A Healthy Alternative To Subway - Flat Bread Sandwiches Fixed At Home
I am not a big fan of Subway Sandwiches. The processed meat is carefully measured out into generic slices. Some cheese products and questionably fresh vegetables are then added to the meat. Subway has fresh bread, which is about the best thing about their sandwiches, but I dont' understand shelling out five bucks for a sandwich that is inferior to one that I could easily throw together in my kitchen. I go out to eat when I am too lazy to cook. There isn't a whole lot of work involved in making a good sandwich. I have a flatbread sandwich recipe that is pretty easy to make.
I purchase a multi-pack of flatbread from Costco. There are three packages inside one pack. I freeze two and keep one ready for use. It is lighter than using regular bread, for those who are keeping calories and carbs down. Instead of flat bread, I sometimes get some fresh bread from the local co-op store. It is delicious, but not quite as figure friendly.
I do not like deli meat. However, you could certainly use good deli meat to make this sandwich. I prefer to buy a rotisserie chicken and pick the meat off the bone when I get home. I then refrigerate the sliced and picked meat until I am ready to make a sandwich. It is ready to go when I need it and only takes a minute or two to heat up, if I want a hot sandwich. Throw a slice of cheese or two on top when you nuke it.
The secret ingredient in my sandwiches is the balsamic vinegar. I use a high grade balsamic which adds a nice tart sweetness to the sandwich. The oil and vinegar keep the meal moist.
Olive Oil to complement the balsamic vinegar. You can use any kind of olive oil. I have one that is infused with Basil, so I don't have to add basil leaves to the sandwich but still get the benefit of the fresh flavor.
I don't bother trying to grind up fresh garlic just to make a sandwich. I keep a combat bottle (like the monster pictured to the left) for use when cooking. I flip the lid and apply a nice dose of garlic powder to my sandwich.
I also keep a large bottle of italian spices handy. I use this on pizza as well as sandwiches to add some zest. I sometimes just use straight oregano on my sandwiches instead. They are both great spice options to step up the flavor of your sandwich.
Pepper rings add flavor, heat and a bit more tartness to the sandwich.
I normally buy the whole black olives (large or extra large) and slice them a couple of times when I am ready to use them. They add a bit of saltiness to the sandwich as well as a richness. I usually end up eating a half dozen before I ever get them cut.
In addition to the canned products, I also use a variety of fresh vegetables. I buy the bulk lettuce mix from costco, so I can reach in and grab a few leaves for my sandwich. If I don't have any sliced onions handy, it takes about thirty seconds to cut a bit. However, if I don't already have some cut, I often just skip it. Chalk that one up to laziness. If we have cucumbers on hand, we will cut a few slices for our sandwich. My wife adds a bit of tomato to hers as well.
I can have this sandwich thrown together quicker than I could get out to my car and get it started. It is the diet conscious answer to the Dagwood. Why anyone would pay Subway to make an inferior version of this sandwich escapes me. Their sandwiches all taste the same to me. This sandwich is packed with flavor, vegetables I know are fresh and meat that isn't filled with nitrates and all the other crap that goes into lunch meat (unless that is what I choose to put in my sandwich). I prefer the chicken.
This is an easy sandwich to make at home if you keep the condiments on hand. If I don't feel like cooking and don't want to go out to eat, this is a quick, healthy and easy meal to make.
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