Sandwiches Don’t Need Meat. Who Knew?

Growing up I used to think that a sandwich had to include meat. (Unless, of course, it met one of two exceptions: It was a peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwich.)

Today I often make meat-free sandwiches, letting nut butter, cheese or hummus do the talking.

If cheese and meat got into a flavor fight in my mouth, cheese would win every time. I love the strong, creamy taste of a good slice of cheese.

My lunch today featured a smoked Provolone cheese and tomato sandwich, made on a toasted Toufayan everything flavored Smart Bagel.

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Tomato + Provolone Bagelwich

Cheese, you are delicious.

On the side of my tomato and cheese bagelwich, I enjoyed cucumber slices and a crisp apple for some sweetness.

Cukes

Do Apples Even Have a Nickname? Apps?

Aaand, a little slice of birthday cake may have made it into my mouth as well.

CAKE!

This cake was leftover from a coworker’s birthday yesterday (I pretended it was for my blog’s birthday).

I enjoyed it so much the first time around that I just had to experience its deliciousness again today.

Growing up, marble cake was always my birthday cake of choice! 😀

Winner, Winner, Cookies for Dinner

Thank you to everyone who commented on my one-year of blogging anniversary post. You guys sure know how to make a girl blush!

The winner of the homemade batch of cookies giveaway is…

Number 64, Come on Doooown!

Andrea: Congrats!! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!

Hooray, Andrea! Please email me at pbfingers@gmail.com with what kind of cookies you would like and your mailing address.

Of Possible Interest

Question of the Afternoon

Pick one: Meat, cheese, veggie, or nut butter sandwiches?

Meat Free is Fine By Me

When I was growing up, one of my very best friends would eat a lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich for lunch. Yep, that’s it. Just lettuce and mayo.

At the time I thought it was missing something. No meat? How is that a sandwich without some sliced turkey or ham?

Today I find myself loving veggie-only sandwiches. Adding cheese or hummus for some protein does the trick!

Today my sandwich was another meat-free creation.

Tomato

Goat Cheese

I toasted a Nature’s Own whole wheat sandwich round and topped it with a sliced juicy tomato and melted goat cheese.

On the side I had cauliflower which I roasted last night after tossing it in a bit of olive oil and sprinkling it with garlic salt.

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

I swear when I roast cauliflower this way it reminds me of popcorn. Call me crazy, but it does!

Lunch Time!

I also munched on a cool, crisp apple.

An Apple a Day...

I didn’t even miss the meat! 😀

Of Possible Interest

Happy Blog Birthday

Happy blog birthday to MegaNerd Runs!

Onion Overload

Onions are delicious and add so much flavor to any dish that needs a little oomph. Case in point: a boring turkey sandwich.

Throw in an onion bagel and some sauteed red onions and your boring lunch staple is transformed!

onion turkey bagel

Turkey on an Onion Bagel

Today’s lunch was a simple turkey bagel sandwich prepared on a fresh Alternative Bagel onion bagel with red onion, feta cheese, spinach, plum tomato and dijon mustard.

bagel

Holy Turkey!

Simple, easy, delicious.

Gemma Ward Quits Modeling Amid Weight Criticism

The latest news on the fashion front? Gemma Ward, the beautiful healthy-looking 22-year-old Australian supermodel, decided to quit modeling this week following attacks from the media about her weight gain.

Here is the picture that spawned the weight attacks:

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(Photo from StyleList.com)

Call me crazy, but this looks like a healthy woman… not someone with even a teeny ounce of a weight problem. And we wonder why girls are always questioning their appearance rather than embracing their bodies…

Click here to read more about Gemma in my latest Examiner article.

The Old Standby

When I first entered the working world, my lunches severely lacked variety. I would eat turkey sandwiches or wraps or a pizza Lean Pocket almost daily. I now get sick of the same foods over and over again.

This morning, however, I was craving my old standby: a turkey sandwich. I made my sammie on a whole wheat Arnold sandwich thin with oven-roasted ultra-thin turkey breast.

turkey sandwich

Old Faithful

I topped it with dijon mustard, mushrooms, spinach and sliced plum tomato.

I forgot just how darn delicious a simple turkey sandwich can be! This throwback meal hit the spot.

Your Good Deed for the Day

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Question: What’s your go-to lunch?

Big Ol’ Salad

The only veggies I ate yesterday were in the light spinach salad I ordered for lunch. My dinner was a bowl of clam chowder and a bag of 100-calorie popcorn… tasty, but not exactly full of nutrients.

Today I made a commitment to incorporate more leafy greens and fresh produce into my meals.

Exhibit A: My lunchtime salad.

Monster Monday Salad

Monster Monday Salad

The base of the salad was broccoli slaw and fresh spinach. I added chopped celery, steamed broccoli florets, chickpeas, sliced plum tomato and MorningStar Farms chik’n strips to the mix for additional flavor and variety.

Close Up

Close Up

I used balsamic vinegar as my dressing and placed the lid back on the Tupperware before shakin’ it up to evenly distribute the veggies and dressing.

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

The salad was tasty and filling! The chickpeas were my favorite. I am off to make a hot cup of tea now because I am freezing and cold salads don’t exactly warm ya up.

Question: What’s your favorite way to enjoy chickpeas?

Roasted Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Last night as I was roasting my yummy root veggies, I also roasted a few slices of eggplant for today’s lunch.

This planning ahead allowed my lunch to come together in a flash this afternoon! When hunger hits me, it hits me hard, so I like quick and convenient food.

To begin constructing my sandwich, I placed a whole wheat Arnold’s sandwich thin topped with four roasted eggplant slices and goat cheese in the toaster oven.

Eggplant and Goat Cheese

Eggplant and Goat Cheese

While the bread was toasting and the goat cheese melting, I sliced up a plum tomato to place on the sandwich. After adding a handful of fresh spinach on top of the tomato slices, my lunch was complete!

Veggie Delight

Veggie Delight

Close Up

Close Up

Once again, the goat cheese was the star of my lunch.

Question: What’s your favorite eggplant dish?

Cheesy Meatless Sammie

Sometimes several days will pass and I’ll think back on my meals and realize I’ve not consumed any meat. While I’m not a vegetarian, I do not typically crave meat and enjoy getting my protein from sources such as yogurt, cheese and peanut butter (of course).

Today’s lunch was a meatless sandwich, full of ooey-gooey cheese.

I first toasted a whole wheat Arnold’s sandwich thin before spreading one half with a Laughing Cow light Swiss cheese wedge and melting mozzarella cheese on the other half.

More Cheese for Me

More Cheese for Me

I topped the cheesy bread with fresh spinach and a sliced plum tomato to complete my lil’ sammie.

Gettin' My Vegetables

Gettin' My Vegetables

Yum

Yum

Ready to Eat

Ready to Eat

I loved the contrast between the crisp bread, melted cheese and fresh, cool veggies. Very satisfying! I only wished I had a hot cup of soup to enjoy along with my sammie. Oh well!

Question: Are you a vegetarian? What are your favorite sources of protein?