Today I want to share with you a little tip that will help you keep sandwiches closed on the go, will make them easier to eat and there will be less mess! Am I promising too much? Not at all!
We all make sandwiches at some point in our life. Whether is office or school lunch, a weekend picnic, to eat in the train…. sandwiches, pita bread pockets, wraps, baguettes… food sandwiched between an edible top and bottom, is usually our go-to-food to eat “on the go”.
I tend to get a bit creative when I am making sandwiches. I mean, just because I am eating a sandwich it doesn’t mean that it has to be plain and boring, right? The problem is that the more ingredients you put in, the harder will be to keep it closed.
The boys used to come home from school frustrated because their sandwiches were very messy by lunch time. From all the rattling inside the lunch box, the sandwich was pretty much deconstructed by the time they went to eat it making it difficult to pick them up or do anything with it.
In order to keep all your ingredients inside the sandwich and avoid mess is to wrap it in cling film or tin foil. That will certainly keep your sandwich neat. But, if you are like me and you are not a great fan of cling film, and/or you have run out of it, and/or if you like reusing your containers, there is a very simple solution for you.
NO MORE MESSY SANDWICHES – HOW TO
Make your sandwich. Put all the ingredients you want in it. Yes, as many as you want
Cut your sandwich in half if required.
Get a sheet of kitchen paper and cut 2 strips from it. The width of the strip will depend on how big your sandwich is. The bigger the sandwich, the thicker the kitchen roll strip should be.
Fold the strips lengthwise to make them more resistant.
Wrap the folded kitchen paper strip around your sandwich.
Secure with some tape.
Repeat procedure for other sandwiches.
This tip works perfectly well with baguettes, wraps, burritos, pita bread… anything that needs to be contained, some kitchen roll and tape will contain it! So no more messy sandwiches, lunch boxes or picnics, just wrap it and enjoy it!
Will you try it?
Happy Friday lovely people!
Have an amazing weekend
We are great fans of caramelized onion in our house. We always have a jar of it at home to have with cheese, meat, in soups, pizzas, sandwiches.. it is delicious with anything.
I find something very therapeutically about slowly cooking the onions, the process, the smells… very relaxing and homely.
Onions are naturally sweet and that sweetness gets released by slowly cooking the onions over an extended period of time. The natural sugars in the onions caramelize and they make the most delicious and wholesome flavor.
How? Easy. You will need:
4 onions – I prefer to use red onions as they are sweeter but you can use white onions if you’d prefer.
1 tablespoon of olive oil
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan. Peel and chop the onions in thin slices and add them to the oil. Stir the onions making sure that every single slice gets covered in oil. Leave the onions to saute on a low-medium heat (every hob is different- just make sure that the onions are not going to burn, it’s about slow cooking). Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally. After 10 minutes or so, season them with salt, make sure they are not burning, and leave them on the hob for another 10 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. After another 10 minutes, add the tablespoon of sugar and make sure that it gets to all the corners of the pan. If the onions are a bit too dry and they are sticking to the pan, add a little bit of water. Cook for further 10-15 minutes keeping an eye on it to make sure they don’t burn.
When the onions are all brown and sticky, transfer them into an air tight container and keep in the fridge once cooled.
Try adding them to your normal hummus recipe or add them to your steak and let me know your thoughts, I think I can already read them!
We are big into nuts in my house: almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts… any kind of nut. All but peanuts as Mr Chaotic Monkeys is allergic to them. Almonds in particular are a staple in our snack bag, together with fruit and rice-cakes.
Almonds are an amazing food. They are high in vitamin E, high in healthy (monounsaturated) fats, magnesium, potassium and protein, which makes them the perfect healthy snack to have when you are feeling peckish. ROSEMARY ROASTED ALMONDS
2 cups of whole almonds
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
dash of ground pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl making sure they are all properly coated.
Put the nuts in a roasting tray in a preheated oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes shaking them slightly half way. Take them out and let them cool.
The rosemary gives the almonds a delicious fragrance that together with the roasting brings the almonds to a whole different level.
The boys have always liked almonds, but now they LOVE them!
What is your favorite snack?
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The following words might come as a surprise to you, so please be ready. I have been exercising. Yes, it is true. I recently signed up for a boot-camp. The first few days were very hard and insanely painful – the kind of pain that comes from muscles that you didn’t even know you had! Thankfully I am passed that stage now and I am actually enjoying it now. Ok, maybe not enjoying the exercise itself but the satisfaction that comes after having exercised.
I have been trying to alter my diet. Not massively, we eat fresh and healthy at home. One thing I am trying to do is increase my protein intake but as I have been trying to cut down in animal protein for the last year, I have been looking for nice recipes to add protein in different ways. A delicious and very versatile way of adding protein to your diet is through smoothies. Smoothies are my favorite breakfast option. I have never been a breakfast person. It is one meal I could always skip. Monday to Friday, we are usually in too much of a rush to sit down and have breakfast so a smoothie is a great option for me. I can take it around the house while we all get ready . It is a breakfast on the go and it doesn’t even require chewing! (yes, i am that lazy!!)
This smoothie is not only delicious but it will also keep you full and energized for the entire morning. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter into your smoothie will provide you with 7 grams of protein and infinite grams of yumminess. PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
1 small ripe banana
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon chocolate syrup (optional)
This high protein smoothie will keep your sugar levels balanced all morning and away from cravings.
Have you got a favorite protein smoothie? Share with us!