Gourmet Brown Bagging Economics

A budget-conscious lunch shouldn’t mean depriving oneself. Brown-bagging can offer lots of economical, tasty gourmet options.
June 1, 2010 - PRLog -- Trying a new condiment flavor or different style bread, adding loads of fresh seasonal vegetables herbs and fruits, or a sprinkling of nuts, can immediately upscale the most mundane sandwich without breaking the bank.  These ideas will no doubt inspire other creative combinations.

Serves 4

4 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise mixed with 1 teaspoon honey, cherry chutney or preserves
8 slices sourdough or sourdough rye bread
8 thin slices roast beef
8 thin slices Jarlsberg cheese
Arugula, watercress or other favorite green leaf lettuce

Divide mayonnaise mix, roast beef, cheese and greens between 4 bread slices; top with remaining bread.

Serves 4

3 tablespoons favorite barbecue sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise (regular or low fat)
1 – 3 teaspoons minced, canned chipotle chiles in adobo (this can get very HOT, so taste along the way, for preference)
1/2 cup washed, dried, finely chopped cilantro leaves
4 fresh Portuguese or Kaiser rolls, halved
8 thin slices roast pork (or lean ham)
8 thin slices Gran Maestre Manchego cheese (use a cheese plane to slice)
Green leaf or Iceberg lettuce

Mix together first 4 ingredients to make a sauce; spread on each roll half.  Divide pork and cheese between each roll.  Top with lettuce.  Top each sandwich with remaining half of roll (spread on the inside).

Serves 1

1 9- or 10-inch tortilla or vegetable wrap
1 cup finely shredded lettuce
½ small apple or jicama, cut julienne (stick) style
½ small ripe avocado, thinly sliced
¼ cup alfalfa sprouts
2 ounces crumbled fresh goat cheese (Woolwich Chevrai, a soft unripened variety)
1 ounce sliced almonds

Top tortilla with lettuce, apple, avocado and sprouts; crumble goat cheese and thin sliced almonds overall.  Starting from one end, tightly roll up wrap; cut in half.  Makes 1 wrap.  For extra protein, add thinly sliced grilled chicken.


•   Line whole wheat (or gluten-free for those who are sensitive) pita with dark green lettuce and thin sliced premium aged Gouda, like Old Amsterdam.  Stuff with mixture of diced celery, apple or pear.  Add a touch of pesto or raspberry vinaigrette.

•   Combine low fat mayo with cranberry sauce; spread on whole wheat Lavash flatbread.  Layer with baby spinach, thin sliced avocado, roasted turkey, pecans and goat brie (Woolwich Dairy variety).

•   Spread low fat Caesar dressing on large tortilla.  Layer with Romaine, strips of grilled chicken breast, bacon bits and a few shavings of Parmesan.

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