superdumb supervillain: 31 Days: Slimmer Sandwiches

Friday, January 28, 2011

31 Days: Slimmer Sandwiches

The biggest epiphany I've had over the course of the 31 Days campaign is that it's not really what you eat as much as how much you eat. Well, obviously, what you eat is kind of important but it's amazing what strides you can make when you just cut down portion sizes. "Big deal!" you say, "I just eat a little sandwich for lunch." Have you ever looked at the nutrition statements on your bread? I really had no idea a tiny slice could pack so many calories! And without many extra nutrients, either, but with plenty of high fructose corn sugar. Egads, what was I thinking?

Arnold and Oroweat Sandwich Thins are a good alternative to regular sandwich breads. They contain no HFCS, are an excellent source of whole grains and dietary fiber, and only contain 100 calories per serving. Conveniently, they are also delicious. They make great traditional sandwiches but also work well as bases for portion-controlled homemade pizzas. I really wish the Seedless Rye variety was available in Kansas! These have become a great staple for me.

Here's a yummy serving suggestion that only looks decadent:

Simple Steak Sandwich
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Chef Claire Robinson, 2010

4 Arnold® or Oroweat® Multi-Grain Sandwich Thins® rolls
1 pound strip loin steak, trimmed
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large Spanish or Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Place steak in freezer for 30 to 45 minutes to make slicing easier.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. Begin cooking onions and when caramelizing begins, as noted by onions starting to turn brown, add in bell pepper slices and sauté until warm. Add a tablespoon of water as necessary to deglaze pan, and cook onions and peppers for a total of about 15 minutes.

Slice cold steak into thin strips and brush with remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a griddle pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook steak about 1 minute per side.

Place several slices of cooked meat on the bottom half of a Sandwich Thins® roll, and add hot caramelized onions and peppers. Top with the other half of the Sandwich Thins® roll.

Yield: 4 sandwiches
BYOC – Be your own chef MOMENT: Add in a cheese, like provolone or American, to turn this into a simple cheesesteak recipe!

Disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received samples of Arnold and Oroweat Sandwich Thins in a cute gym tote in order to facilitate this review but all opinions are decidedly my own.


  1. Naomi,
    I actually switched my lunch meal for a Lean Cuisine meal and lost 5 lbs from that little switch. I felt full and satisfied, yet cut my lunch calories enough to easily drop a few lbs. That sandwich looks amazing!

  2. I learned about these in a weight watchers class. Good stuff.


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