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Five Quick and Easy Sandwich Recipes

Updated on February 29, 2020

When you think about a quick and easy sandwich recipe, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are the first thing that comes to mind.

Rather than insulting the intelligence of my readers in giving instructions on how to assemble a sandwich, I will make the assumption that you are at least minimally familiar with how to do so, and continue on.

The sandwiches you will read about below are very easy to make, so easy to make in fact that even kids can do it.

Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich - the Classic Leftover Sandwich Style
Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich - the Classic Leftover Sandwich Style

The first sandwich you will learn how to make is easily customizable, and economical as well.  This sandwich is called:  The Leftovers Sandwich

To make a Leftovers sandwich, explore your refridgerator.  Avoid the science projects in Tupperware, and concern yourself with leftovers that follow the guidelines of:  one meat, one side dish, one type of cheese.

Taking two slices of bread, stack on this bad boy a slice of meat, a spoonful of the chosen side dish, and a slice of cheese.  Put the top slice on, and wrap the sandwich in a paper towel.  Microwave the sandwich for 20-30 seconds.  This melts the cheese, warms the meat and side item inside the bread, and really pulls the flavors together.

Spam Sandwiches

Spam sandwiches by
Spam sandwiches by

The next sandwich is fast and simple, and also quite tasty!

When you look at a can of SPAM, do you think about a sandwich, warm and gooey with cheese, on a croissant? I do!

To make a SPAM sandwich, you need:

  • One can of your preferred flavor of SPAM
  • Croissants
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

First, slice the croissants in half so you have a top and bottom portion. Set your oven to 200 degrees so the oven will warm the croissants while you prepare the SPAM without burning the croissants..

Cut the block of SPAM into slices by the width of the can - you'll note that this yummy potted meat product is cut on both ends, use that as your guide. The slices should be about 1/8th of an inch thick. Cook the slices in butter (or butter alternative, if you prefer), adding salt and pepper, and once warmed, set the slices on a paper towel to drain and suck off the grease.

Bring out the warmed croissants, and place SPAM slices on the bottom half of each croissant. On the top half, spread a thin coating of honey. Add cheese, and enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Traditional PB&J
Traditional PB&J

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches are the staple sandwich for many households, and they come in a range of varieties.

Some people avoid peanut butter and jelly because of fat and sugar concerns, but many options present themselves that allow for a quick, easy sandwich that is lower on fat and sugar.

Nature's Own 100% Whole Grain Sugar Free bread seems to be the healthiest national brand, available at most grocery stores.  With 50 calories and 3 grams of protein per slice, you can feel safe eating it.

Better 'n Peanut Butter has 100 calories per serving, and only 2.5 grams of fat, compared to the Skippy Natural peanut butter, which has 180 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per serving.

Smucker's fruit jelly comes in two sugar-free varieties, made either with Splenda or NutraSweet.  These jellies have 10-20 calories per serving, and are still sweet and delicious.

For those who prefer the whole experience, the sky is the limit.  Consider making your next PB&J with a marmalade spread, for something different and still tasty.

Cold Cut Sandwiches

Cold cuts, or deli cut sandwiches, are an excellent lunch to have on a cold day.

You can choose to toast the bread, which makes the sandwich crunchy, and slightly warm, for a bit of variety.

The deli trio sandwich is my favorite cold cut, and takes roughly 5 minutes to assemble:

  • Turkey slices
  • Pepperoni Slices
  • Roast Beef Slices
  • Swiss or Provolone Cheese
  • Honey Mustard, or Spicy Mustard
  • Wheat Bread

To make it, take one of each meat, two slices of cheese, and a squirt of mustard.

PB&J Variants

This is an acquired taste, but a variant of the PB&J that warrants it's own mention.

As a child, my father used to make two strange kinds of sandwiches for me. One was a sandwich made on toast, with butter melted into it, and sprinkled with sugar. While not truly a sandwich, it took three minutes to make, and was delicious, reminding me of french toast without all the eggy mess.

The other kind of sandwich he would make was a peanut butter and margarine sandwich. While loaded with fat, and certainly not healthy, this type of sandwich was cool, and had a unique taste, while also being inexpensive.


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