By Emma Grace Fairchild:
When I was traveling last summer, I packed a sandwich every day for 2 weeks, using gluten free bread from a chain grocery store and a rotating selection of tofu, cheeses and vegetables. I decided to do this with my travel buddy because we both are allergic to wheat, and eating out every day is expensive. Bringing a sandwich with us gave ultimate control over ingredients, allowing us to skip preservatives, allergens and other additives. We also saved a ton of money! The sandwich is a great way to prepare an easy lunch for travel, a picnic, or daily work or school.
Bringing a sandwich every day does have its drawbacks, though. It has the potential to create a lot of waste in the form of ziploc bags, wax paper or plastic wrap for each individual sandwich. However, there are some very crafty and relatively simple solutions. It is quite possible, with a sewing machine and some appropriate fabric, to make your very own reusable sandwich bags.
design using oil cloth — two buttons and a simple elastic hairband keep it shut and your sandwich safe. Alternatively, suggests using laminated cotton and velcro for these reusable snack bags, which could easily change dimensions to better fit a sandwich. If sewing isn’t your strong suit, there are many washable and reusable sandwich bags or containers available for purchase from a local maker or online site. Try ’, for example.
Once you’ve replaced the waste, try out something other than the typical PB and J for your packed lunch. There are some crazy creative recipes on , like a Mumbai street food inspired sandwich and a veggie bahn mi. This covers a lot of healthy lunch basics including quite a few vegetarian sandwich options like a tempeh and hummus ‘wich or one inspired by a Green Goddess salad.
Don’t be afraid to try new, fanciful ingredients and steps to spice up a simple sandwich. It can bring a ton of great taste and flavor; and many herbs, spices and other ingredients come with a host of health benefits. Once you have a variety of ingredients in your pantry, they can be used in many different recipes.