Anchovy, Tomato & Hard-Boiled Egg Sandwich on Rye

On those occasions when you’re left to your own devices for dinner, and you don’t particularly want to spend too much time cooking, but you also want a dinner that’s satisfying, this sandwich from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express is just the thing. (It helps if, like me, you’re part otter, and love pungent fish that comes in tins.) Preparation time: The amount of time it takes to boil an egg.

Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye
Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye

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Portobello Sandwiches with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Spread

There used to be a restaurant in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood called Still Life. They made sandwiches with creative toppings and great spreads and it was a wonderful place to spend a rainy afternoon eating lunch. So when I took the first bite of this sandwich, I felt like I was re-visiting one of my favorite lunch places. The tang of the goat cheese, the richness of the grilled portobello and the sweet smoky flavor of the onions all merge for one delicious sandwich.

Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches
Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches

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Grilled Chicken Banh Mi Sandwiches

We saw this banh mi recipe in this month’s Sunset Magazine and were drawn to this Vietnamese sandwich, with its piles of vegetables and promise of a great marinade. We loved the sweet, spicy, tangy sauce so much we ate two servings each. And, what a great way to enjoy basil and mint, which should be growing voluminously in your garden right about now.

Grilled Chicken Banh Mi
Grilled Chicken Banh Mi

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Salmon, Cream Cheese and Honey Mustard Wraps

Looking for an easy lunch idea? These salmon, cream cheese and honey mustard wraps with spinach are super satisfying and nutritious to boot. We rolled them on on lavash bread from Trader Joe’s. Any flat bread (or tortilla) would work.

Salmon, Cream Cheese and Flat Bread, Ready to Roll
Salmon, Cream Cheese and Flat Bread, Ready to Roll

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Martinotti’s Cafe and Deli in Portland

Just around the corner from Kenny and Zuke’s deli is Martinotti’s cafe and deli. We stopped in to Martinotti’s, lured by the impressive meat and cheese display. (Apparently we are suckers for a good deli. Also, apparently Seattle needs more delis.) Inside, you feel like you’re in an old-school deli in 1970’s New York.

Martinotti's Cafe and Deli in Portland
Martinotti's Cafe and Deli in Portland

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Lentil Burgers and a Secret Salad Dressing

Lentils are a good source of protein, they’re super inexpensive, and archaeological evidence shows they were eaten as far back as 13,000 years ago. Nicely done, neolithic people.

Red Lentils, Lemon, Tofu, Carrots, Onions, Etc.
Red Lentils, Lemon, Tofu, Carrots, Onions, Etc.

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Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Pesto and Goat Cheese Sandwich

We had leftover pesto after we made the green pizza. Rather than putting it on pasta, we were feeling sandwich-y and needed something for lunch, anyway. Hence, this…

Roasted Eggplant, Bell Pepper and Feta on Ciabatta
Roasted Eggplant, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese on Ciabatta

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