Behold the sandwich.

I was out with a friend recently when the topic of cooking came up. I mentioned that I had been a vegetarian for three years and they said they couldn’t imagine giving up meat.

That was a bit dramatic, but then my friend asked, “What did you eat for lunch? Was it a peanut butter sandwich all the time? Doesn’t that get boring?”

No, it wasn’t always a peanut butter sandwich. But the boring question got me thinking. I’m a fairly Type A personality. I enjoy routine and planning and lists. But having everything so ordered sometimes means I fall into a food rut, which is basically when you eat the same thing day after day.

Since this conversation I’ve actively tried to vary my food choices more, especially when it comes to breakfast and lunch. Dinner is fairly easy to shake up because I’m usually not the one making it.

Breakfast is usually simple for me. I don’t like to eat too much too early because it tends to make me feel a little nauseated. I like plain cereal, or an egg on toast, or Greek yogurt with granola or fruit.

But lunch, if I’m not taking leftovers from the night before, can be tricky. I never know exactly when I’m going to eat lunch because meetings come up and breaking news happens that can call me out of the office. Enter the sandwich.

I’ve actually met a person who didn’t like to eat sandwiches. I thought they were excessively weird. I love sandwiches, so I’d thought I’d share a few of my favorite sandwich combos to ensure people aren’t in a peanut butter sandwich rut.

Types of Sandwiches (use your favorite bread/pita/lettuce wrap/what have you)

Peanut butter & jelly/jam: the school lunchbox classic. You don’t mess with perfection.

Peanut butter & banana: Another classic. You could add a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or bacon for that extra level of awesome.

American cheese & dill pickle: OK, so this may just be a personal favorite of mine. My dad always used to make this for me on toasted whole wheat bread. It just works. Don’t be a hater.

Munster cheese, salami, lettuce & mustard: You’ll need a breath mint. Maybe two.

Cheddar cheese & green apple: This has been a recent favorite. I like it on rye bread. You can also add a slice of ham or turkey, both of which would work well. (Photos of this sandwich assembly below.)

photo(2)Toast bread. Top with cheese & melt in microwave or toaster over for a few seconds.

photo(3)Add green apple slices.

photoAssemble sandwich & enjoy.

Those are just a few of my favorite easy sandwich combos for lunch. Do you have a favorite lunchtime sandwich? Tell me in the comments section below!

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