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What's for Lunch? Beyond the Turkey Sandwich

turkey with swissI'm the first to admit I resort to the old turkey and cheese sandwich standby a little too often for lunch. Especially when it's one of those days when I only have time to run downstairs to the cafe and slap together a sandwich then run back to my desk, scarfing it down between conference calls.

But every time I visit the UK, and marvel in the amazing selection of sandwiches available from Marks & Spencer, I always vow to do better.

Here are some of the inspiring sandwiches they have ready to grab and go:

  • Wensleydale cheese and caramelised carrot chutney
  • Cheese and onion
  • Free-range egg and watercress
  • British roast chicken and stuffing
  • Lochmuirâ„¢ poached salmon and cucumber
  • British smoked ham salad
  • British roast chicken and bacon

With these ideas fresh in my mind, I'm committing to shaking things up in my lunch sack once I head back to work next week. The first step? Making a list of all the possible building blocks I like on sandwiches and can use to go beyond the boring.

Breads

  • Pumpernickel
  • Multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Lavash
  • Pita pockets
  • Flour tortilla
  • Baguette
  • English Muffin

Spreads

  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Hummus
  • Ranch dressing
  • Butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Apple butter
  • Plum jam
  • Fig jam
  • Strawberry jam
  • Honey

Meats

  • Turkey
  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Bacon
  • Roast Beef
  • Salami

Cheese

  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Havarti
  • Goat cheese
  • Feta
  • Blue cheese
  • Provolone
  • Mozzarella
  • Brie

Produce

  • Lettuce
  • Watercress
  • Sprouts
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Green beans
  • Tomato
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Banana

In order to not avoid not following through due to being overly ambitious, I'll just aim to try to have at least one creative sandwich per week, targeting Mondays so I can make it ahead on Sunday night. I'll share some of my more inspired results here.

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