For some people, bread is to be avoided like the plague. Perhaps you have a gluten sensitivity, perhaps you are trying to reduce carbs. No matter the reason you are avoiding bread, you may find yourself profoundly missing the joy and simplicity of a sandwich. Well, you don't have to mourn your loss any longer! The following 9 offerings will give you the sensation of eating a sandwich without having to eat any of the bread!
1. Salmon Lettuce WrapHave some left over salmon? Mash it up with some baked yams and some masala seasonings, spoon into lettuce cups and you're good to go!
2. Red Bell Pepper SandwichThe options here are endless! The "sandwich" in the photo contains avocado, seaweed and turkey but you can pretty much fill it with anything you want. Let your imagination run wild!
3. Paleo Sweet Potato BunsThese take a little effort but they will be totally worth it! Nut-free, dairy-free and grain-free, these buns have nothing you "shouldn't" be eating and a whole lot of flavour!
- ½ cup Sweet Potato Puree (100g) (about 1 large sweet potato)
- 100 grams Coconut Flour (about ½ cup packed)
- 30 grams Tapioca Flour (about ¼ cup)
- 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil (15g)
- ¼ cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 2 Tablespoon Raw Honey (42g)
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 6 eggs
- Extra coconut oil for greasing
- To make the sweet potato puree, poke holes in the raw sweet potato, wrap in foil and roast at 425F until soft. About 1 hour. Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the potato.
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease the muffin pan with the extra coconut oil.
- Sift together the coconut flour, tapioca flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt to form the dry mixture.
- Whisk together the sweet potato puree, melted coconut oil, coconut milk, lemon juice, and honey to form the liquid mixture. The liquid should be thin and not pasty. You may heat the liquid for about 10 seconds to get it runny.
- Using the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, whip the eggs on high speed until very foamy and pillowey. About 5 minutes.
- Slowly pour in liquid mixture while whipping. Turn off the mixer after all the liquid is poured. It should still be fluffy.
- Sprinkle the dry mixture over the whipped fluff and gently stir with a whisk without whisking. Give a couple of folds with a spatula until incorporated. Careful not to overmix.
- Evenly distribute into muffin pan. About ½ cup of batter for a 6-cup pan, or ¼ cup for a standard muffin tin.
- Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and remove buns with a spatula. Cooling for another 10-15 minutes before slicing.
- Slice each bun in half and enjoy as a sandwich or shortcake!
4. Grilled Eggplant SandwichGrill up a few slices of eggplant and you've got the base for a really great meal. Add some tomato, goat cheese, avocado, mushrooms and basil to one slice. Slip it under the broiler until the cheese has melted. Add the second slice and then sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Delish.
5. Tapioca WrapsEasy to make, the dough for these wraps can be done ahead of time. If you wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, they will last a week in the fridge or longer in the freezer. If you do freeze them, defrost overnight in the fridge. After that, how you fill them is up to you!
- 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) milk
- 2 1/2 cups (300 g) tapioca starch/flour, plus more for sprinkling
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons (42 g) canola oil
- 1 egg (60 g out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
- 7 ounces low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated
- 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated
- In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat. As soon as the milk begins to simmer, turn off the heat and add the tapioca flour and salt, and then the oil. Mix to combine. The mixture will look curdled and will be difficult to bring together. Allow the dough to cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring it to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse a few times to smooth out the dough. Add the beaten egg, and pulse until the egg is incorporated into the dough. Once the egg has been added, turn the machine on and allow it to work until the dough is smooth (2 to 3 minutes). It will be very thick and stretchy. Add both grated cheeses, and turn the food processor on and let it work until the dough is very smooth (about 2 minutes). The dough will be sticky, but will become less sticky as it cools. Use a wet spatula to remove it from the food processor. With wet hands or kitchen tools, divide the dough into two equal pieces, and wrap each tightly in plastic wrap. Place in the freezer to chill for about 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Once the dough has chilled, heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat (or a nonstick skillet over low heat). Unwrap one chilled piece of dough and place on a flat surface lightly sprinkled with tapioca flour. With a sharp knife or bench scraper, divide the dough into 5 equal pieces, each about 3 ounces. Dust each piece generously with tapioca flour, and roll out into a circle 8-inches in diameter, moving the dough often and sprinkling it with tapioca flour when necessary to prevent it from sticking.
- Carefully place the first circle of dough onto the hot skillet and allow it to cook until the underside is cooked and the wrap can be lifted easily with a wide spatula (about 1 1/2 minutes). Flip the wrap over and press down evenly with the spatula to sear the other side. Cook until the underside is set (about another 40 seconds). Remove from the skillet and cover with a moist tea towel. Repeat with the remaining 4 pieces of dough, and then with the other half of dough.
6. Plantain TortillasThese tortillas are soft enough that they won't break when you fold them but also sturdy enough to hold whatever filling you choose to put inside! Makes 12, 5" tortillas Ingredients:
- 3 large or 4 small yellow plantains, about 2-2.5 pounds before peeling
- 1/3 cup egg whites (about 2 eggs worth)
- 3 tablespoons lard or coconut oil, melted (I highly recommend lard if you have it!)
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Peel and chop your plantains and place in a food processor.
- Puree until somewhat pureed, and then add the melted lard, egg whites, salt and lime juice.
- Puree until smooth.
- Drop about 2 tablespoons at a time onto a baking sheet lined with a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper, 4 per standard baking sheet
- Smooth into a circle with the bottom of a ladle, getting as thin as possible, switching to wet fingers once the ladle stops being efficient.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until dry to the touch, and just starting to brown on the edges.
7. Cucumber SubsOnce again, with this creative sandwich idea, you can fill it any way you wish. However, you may find it a little heavy on the cucumber. If this is the case, try it as an open faced sandwich.
8. Tomato Avocado BurgerMay not be the simplest burger to eat but it will be one of the freshest, tastiest burgers you've ever had! Ingredients: Serves 4
- 4 large tomatoes
- 1 lb / 453 gr grass fed organic ground beef
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ + ¼ teaspoons fine grain sea salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 ripe avocado, divided
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon mayo
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- A handful alfalfa sprouts
9. Portabella Halloumi BurgersBeautiful AND delicious! Can you go wrong? Meatless and flavourful, this will be a go to for years to come. Ingredients:
- 4 portabella mushroom caps with stems removed
- 3 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 thin slices halloumi
- 2 thick slices tomato
- Sea salt and pepper
- 1 handful basil leaves