I remember the first time I planned to do a Whole30 and one of the biggest questions that kept plaguing me was ‘but what am I going to eat for lunch?’ While I’m certainly not a sandwich-every-day lunch eater, I have to admit that some key ingredients betwixt some carbs is an easy, on-the-go meal. A sandwich in some form is available at almost all cafes, and there’s guaranteed to be one to suit your tastes.
So how was I going to survive without a delicious ham and cheese? Or a chicken salad wrap, with lashings of avocado, when I hadn’t prepared anything the night before and was rushing to meetings? This month we’re giving you plenty of great lunch recipes and tips, and today I’m sharing with you how make sandwiches using paleo-approved alternatives to bread.
1. Iceberg Lettuce Wraps
This is probably the easiest option. Just grab one or two big, crunchy leaves of iceberg lettuce and pile your sandwich filling into it. Then either roll it up or use two leaves to make a ‘sandwich’. You’ll be surprised at how fresh and delicious they taste and you won’t even miss the bread.
2. Nori Wraps
Similar to using iceberg lettuce, these are a great option to wrap up sandwich fillings. Even better, you just use a splash of water on them and they stick together like glue so you have your very own sushi sandwich! I love wrapping up tuna, capsicums, avo, paleo mayo, and sesame seeds. What’s also great is that nori is low in calories, high in protein and iron, and a good source in dietary fibre.
3. Eggplant Slices
Here’s one that’s a bit crazy, but totally worth giving it a go! Simply grill a few slices of eggplant on a sandwich press or George Foreman grill, and use as bread. Recipe here. This is perfect for those months when eggplant is in season – find out more on our monthly ‘in season’ pages here.
4. Coconut Flour Wraps
These can be found at most health food stores or specialist grocery stores. Pay careful attention to the ingredients and make sure there’s no pesky non-paleo flours in there. Or make your own! This recipe by Dom’s Kitchen is super easy and makes delicious wraps for you.
5. Hollowed Cucumber Rolls
These are more of a snack than a meal, but still worth mentioning! Simply hollow out a telegraph cucumber and fill will your fave sandwich filling. I’ve tried this with tuna, chicken, and even taco mince, and they were all delicious. Full recipe found here.
Do you have any alternatives to sandwiches you’d like to share?