Eating gluten free can be a hassle, especially when you want/need a good bread for a sandwich. My family especially loves a good BLT. However, we have not found a bread that we all can agree on. So, what are we to do? We do spinach wraps.
Have your tomatoes sliced, your lettuce washed and your bacon cooked. Then, create an overlapping bunch of spinach, about the size of a tortilla. Make your overlaps deep so they will stay together. Lay your tomatoes, beacon and lettuce inside. Spread a tiny amount of mayo onto the tomato or lettuce. Roll up your spinach like a tortilla and you are good to go! By the way, this can get VERY messy.
Some other variations include leaving out the lettuce in the sandwich (It seems redundant.), using lettuce (like leaf lettuce or iceberg lettuce) in place of the spinach (way less messy), using smashed avocado in place of the mayo or making this as a salad instead of a sandwich. Spinach, tomato, avocado, bacon and cheese with a light ranch dressing tastes yummy!
For other sandwiches, we use spinach/leaf lettuce, lunch meat, cheese, veggies and spread on the condiments. Roll it up and go. My kids really like it when I put a toothpick in the roll-up to get it to stay together. Sandwich ideas include turkey and Swiss, ham and cheddar, roast beef and provolone. We have even tried pepperoni and mozzarella. Yum! Plus, if you are careful, little grape tomatoes will work in these when wrapped up tightly. You can also add shredded carrots, purple cabbage, thinly sliced peppers, raw mushrooms, etc. My kids also enjoy what we call the “inside-out sandwich”. Put the lunch meat or large cheese slice on the outside and the spinach on the inside. Then, stick in a toothpick. Be creative. (I don’t recommend PB&J in this manner – peanut butter and spinach taste strange together!) Fill yourself with highly nutritious food and you won’t miss the bread. (Alright, that’s not entirely true, but I am trying to convince myself of that.)
It takes a few more of these “roll-ups” to fill us up since there is no bread, but I feel good about filling us with spinach, meat and cheese instead of bread. Plus, there are fewer crumbs!