Have you created a health conscience sandwich? Please share health tips

Unique sandwiches - Do you have a unique, healthy sandwich?
@SusanLee (1920)
United States
February 26, 2009 10:53am CST
My husband and I have started to change our eating habits. Which means we have given up a lot food items that have always been a normal thing to see in our cupboards, like white bread, crackers, regular pasta and so on. We now eat only whole grain breads, the higher the grain the better we like it, like the 15 grain and so on. Well, one morning I started to fix an egg and the thing looked so unappetizing laying there beat to death in the bowel that I got out a whole wheat soft taco shell, warmed it in the microwave, added ham, cheese and onion to my pan. Smeared a light coat of salsa on the taco shell, poured my cooked scrambled egg mixture onto the shell, rolled it and it was delicious. Since then I have been using the whole wheat soft taco shells in the place of my slice of bread just to have a little variety. It's almost lunch so I had a ham and cheese with onion and lettuce roll-up. I try to use as little mayonnaise as possible so I substitute a little mustard instead. I like spicy mustard and cocktail sauce, my husband like regular mustard and tarter sauce. I bought a small bottle of prepared horseradish, added it to a small bowl of regular mustard for my spicy mustard. If we're having seafood, I add a little to ketchup. What I need are more healthy sandwich ideas. When we started this eating program, we weren't allowed any bread, pasta or potatoes of any kind during the first two weeks. I satisfied my sandwich needs by wrapping up what ever I would have put on bread into a leaf of romaine lettuce. No it wasn't bread by any means, but it served it's purpose and was quite satisfying. And the thing about romaine lettuce is it has a distinct flavor over iceberg lettuce, yet is isn't over powering. I like celery, but it can have a pretty domineering flavor that will overpower other flavors, about the only snack I can think of that competes real good is peanut butter. Any feed-back will be greatly appreciated.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
26 Feb 09
To start with eggs ham and cheese really are not very healthy. They are full of bad cholesterol. You could try a chickpea or garbanzo sandwich spread. Play with the vegetables in it as adding a finely grated carrot, olives and your own seasonings. 2 cups well-cooked or canned garbanzos (chickpeas) 1/4 cup minced green bell pepper 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 1 tablespoon minced scallion or chives Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoons sesame paste (tahini) 1/2 teaspoon dried dill 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Mash the chickpeas and combine them with the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly. 2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 2 cups.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
27 Feb 09
You are so right about these not being the most healthy choices. In my case I feel okay about it because I don't over-induldge anymore. I eat either a serving or half of a serving. I don't use much ham and cheese in the roll-ups because I know it would be defeating the purpose of good health. I feel like my body can handle trace amounts of stuff. Thank-you for this recipe, it sounds delicious. I will definitely be trying it. And anymore recipes would be appreciated. I have eaten a certian way all my life, the only problem is over the last ten-years or so I have started over indulging and I've noticed that I have been craving things that aren't good for me. Since I cleaned up my cubboards, I don't crave, but I do need a healthy variety of things and I don't have any imagination lol.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Chicken or turkey ham would be better than pork ham. You can put just about any thing in sandwich. Salads make a good healthy sandwich too. I sometime put rice and black beans with some corn in the salad then it can be as a salad or put in pita pockets or the wraps.
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@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
27 Feb 09
You know, pita bread is what I was looking for when I found the soft taco shells. I never did find the pita bread. I've looked at Krogers and at Walmart. I guess I'm going to have to ask someone where they keep it because I sure didn't find it around the bread or taco shells. Roasted turkey or chicken in pita bread makes my mouth water lol
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@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
27 Feb 09
We used to used the pita bread and make "Life Sandwiches." The basic idea is eating healthier and using healthier items in our sandwich. It was usually a vegetarian sandwich but we started adding tuna fish. Cut up carrots, lettuce beets, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, tomato, maybe a little cheese and fill your pita. Viola, you have a Life Sandwich! Maybe some oil and vinegar or salad dressing and enjoy~
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
27 Feb 09
And experiment with your veggies. We'd use radishes, green peppers, onions, whatever you like.
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@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Like I mentioned above, pita bread is what I was looking for when I found the soft taco shells. I never did find the pita bread. It wasn't with the bread or taco shells, where would it be? Your pita stuffing sounds mouth watering, I love salad stuff. Sometimes I like to add a little warm whole grain or wheat pasta to my salads.
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@raxxie (128)
• Mexico
26 Feb 09
¬°Hello! It seems you have just discovered TACOS!!!! Yeah, mexican tacos are made with soft tortillas (you call them taco shells) and you can put in them ANYTHING! Scrambled eggs with ham and cheese in a taco, covered with a light avocado sauce is delicious (the name of the plate is "chimichanga"). Try them, they're great ;)
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@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
27 Feb 09
lol I love those soft taco shells. I am only using the whole wheat these days because I'm staying away from as much bleached white flour as I can. I am so thankful that more and more products are coming out geared toward good health, it gives us so much variety. My problem is I don't have much imagination to come up with new variables in my dishes, that's why I need some help. I have never had an authentic chimichanga. Years ago I worked at a truck-stop and they had one that they deepfried. It was full of beef, cheese and some kind of sauce. I liked it. I am finding out that salsa has a lot more uses then just for dipping chips in lol How do I make this avocado sauce?
@raxxie (128)
• Mexico
27 Feb 09
Ingredients 1/2 lime, juice of 1/4 c light cream 2 avocados 1 garlic clove, quartered 2 tbsps butter (you can use light butter) 2 tbsps fresh chives, sliced 1/2 tbsp fresh tarragon, sliced 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, sliced Directions 1. in food processor / blender fitted with chopping blade: lime juice, avocado, garlic and herbs. Puree it all. 2. in a saucepan over low heat / flame: melt butter 3. stir in avocado puree and cook over low heat / flame, stirring every once in a while, until heated trough 4. Add cream and continue to heat, but do not allow to boil 5. salt to test and serve over enchiladas, chimichangas or with chips or nachos :)
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Instead of a sandwich, maybe try making a melt in your oven. It doesn't take very long and it's a nice hot change from the everyday sandwich. Save your bread carbs for later! To make a melt, I take 4-5 slices of roast beef or pastrami deli meat, top it with some saurkraut, a LITTLE 1000 island dressing and two slices of Swiss cheese. Bake it for 10 minutes and enjpy! Hope this gives you some new ideas, too.
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@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Oh that sounds good, and it's a very unique idea. I wonder what other combinations I could come up with? Do you have any other healthy ideas?