I like to buy whole chicken breasts, roast them, then put them in the fridge. Then I can just slice off pieces for sandwiches. So much tastier than anything pre-sliced from the deli. You can do the same with turkey breasts. I'll sometimes mix up a chicken salad for sandwiches too.
Nothing says it has to be sliced. Chicken salad, egg salad, ham salad, lamb salad, shrimp salad, fish salad all work well in sandwiches too.<br><br>
London broil or tri-tip work well for slicing. Boneless leg of lamb, pork tenderloin or even a shoulder roast if you don't mind working around the bone. Any boneless piece of chicken (I prefer thighs), a boneless turkey breast roast, etc. If you'll eat it, a chunk of fish can make a good sandwich, too. Or even just a thick slice of cheese with lots of veggies.<br><br>
If you're making your own bread, don't limit yourself to slicing breads, there are also lots of flatbreads, lavosh, pitas, etc, that can be great in lunches.
This is a good one. Last week we also decided to do better than deli meat. I bought a turkey breast and a ham. I cooked them and my dh sliced (I think that's what you'd call it, hehe) it. They turned out great and even our dd who doesn't like to take sandwiches to school has started eating sandwiches again. YEA!<br><br>
I just seasoned the turkey like I would at Thanskgiving, a little season salt and some dried spices. They have so much more flavor than deli meats.
i often make crispy parmesan ch icken tenders for dinner, and then reheat in the toaster oven and serve as hot sandwiches. they are good cold though... I just use chicken tenders or thinly slice chicken breasts, soak in buttermilk a little while, then dredge in half parmesan half bread crumbs/seasonings and bake at 500 for about 10-15 minutes.<br><br>
first night I use them for dinner with some thing like fried sweet potatoes, and I make tons so we can use them in either cold or grilled sandwiches.<br><br>
We also like things like meatball subs, meatloaf sandwiches, leftover roast.
OMG, these are all making me drool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool"><br><br>
I actually have deli turkey in the fridge right now...I'm hiding it from the rest of the family because it's such a huge treat for us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
But in general, we don't eat a lot of sandwiches. DP makes tuna salad or tuna melts every once in a while, or we have leftover chicken-tender sandwiches like 425lisamarie mentioned. Or sometimes chicken sandwiches or bean burgers for dinner. But for lunches, we eat leftovers for the most part.<br><br>
That said, I have to second the idea of cooking up a turkey breast -- there's a deli near here that roasts their own turkeys instead of selling the processed stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> And turkey meat freezes just fine (as does ham) so there's no harm in making a big one and freezing it in smaller portions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
actually thinking about it one of my favorite meals ever is grilled cheese and roasted tomato soup<br><br>
I use a panini grill to make them really flat and melty, and cut in to strips to dip in the soup.<br><br>
This reminded me about that one! I used to make it a couple days a week for lunch adn haven't in a while. guess i'll be makign it tomorrow now that I'm craving it!
our local deli sells plain roasted turkey and tri tip, sliced thin for sandwiches but its something like 13 bucks a pound. i usually just make extra dinner meat for sandwiches... an extra chicken breast, a roasted turkey breast for dinner that is big enough for leftovers, sliced meatloaf, a roast, etc. if you like it really thin an electric carving knife works well. id probably get fancier with lunches but my DH wants a lunch that he can eat with one hand in five minutes... that way he can skip a lunch break and come home to us sooner.<br><br>
paula dean has a fantastic chicken salad recipe that makes the best sandwiches, if you like that kind of thing... i saw it on her show and then copied it down from foodnetwork's website. sometimes i make salmon salad with canned salmon instead of tuna, too.
I'll share my chicken salad recipe.<br><br>
After I've roasted a chicken and we've had several dinners from it, I'll take the rest of the meat and skin and throw it into a food processor and grind it into a pulp. I'll also add raw baby carrots and a kosher pickle or two for seasoning. It's basically a pate that I add a bit of mayo too (but you don't have to, the skin actually helps bind it all together). And voila! It's easy to spread, and you get veggies already in place! DH and I love it.