Eat More Guts

Ever since I was medium-sized I’ve been eating the guts out of my sandwiches and leaving the bread behind. Part of this is because I grew up eating sandwiches made with my mother’s whole-grain, crammed-with-seeds, infinitely varied and interesting homemade bread, and once I was on my own (and emphatically NOT baking all my own bread) no other bread could measure up. And part of it was a simple love for sandwich guts.

Which is handy these days, given that bread is one of the five forbidden foods. But I still eat lots of sandwich guts, now with totally different ways to hold them together. Here are a few that you might enjoy, as well as a few tips on how to make them foods you can eat with your hands:

Swiss Cheese
My all-time favorite gut. Guts. Whatever. Anyway, I buy those sandwich slices and roll up sprouts, spinach, red pepper slices, pear wedges, and even hummus in them. For added fun and goofiness, use toothpicks to hold your cheese rolls together. Messy, delicious, wonderful.

Peanut Butter
Still a fave. And I grew up eating the real, just-ground, gotta-stir-it-up kind, and I still love it. I grind my own at Whole Foods, and I think you can acually get it at the regular grocery stores now, too. Eat it with celery sticks, apple slices, and even a few (it’s a bread, so go easy) pretzels.

Home-grown Tomato, Bufala Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil
Warm tomatoes from the garden, a fresh, pretty little round bufala (look in the deli section for these treasures), and a handful of fragrant green basil leaves (look in your grocery by the tomatoes, or grow your own) make the best sandwich guts ever invented by the Italians. I put lots of freshly ground black pepper on mine. They alternate slices of tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves on a plate, then drizzle the whole thing with olive oil. You’ll hear it called insalata caprese, and this is what they eat in heaven. Oh, yeah — I don’t eat this with my hands, but I would if there were no forks around!

Grilled Chicken
Lots of restaurants are doing chicken in lettuce wraps these days. Or maybe they always did and I’m just starting to notice them. For theirs P.F. Chang’s uses iceberg lettuce, which has no redeeming nutritional value (see Rethink Your Salad, comment section), so I use cooked kale that’s been chilled in the fridge. You could also use that curly purply Romaine lettuce. Load your greenies with chicken, pesto, even some radish or carrot slices.

Roast Turkey
I hate all “lunch meat”. It tastes fakey and feels slimy. It’s usually over-salted and it just doesn’t compare with a real slice of turkey straight off the breast, or even a slice off a ham. I’m actually willing to purchase turkey breasts and cook them just so that I never have to eat a slice of lunch meat again. I buy pre-sliced hams as well. I will even pay ridiculous prices ($9 per pound, here) once in a while for some roast beef from a deli counter. Anything to avoid lunch meat.

Try your turkey chopped, mixed with fresh tarragon (our grocery has it in the specialty refrigerated section) and a bit of plain yogurt. You can add green apple, red pear, or even some red grapes to make this really sing. I eat it with celery stalks. Talk about great guts!

What are your favorite guts? Leave me a comment!

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5 Responses to Eat More Guts

  1. Mom August 7, 2009 at 4:19 am #

    I like turkey or chicken (real) with green grapes, a good,crisp tangy apple cut up, pecans ( cut in coarse pieces, not fine), and celery with a little mayo.

  2. Mom August 7, 2009 at 4:22 am #

    Another idea for guts it to dig out the inside of a beautiful, ripe tomato and fill it with cucumber, onion, put the rest of the tomato back in, add some fresh mozzarella cheese and drizzle with white balsamic vinegar.

  3. col August 7, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    mmmmm that caprese looks amazing.
    .-= col´s last blog ..Wild Geese by Mary Oliver =-.

  4. Sine Botchen August 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    >>I hate all “lunch meat”.

    Yes! Just got some at lunch and it’s a national “healthy” brand of meat where the packaging states things like: No Fillers, Zero Artificial Flavors, 97% Fat Free. However, flipping over to the back we see it contains 440 mg of sodium per serving, along with such special ingredients like: potassium lactate, sodium(s) diacetate/erythorbate/phosphate/nitrate. Granted no one wants botulism, but how much of this stuff is actually necessary?

    The other day I noticed my tuna was labeled with a statement that it contained tasteless, orderless smoke for color rentention. I don’t want my tuna to contain smoke, unless I’m the one smoking it on the grill or something. Ditto for my salmon. I don’t care if my salmon is red or not, so why do they add color to it? I’d rather have salmon that looks like halibut if it meant it wasn’t monkeyed with by the food industry. Okay, done ranting.
    .-= Sine Botchen´s last blog ..When is a farm not a farm? =-.

  5. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    Heh. Nothing like a little erythorbate to start your day, huh, Botchen? Today I had some canned tuna and when I read the ingredients I saw it contained flour, chicken broth (????), and other stuff. And here I thought it was *tuna*. Silly me.

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