Bread and toppings yield a surprising array of flavors, but none of these great-for-lunch-or-dinner sandwiches needs more than five ingredients.
Text: Jason Horn
August 10, 2009
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Spinach, Hummus, and Bell Pepper Wraps
Make this super-simple wrap the night before, wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap, and store in the fridge—just grab it in the morning on your way out the door. Use Flatout Light whole-grain flatbreads to keep calories in check; you can find them at most supermarkets, usually in the bakery section.
This playful turkey melt's abundant crisp crevices and gooey interior will have the whole family wondering, "What can we waffle next?"
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BBQ Shrimp Toasts
Shrimps tossed in spicy vinegar BBQ sauce are a super-savory toast topping that makes a great lunch or light dinner. Pair these flavorful open-faced sandwiches with the for a colorful and complete plate.
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Hummus-Zucchini English Muffin
Instead of the usual bagel with cream cheese and jam, we're adding protein and cutting sugar with creamy hummus and vegetables. Start with a whole-grain English muffin, and pile on shaved carrot, zucchini, and roasted salted sunflower seeds for a savings of 30g added sugar.
Mild Muenster cheese is too often overlooked; it’s great for sandwiches, burgers, omelets, or just plain snacking. It matches well with thinly sliced ham, fresh spinach, and sweet-and-tangy chowchow in these crusty-breaded sandwiches.
• Chicago-style Italian bread
• Deli ham
• Muenster cheese
• Baby spinach
• Mild chowchow
Prep: 7 minutes Cook: 4 minutes
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Prosciutto, Fontina, and Fig Panini
Sweet and salty are a great pair in sandwiches, and this recipe has intensely flavored salty prosciutto paired with candylike fig preserves. Three minutes of grilling and pressing makes the fontina nice and gooey and the whole sandwich crispy and warm.
Chicago-style Italian bread
Prep: 7 minutes Cook: 3 minutes
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Cilantro Burgers with Sriracha Mayo
Chopped cilantro flavors the beef, while whole sprigs take the place of the usual lettuce. Sriracha has rightfully become an all-purpose condiment—its sweet chile heat and its vinegar punch go well beyond burgers, perking up brothy soups, meat marinades, and dipping sauces.
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Grilled Pork Sliders with Honey BBQ Sauce
Honey and rum intensify the complex sweetness of bottled barbecue sauce for an easy, filling, and delicious sandwich. Top with , , or for a more authentic barbecue experience.
Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 24 minutes Other: 5 minutes
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Grilled Ham and Mango Quesadillas
Chutney adds spice to mango’s tropical sweetness, while queso fresco is soft and creamy. Smoky grilled flavor and salty ham cut through both to create a filling, meaty lunch.
Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 4 minutes
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Sweet, nutty, and creamy are the dominant flavors here, with toasted cinnamon-raisin bread, fresh alfalfa, and crisp pears offering lots of crunch. A nice lunch on its own, this sandwich also matches well with slightly sweet soups, like the shown.
Tub-style light cream cheese
Prep: 15 minutes
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Black and Blue Quesadillas
With only five ingredients to work with, strong flavors are the best way to build big taste. This dish delivers with intensely sweet-and-sour balsamic glaze and pungent blue cheese (substitute goat cheese or feta if you prefer).
Deli roast beef
Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 11 minutes
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Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches
You’re already grilling the chicken, so why not throw the pineapple slices on there too? The caramelized pineapple has a mellowed flavor and softness that’s perfect in this sandwich. A squeeze of lime is all you need to flavor everything.