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Sandwiches Are Not Just For a Packed Lunch

When most people think of sandwiches, their thoughts probably immediately go to packed lunches. That makes sense. The sandwich is the perfect meal to pack in a picnic basket, lunchbox or even briefcase. Sandwiches are portable and can be customized to fit your tastes. Maybe that is why people all over the world eat so many sandwiches each year. But sandwiches are not just for lunch anymore. It is not uncommon to see sandwiches on menus for breakfast and dinner too.

The breakfast sandwiches we see at restaurants usually do not stray from the usual egg, meat and cheese combo but the type of bread does vary somewhat. If you are at the drive through, English muffins, biscuits and croissants are the most common options with a few exceptions. At a sit down restaurant you can be a bit more creative by adding sauces or vegetables to your sandwich. The variety of meats may also be expanded to include ham, steak or even chicken.

For lunch there are too many different types of sandwiches to list. If you are packing a lunch, you will most likely want a cold sandwich, which is what most people think of when you say sandwich. There are many different options for fillings for bread, from tuna salad to turkey to the kids favorite, peanut butter and jelly.

With the exception of peanut butter and jelly, most cold sandwiches become much healthier for you with the addition of vegetables, the most common being lettuce and tomato. Either before or after you decide what fillings you want for your sandwich you must decide what kind of bread you want.

If you crave more than just a cold sandwich for lunch or dinner, then a hot sandwich is what you want. Hot sandwiches come in just as many varieties as cold. As far as fast food goes the most common hot sandwich is the burger.

While fast food burgers are delicious, you might not want all the calories, but still want the burger flavor they offer. If you can swing it, try going to a sit down restaurant that offers a variety of non-beef burgers. Or cook at home and save money and calories. You can put almost anything on a bun and call it a burger including ground turkey, which most resembles beef, or go vegetarian with a bean and rice burger or mushroom burger.

There are many other varieties of hot sandwiches that will make quick preparation of a hot meal. If you like tuna salad but want something a bit different, try a tuna melt. If you really like bread and want to add another slice into your sandwich, grab some toast and make a club sandwich. Panini is another choice for hot sandwich in which the whole sandwich is grilled.

Kids like hot sandwiches too so do not forget about them. Grilled cheese is favorite for the little ones and some adults too. To keep grilled cheese from being boring, try different types of cheeses, or add some veggies for even more nutrition.

Sandwiches are a great food for any meal, so do not be afraid to prepare them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Remember, as long as you have something between two slices of bread, you can call it a sandwich (and a meal)!

 


Healthy Foods for Your Body

Looking for a great way to lose weight does not mean that you have to starve yourself in order to do so. There are many healthy foods available out there that will help you to achieve your desired weight loss goals provided that you have the necessary willpower and energy to do so. Lets face it, losing weight is not easy and it takes a lot of hard work , but if you have the right mindset and the dedication to do so, you should have no problem losing weight if you eat healthy and get the proper amount of daily exercise. When you are trying to lose weight the natural way, you can take the money that you would have spent on a diet program such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, and use it to purchase natural foods from your neighborhood store that will produce the same results as the diet programs do. Here are some useful tips that will help you lose the weight that you desire without having to pay a monthly membership to have foods delivered directly to your doorstep.

When you make the decision that you are going to drop a few pounds, you must concentrate on the foods that you are consuming. The one thing that you must make sure of is to cut back on the size of the portions that you eat because you want your body to be able to burn up the buildup fat in your body instead of storing it. It might seem hard at first, but cutting down on the amount of food you consume per meal will help you to lose faster and easier than joining any diet program would have. This is where your willpower kicks in because you have to be able to cut your proportions down in order to achieve weight loss.

Once you have mastered the proportion controlling of eating, the next step is to incorporate some sort of exercise into your daily program. You should try to start out being active for an hour a day, if possible. Starting out easy and not over doing it will give you better results and better benefits when you see the weight starting to come off. Once you have started losing weight and get more energy, you can gradually increase the amount of your daily workout , but be careful not to make it too demanding as it may seem like you are on a rigorous workout schedule and that is not good for you. If you are serious about losing weight, you are going to have to be happy with it and not think of it as work and before you know it, the pounds will start to come off.

If you are losing weight all by yourself, you are going to have to think of it as a step program. Taking things in small steps or proportions will get you to your goal even though it may take you a little longer and require some extra work on your part. You will be surprised on how much weight you can lose a couple of months down the road simply by setting a goal for yourself and sticking to it.

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Asian Cuisine Crash Course

Asian culture has been around far longer than any in the West. It has developed largely unknown throughout ancient history. But now, with the proliferation of Asian immigrants and the Internet, people are becoming aware of what the East has to offer. As with any culture, food is as interesting as any aspect. Read on and discover three Asian cuisines.

Chinese

China can boast being one of the world's largest countries - both in geographical area and in terms of population size. Because of these factors, China is divided into different regions that, while all characteristically Chinese, are also distinct in many ways. What is similar across all regions, however, is the universal use of noodles or rice and a complementary dish with vegetables, meat or fish. Chicken, pork, and fish are the most popular meats, with beef not as prevalent as in the West. Most dishes are served as bite-sized pieces so that they are easier to eat with chopsticks - no more slicing requiring the use of knives. Chinese dishes are served family-style, with a large communal dish wherein all diners take from. No individual portions here.

Two regions, Canton on the mainland opposite Hong Kong and Shanghai on the northern coast, are renowned for their fresh seafood dishes partly because of their proximity to abundant waters. Authentic Chinese food, in contrast to Americanized Chinese food, is characterized by the extensive use of spices. The Hunan and Sichuan provinces of China are well known for their use of sauces laden with small but fiery red peppers.

Korean

The flavors of Korean cuisine is distinct from its neighbors. Korean dishes typically use red peppers, garlic, onions, ginger, mustard, sesame, and bean paste to get its trademark taste. Also, chili paste is a favorite among Koreans with many households serving them at the dinner table. And who could forget kimchi? It's a side dish made out of fermented cabbage. If there is one dish that screams Korea, it's kimchi.

Pulgoki, a Korean way of barbecuing, has enjoyed increasing popularity. A basic sauce of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and sugar is used to coat meat that is about to be grilled. Different ingredients are added according to region and the individual cook's preferences. Korea's unique geography gives it access to the Yellow Sea, the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. This wealth of coastline means an abundance of fish - something that Korean cuisine took advantage of and made its own.

Japanese

The Japanese have a rich seafaring tradition that spans hundreds of years. Because of this, Japanese chefs have elevated cooking with fish into an art form. Sushi is not only tasty, it's a feat for the eyes as well. Preparation of this dish takes years of painstaking practice. A typical Japanese meal consists of steamed rice, soup, a vegetable dish and fish prepared in a variety of ways. Exotic fare like squid, octopus, eel, clams, and sea urchins are considered common in Japan.

Japanese food is known for its subtle approach to flavor but there are noteworthy exemptions to this rule. Wasabi is a strong spicy paste made from horseradish and is what gives sushi its kick. Other familiar Japanese condiments include rice vinegar, mirin, miso, sake, and soy sauce. Seaweed, ginger, mushrooms and beans are used in a number of ways and commonly flavor rice dishes and soups.

Japanese chefs take the time to make their creations look as good as they taste. Wherein Chinese cooking is content with serving everything in a single bowl, the Japanese approach is characterized by individual servings. These are painstakingly arranged by hand and meant to make the dish as appealing as possible.

 




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