My favorite fast food is sandwiches, real, fresh sandwiches. I realized that the reason I love these sandwiches so much is the fresh ingredients, and that I can so easily make my own at home if I just keep some on hand! I used to not make sandwiches very often because I only had lunchmeat and cheese and bread, not exciting. But now I always have fresh veggies around, so I am eating a lot more sandwiches and loving it. I keep them healthy (mustard not mayo, very thinly sliced cheese, lots of veggies) and I did the math yesterday and realized I also keep them cheap. We buy our lunch meat and Tillamook cheddar in bulk at Sam’s Club. Each sandwich I make uses only $0.20 total of meat and cheese. I get my avocados when they’re on sale, so the half of a large avocado I used cost only 55 cents. Factor in the cost of the other ingredients and the total comes out to only 98 cents! Beat that Subway!

The key to making your sandwich affordable and still tasty is in the vegetables. Eric loves to pile on lots of meat and cheese, honestly it gets a little to heavy for me that way. When I make sandwiches “my” way, Eric says they’re amazing and how much he loves them. I don’t know if he even realizes I simply use less meat/cheese and add vegetables. You may prefer using a specialty roll or bread, but keep in mind that will drive up the cost. I like really green lettuce on my sandwiches, it has more flavor. This sandwich (my absolute favorite) is turkey, cheddar, bacon, avocado, tomato and lettuce. Other great veggies are bell peppers, cucumbers, spinach, carrots, and cabbage.

Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado Sandwich

serves 2
4 slices sandwich bread
10 slices of turkey lunchmeat (if deli style 4 if thicker cut)
2 slices cooked bacon
2 thin slices of cheddar
1 avocado sliced thinly
1 roma tomato sliced thinly
lots of green leafy lettuce
Toast the bread lightly. Spread one side of each slice with mustard. Lay half of the cheese on each of two slices of bread. Top each with half an avocado, fanning the slices out. Top the avocado with half the tomato slices, lettuce and then half the turkey. Place other slice of bread on top and press down lightly. Cut in half to serve.

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