was wondering why? Thanks for being suchba great place to shop! Elizabeth King
09/19/2011 9:23:30 PM CDT
NoRecipeRequired says ...
I love sandwiches...Agree they are simple, but too many people forget about some basics. Great point, about the quality of the bread - that can make or break a sando. One of my favorites is the Cuban Sandwich http://tiny.cc/ah9df, it's the perfect combination of cheese, meat and garnish...and like I said, great bread.
09/20/2011 11:58:55 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Elizabeth Thanks for your support and loyalty! We're glad you love these products. Due to a number of variables (product availability, local sourcing, etc), our stores aren't always able to offer the same awesome products at certain stores. Many of our stores also make items in store, creating further variance in pre-made selections. If you'd like to speak to a Team Member at the Reno store about the future of these items in the Reno store, follow the link below. Stay posted for the great holiday roasts and turkey offerings we will be promoting soon. :) http://wholefoodsmarket.com/company/contact_direct.php?tlc=RNO
09/20/2011 4:46:56 PM CDT
David says ...
No problem with a sandwich for dinner. Why would there be?
09/23/2011 5:09:35 PM CDT
Caleb Anderson says ...
I will definetly remember these tips, since my lunches right now taste like BIRD FOOD #awesomeness Go WFM!
02/22/2012 8:11:29 PM CST
sebelle poole says ...
How can you find out what foods you prepare a day than other going there and being disappointed, such as: those small turkey and jack cheese sandwiches, veggie quesadillas, mini chocolate brownies...
10/19/2013 3:42:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SEBELLE - This would be determined by your local store. I would suggest reaching out to them directly to see if they have a set schedule of when they will have these items in their store. Often times, the selections will change based on availability/seasonality of ingredients.
10/28/2013 3:00:29 PM CDT