Build a Better Sandwich

9/13/2013, 8:32 a.m.
Returning to a school or work routine is bittersweet. Schedules and agendas don’t have to be boring, though, when your ...

(Family Features) Returning to a school or work routine is bittersweet. Schedules and agendas don’t have to be boring, though, when your lunch routine is anything but. Run-of-the-mill PB&J and turkey and cheese standbys are making way for a new hero: gourmet sandwich creations that inspire envy.

Craveable ingredients, like crumbled bacon, sliced turkey and flavorful spreads can be lunch staples with this delicious recipe. Skip those weekday blues and mix up your lunch with a layer of excitement.

Makes Great Meal Any Way You Stack It

Weekday lunch breakers rejoice — the sandwich is making a comeback. Kick-start your lunch routine with these easy tips and craveable recipes that are sure to inspire lunch envy:

Prep the Week: Create a shopping list based on your week’s menu, and prep your ingredients in advance so creating a delicious sandwich is easy. Have a little fun and experiment. Bet you didn’t know that if you put two pieces of bread in the same slot of the toaster, the outside of the bread gets crispy and the inside stays soft and pillowy.

Spread the Love: Spice things up with a Smoked Bacon Ranch or Spicy Chipotle Pepper Hidden Valley Sandwich Spread & Dip — it’s a simple addition and guaranteed to be tasty. For more recipes, visit www.hiddenvalley.com/sandwiches.

Nibble Ready: Stock your fridge with quick, grab-and-go snacks and sides. Fresh vegetables are a tasty treat when dipped in Country Herb Ranch or Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hidden Valley Sandwich Spread & Dip. Made with white beans and cream cheese, each tablespoon has one-third the calories of mayonnaise. Cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower or bell pepper strips also make great dippers.

Leftover Magic: Repurpose boring leftovers into delicious sandwiches to take on-the-go for school and office lunches. Simply add spread and bread.

BLT Boats

Serves 6

1/2 cup Hidden Valley® Smoked Bacon Ranch Sandwich Spread & Dip, divided

2 cups chopped lettuce, 1/2-inch pieces

1 cup seeded and chopped tomato

1 cup chopped, sliced turkey (about 6 ounces)

6 hot dog buns

Crumbled crisp-cooked bacon, optional

In medium mixing bowl, gently stir together sandwich spread, chopped lettuce, tomato and turkey. Fill hot dog buns with mixture. If desired, garnish with bacon.