Sandwich Ideas for Meals and Snacks
Sandwiches can be both meals and snacks and are loved by the young and old alike. They are easy to make, store and eat too. If you plan a snack or meal with sandwiches, the options can be endless, all you need to know is how to choose the correct breads and pair the correct fillings. Basic white bread sandwiches are most convenient but not always a very healthy option, try and find fresh, artisan breads in bakeries around you or make your own breads if you like. For fillings the ideas range from various vegetables to spreads and cheeses too!
Types of Breads:
- White bread: this is the most common variety of bread. It is usually made from bleached, processed white flour or ‘maida’. Ingredients such as cereals or vegetable flours, seeds, herbs or a mixture of these may be added to fortify the bread.
- Whole-wheat bread: Made from wholemeal or whole-wheat flour (which contains all the components of the grain, all called ‘atta’); this bread has become more popular with increasing knowledge of the health benefits of bran and wheat germ.
- Multi-grain bread: This may be made from any combination of flours (e.g. wholemeal or white flour, rye meal or flour), grains (e.g. wheat germ, whole grains or wheat and other cereals) and seeds (e.g. sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds). This bread is delicious on its own and most of the time the slices need only butter or cheese spread to make a meal.
- Rye bread: Made from a combination of rye flour and wheat flour. Dark rye bread contains a higher proportion of rye flour and rye meal than light rye and is consequently denser, heavier and stronger in flavour.
- Bagel: These are traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.
- Pita bread: Flat, oval or round wheat bread made from flour, water, yeast and salt. This bread is of Mediterranean origin. During baking at high temperature, the steam produced inside the dough is trapped by the baked, drier outside layers and the Pita puffs up like a ‘phulka’. The inside can then be stuffed with various fillings.
Types of Fillings:
A sandwich is extremely versatile, you can make one with only a spread, with vegetables or simply with cheese and butter. Here are a few easy ideas for making a sandwich that is both delicious and wholesome.
- Spreads: Use a base like mayonnaise, cream cheese or cheese spread and then add complimenting additives to make a creamy, flavoured spread. You can add herbs like oregano, rosemary, thyme, you can use seasonings like pepper powder, mustard powder, garlic salt and even pastes like garlic paste, finely chopped onions, green chillies, grated carrots, thin slivers of cabbage and capsicum.
- Vegetables: The most common combination is cucumber, tomato and onions but if you want a change from the usual and try something new then you can add celery leaves, capsicum, sun dried tomatoes, olives, sautéed spinach, a variety of lettuce and salad leaves, bell peppers and even grilled slices of aubergines to make sandwich fillings.
- Cheese: Don't forget the choice of cheeses; try parmesan, cheddar and ricotta to make delicious vegetarian sandwiches. If you like a lighter sandwich then you can use cottage cheese or a Mediterranean salty cheese called Feta, which is low in fat as well.
You can make sandwiches both plain and grilled. Plain sandwiches packed in air tight material like plastic wrap keep them fresh while a grilled sandwich can become soggy if packed for too long.