No one needs an excuse for a sandwich, really.

My favorite television show of all time is Friends. Although I would like to consider myself a Monica, I LOVE Joey (…sorry Chandler). Not only is he hilarious, but he also shares a love for one of my favorite foods — sandwiches. There’s really nothing better than high-quality ingredients, yummy flavors, and savory, sweet goodness settled in between bread (I mean bread…COME ON). That’s why when I don’t feel like slaving over a hot meal in the middle of the summer, my go-to dinner is a sandwich. The beauty of it all is that I can never get sick of sandwiches because there is an endless amount of options!

Tastes like chicken

One of my go-to sandwich recipes is a lighter take on chicken salad. I start by taking grilled chicken breasts (these things are a lifesaver for a busy eater whose constantly on-the-go) and cutting them into medium-sized cubes. Then, I chop up some ingredients for crunch – celery and walnuts are my usual choices. I recommend chopping them into slightly smaller bites than the chicken. Lastly, I grab some dried cranberries, which add a chewy sweetness and bright color. Once I have all of the, what some would call traditional ingredients, together, I like to take my chicken salad up a notch. Instead of using mayo to combine everything, I like to use plain Greek yogurt — it has the same tang that mayo brings to the table, but it makes the sandwich a little lighter for summer. I put it all together between a 12 grain bread, which adds the nuttiness to make this sandwich the perfect flavor combination.

Keep it Italian

When I am really running low on time, I like to avoid sacrificing flavor by throwing together a quick tomato, mozzarella, pesto sandwich. The key to making this sandwich quick is by using ingredients that make your life easier without sacrificing freshness. I like to use pre-sliced mozzarella and premade pesto. That way, all you have to do is slice up your tomatoes and bam! you’ve traveled to Italy and back in less than five minutes. I recommend using a heartier bread such as a baguette, so it stays sturdy even after absorbing all of the yummy juice from the tomatoes.

Make it sweet

At those moments when I am feeling like a kid at heart and at a loss of what to do with all of those leftover hot dog buns from summer cookouts, I love to throw together my own version of a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I enjoy using unique peanut butters like Cinnamon Raisin Swirl by the Peanut Butter & Co. or Honey Peanut Butter by Justin’s. All you have to do, is spread the peanut butter into the hot dog bun and peel and drop in the banana — done! In no more than two minutes, you have some sweet, salty goodness that takes you back to the good ‘ole days.

And finally, when I really feel like embracing the summertime, there is really northing better than indulging into an ice-cream cookie sandwich. I mean it’s summer, right?  Time to treat yo’self!

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