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I pack my partner a lunch most weekdays, typically there is some fruit, yogurt, a green salad, and turkey sandwich (with pesto mayo and roasted red peppers). He hasn't complained yet but I would be totally sick of that turkey sandwich by now if I were him.

In my case I often bring left overs to work but he isn't a fan of this and prefers a sandwich.

Just wondering if any other chowhounds out there are prepping sandwiches for take out by any of the adults in their lives (partner, parent, older kids). Not to say that he wouldn't like PB and J, but I don't think that is the route I want to take ha ha.

Thoughts anyone?

He isn't vegetarian but a veggie sandwich is ok. He has a fridge so the sandwich can be kept cool, and he isn't partial to fish. Thanks in advance for any great ideas.

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  1. Some great ideas here...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/827979

    Cilantro chutney or pesto with cream cheese with or w/out cucumbers on sliced bread of choice.

    Grilled/sauteed veggies w/ pepper jack on wheat tortilla

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    1. re: ceekskat

      Thanks ceekskat

      There are a whole lot of suggestions in that thread. I wonder how roasted veggies would fair if the sandwich was assembled several hours before it was eaten.

      1. re: delys77

        Why not pack them separately and he can slap the veggies on the bread just before eating? I did that for years when I was working.

        1. re: delys77

          a vegetarian version of a muffaletta would only get better by sitting and marinating :)

        2. re: ceekskat

          You can do mix and match condiments and proteins. Firm tofu that's been marinated in soy, honey and rice vinegar and then grilled with a wasabi mayonnaise. Grilled vegetables with a green goddess sauce in a pita. Thin slices of pork tenderloin with chutney. Roast beef with horseradish sauce. And then mix up the veggies - red onions, arugula, spinach, mesclun mix, leaves of little gems.

        3. How about other meats/proteins? Egg salad, chicken salad, sliced ham come to mind.

          Wraps are always a good change, using tortillas or lavash. You can put all sorts of fillings, even leftovers. I love making chicken curry wraps when I have leftover chicken curry.

          Crackers, cheese and sliced meat is always a great adult Lunchable. Add some grapes and sliced apples to make a nice box of munchies.

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          1. re: boogiebaby

            How do you find the wrap holds up if you pack make the sandwich in the morning then pack it for lunch.

            1. re: delys77

              You need to prethink your assembly order. It is best to have cheese, lettuce, or solid meat as the first thing atop the flatbread, which you've spread with mayo or other thick, nonwatery spread, if desired. Keep the chicken salad, relishes, and the like cushioned that way. It doesn't matter so much if the bread touches it at the inside of the roll, but keep the exterior as dry as possible, and wrap well in foil or plastic wrap that can be peeled away as the wrap is eaten. If he's clumsy, remind him not to remove the foil completely, or include a thick napkin to use as a bib if he's a white collar worker.

              1. re: greygarious

                Very thoughtful post, thanks greygarious.

            2. re: boogiebaby

              respectfully disagree with sending a premade egg salad sandwich for lunch.
              the mayo in the filling does bad things to the bread, not to mention that often the egg salad will start to smell after that many hours.

              1. re: westsidegal

                I've both brought egg salad sandwiches to work and also have seen premade egg salad sandwiches at stores and cafes before. I'm not sure what you mean by it does bad thing to the bread (makes it soggy?) but I don't use much mayo in mine -- it's not liquidy or anything like that. If that's a concern, you can simply spread a thin layer of butter or margarine on the bread slices to prevent the moisture from seeping into the bread. Also, if you keep it wrapped in a bag or plastic wrap in the fridge, it's ok smell wise. I wouldn't recommend keeping it at room temp. unless you've got a couple ice packs or something.

            3. Plenty of people choose to eat the same lunch every day, so I would ask him, in a nice way, if he'd like some variety. If so, he may have some specific requests. Just be sure to make it clear that you won't feel he's imposing to want some changes. Or buy some deli meat you'd like for your own lunches, or make something like egg salad or chicken salad, ostensibly for yourself, and casually ask if he'd like that, or the turkey.

              1. I have the same issue. My SO seems fine with it. I have nothing exciting for the sandwiches, other than throwing a pickled pepper or carrot on top! Some additions to sandwhiches I have used are:

                smoothies (with a good cup, you can just shake before drinking) or a lassi
                soup, sometimes homemade, sometimes out of a can (get a good small thermos and a plastic bowl if needed)
                grain salads, such as quinoa, farro etc.
                chicken salad (only if there are leftovers of chicken from something)
                fruit mixed with yogurt
                cottage cheese
                baby bells and crackers
                trail mix, chips or pretzels
                sweets: chocolate pretzels, cookies etc.

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                1. re: cleopatra999

                  I think grain salads are a good place to switch things up. Change the grain, add in whatever left over veg you have, maybe some left over meat or canned beans, toss with some olive oil or salad dressing and you're good.

                2. Just had a thought, I know my SO would not like, but it is one of my favourites.
                  Falafel, served in pita with hummus/tahini/hot peppers, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and tatziki. (Hopefully he does not need to breath too close to people)