A local deli makes this massive, delightful sandwich called Amanda’s Big Mouth. It’s pastrami, cheddar, bacon, onions, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce and thousand island dressing (I skip the dressing)—and it’s amazing. It’s the kind of sandwich you eat when you are starving … or when you just want something amazing when you are enjoying a few minutes to yourself.
But it’s also massive and not at all diet friendly.
Isn’t that how it always works? You find a food you love, only to discover that it’s making your hips expand at a rapid pace? And it can only be blamed on your adoration, which is leading you to indulge in said sandwich a little too often. What? Do I speak from experience? Um? What?
Anyway, if you’ve resolved to be healthier, then that sandwich probably isn’t practical. Seriously. Does anyone need that much meat? Nonetheless, you don’t have to completely skip the deliciousness of your favorite stuffed sandwich. Just lighten it up a bit instead by making it at home with the same ingredients in moderation.
How? Toss the hard roll and use a whole wheat one or trade it in for a whole wheat pita or wrap. Cut the amount of meat down to 2-3 oz. To make the sandwich look fuller, don’t just lay the meat on. Instead, drop the meat on so that it sort of crumples and curls on itself (don’t put too much thought into that! The technique works best when you don’t think). Use only about an ounce of cheese and consider switching higher fat cheeses for lower fat ones. If the sandwich has other ingredients like bacon, use it! But just a little to get the flavor.
So, I applied these principals to my favorite sandwich. Guess what? It was at least as good as the original, and I didn’t feel weighed down after eating it (that’s a huge plus!). It’s a little spicy-sweet with the sriracha, with notes of saltiness and pepper. And it’s divine. Absolutely divine. Just try it.
See, you really can lighten up a sandwich and still enjoy it. What’s your favorite sandwich? Share!
Spicy Pastrami, Bacon, Swiss Wrap (aka, Amanda’s Little Bite)
1 whole wheat tortilla
1 oz Swiss cheese
1 slice bacon, cooked to crispy
2 oz pastrami (ask the deli to slice it ultra thin)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay out a piece of aluminum foil and place the tortilla in the center. Layer the tortilla with Swiss, bacon, pastrami and then a drizzle of sriracha. Fold in either side of the tortilla to form a wrap. Then, wrap the tin foil up so that the wrap is secure on all sides. Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Devour!
About the Author (Author Profile)Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.
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