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Sandwiches at home - no cold cuts

About a year ago, I basically gave up cold cuts and pasta. Just by excluding those two things and eating slightly smaller portions I lost about 50 lbs. Recently, I've been on a little bit of a take-out craze and added quite a few of those lost pounds, but when it comes to lunch, I'm sticking to the cold cut cut-out. So my sandwich of choice lately has been sliced tomato, red onion, lettuce, avocado and cheddar with a little balsamic vinaigrette, mayo and mustard (sometimes omitted). On occasion I'll add cucumbers. I think the sandwich is delicious and despite the bread and mayo, fairly healthy.

I'm not bored by this sandwich, because it's delicious, but was wondering, what other cold cut free sandwiches are people eating. I like tuna, but prefer it as tuna salad and not on bread...weird, but just a preference.

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  1. I realize you said you do not like tuna on bread, but one of the most incredible sandwiches I ever ate was made by an Italian friend of mine.....Imported Tonno in Olive Oil, on crusty Semolina Bread spread with butter first, then slices of NJ Beefsteak tomatoes and thin sliced onions. The tonno is just broken up with a fork and spread over the sandwich, with oil, and with fresh cracked black pepper. Salt is optional. Another surprising sandwich was made by an Egyptian co-worker many years ago...again on a hero type roll, made with a can of sardines in tomato sauce....simply smashed and put on the bread.

    I generally roast beef, pork or chicken once a week and the leftovers are used for the sandwiches I may make at home....but if they are not available then the following are always classic for me..

    Egg Salad
    Shrimp Salad
    BLT

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    1. re: fourunder

      The tuna thing actually sounds pretty good like that. Shrimp Avocado Salad I've done. And BLT is great, but don't want to eat bacon every day....wait, yes I do

    2. I've never liked cold cuts much anyway. My favorite sandwich is grilled veggies (in Foreman grill), top with cheese and put it back in the Foreman for a poor gal's panini.I also like canned sardines on toast, with thin slices of tomato. If I have pita bread, falafels. I enjoy peanut butter and good jam or honey. Maybe bananas in there too.

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      1. re: tcamp

        When I want a sweet, I have PB with bananas and a slight drizzle of maple syrup

        1. re: jhopp217

          i love that combo AND also love the combo of:
          PB, bananas, drizzeled with choc syrup made with valrhonna cocoa.
          also love PB on toast, sprinkled with semi-sweet chocolate chips, then put the whole thing back in the toaster oven on BROIL to melt the chips all over the peanut butter.

      2. I've made fresh chicken salad before with fresh roasted chicken, a combo of Greek yogurt & mayo and either added dried cranberries or grapes. Delicious!

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        1. re: jenscats5

          A deli that used to be near me had a sandwich with roasted turkey (real turkey), stuffing and cranberries....it was amazing

          1. re: jhopp217

            All of our sub shops around here carry the turkey-mayo-stuffing-cranberry sauce sub....Very popular!

        2. There's the bruschetta route: take your described sandwich, lose the avo, mayo & mustard, replace the lettuce with basil and the cheddar with fresh mozzarella (you can also use balsamic vinaigrette instead of straight balsamic vinegar) and, if you want, top with anchovy slices or capers.

          Also try your described sandwich using a handful of onion sprouts (available at some farmer's markets).

          A strange but yummy (and cheap) sandwich from my childhood was sliced green olives (the stuffed-with-pimento type) and sliced cheddar on soft bread spread with mayo.

          There are also the myriad of variations on pizza utilizing bread, bagel, or tortilla, tomatoes or jarred sauce (including pesto), cheese, and whatever else you have. Advantages of such "open-faced sandwiches" is that they're hot, and you use only one slice of bread. (My usual is lightly toasted sourdough, tomato slices, zapped a few seconds in the micro to warm the tomatoes, then topped with thick slices of extra sharp cheddar and returned to micro to partially melt the cheese. Optional: top with crispy bacon. Eat with lots of salt and freshly ground black pepper and sometimes tabasco.

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          1. re: Michelly

            I do tomato, mozzarella and pesto paninis sometimes. The olive thing sounds nice. I actually had a cheddar and olive sandwich with mayo a few weeks ago. I also threw in a few sun dried tomatoes

            1. re: Michelly

              The olive thing sounds like deconstructed pimento cheese!

              What's not to like?

            2. does it have to be a sandwich or nothing else?

              why not bring a piece of cooked chicken and some left over veggies? next day a burger patty or slice of meatloaf and some veggies; next day a tuna salad and some veggies, next day cottage cheese and some veggies; next day cheese & crackers & fruit ~~ why only a sandwich? I seldom buy bread and carry my lunch every work day.

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              1. re: laliz

                I was wondering the same. I'm not one of those weirdo "bread is the Devil" people but you know, what about soup, salad, the tuna salad you suggested and some veggies on the side, leftovers from casseroles or roasts, why just sandwiches?

                1. re: rockandroller1

                  I tend to eat very light breakfasts, so I usually want something filling. That being said, I quite often eat chicken and veggies, but my question was about sandwiches. Obviously, one could eat whatever they want

                  1. re: jhopp217

                    Fair enough. And I assume these are work sandwiches, not something you can make at home, like the fried egg sandwich idea would not work.

                    Cream cheese could be a good base for some sandwiches, you can buy the low fat kind or a tofu type (I've had them, they're very plain and not bad) and put chopped veggies and sprouts, or use mashed avocado mixed with a small amount of mayo as a base for same. Tomatoes and kalamatas and cream cheese would be good, maybe with some chopped scallion.

                    Chicken salad as someone else mentioned is a good idea. Or egg salad. Make it with predominantly whites and it's not a cholesterol boom.

                    You could also buy some of those veggie cold cuts. I've had those and they're surprisingly tasty, though obviously not truly like the original meat product.

                    1. re: jhopp217

                      ok. I just processed it differently and wondered: why cut out lunch meat instead cut out bread. just me. I often eat lunch meat for lunch w/out bread.

                      1. re: laliz

                        That's what I thought too. And I'm a dork as I didn't see in his title he said "at home." so the options are a lot more than what I listed.

                        1. re: laliz

                          I cut out lunch meat, because it's all basically crap. While I have done the low carb thing, I've noticed that since I completely cut out deli sandwiches, I've felt a lot better and basically lost weight without even trying. Probably because there is so much sodium in them you retain water. Plus, I noticed, the things I love about sandwiches are usually the veggies and the mayo!

                          1. re: jhopp217

                            also, lunch "meat"is normally high in saturated fat and concocted with chemicals that are less-than-healthy.
                            completely agree that lunch "meat" is a good thing to skip.
                            also, just so you know, i once went to a high-end grocery store with a deli case that included meats that looked like "real" meats. when i asked the clerk which of these meats had no added nitrates, nitrites, preservatives, etc. he told me that they inject that stuff into ALL the meats in the deli counter INCLUDING the roast turkey breast that they hand sliced to order.

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              So many people have been sold the idea that turkey breast is healthy! It is so rarely EVER healthy!