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Recipes

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Any Way You Stack It
Kick-start your lunch routine with these easy tips and recipes:
Prep the week. Create a shopping list based on your week’s menu, and prep your ingredients in advance so creating a delicious sandwich is easy. Have a little fun and experiment. Bet you didn’t know that if you put two pieces of bread in the same slot of the toaster, the outside of the bread gets crispy and the inside stays soft and pillowy.
Spread the love. Spice things up with a smoked bacon ranch or spicy chipotle pepper spread – it’s a simple addition and guaranteed to be tasty.
Nibble ready. Stock your fridge with quick, grab-and-go snacks and sides. Fresh vegetables are a tasty treat when dipped in Country Herb Ranch or Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hidden Valley Sandwich Spread & Dip. Cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower or bell pepper strips also make great dippers.
Leftover magic. Repurpose boring leftovers into delicious sandwiches to take on-the-go for school and office lunches. Simply add spread and bread. Yesterday’s roast chicken is today’s Chicken Bacon Club.
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Louisiana-style Muffaletta Sandwich

Superior sandwich

Add some interest to your plate with gourmet options for lunch

Skip the peanut butter sandwiches and try something more gourmet, such as BLT Boats.

Returning to a school or work routine is bittersweet. Schedules and agendas don’t have to be boring, though, when your lunch routine is anything but. Run-of-the-mill PB&J and turkey and cheese standbys are making way for a new hero: gourmet sandwich creations that inspire envy.

Ingredients, such as savory green olives, peppery salami and smoky roasted tomatoes can be lunch staples with these delicious recipes. Skip those weekday blues and mix up your lunch with a layer of excitement.

BLT Boats

1/2 cup Hidden Valley Smoked Bacon Ranch Sandwich Spread & Dip, divided

2 cups chopped lettuce, 1/2 -inch pieces

1 cup seeded and chopped tomato

1 cup chopped, sliced turkey (about 6 ounces)

6 hot dog buns

Crumbled crisp-cooked bacon, optional

In medium mixing bowl, gently stir together sandwich spread, chopped lettuce, tomato and turkey. Fill hot dog buns with mixture. If desired, garnish with bacon. Makes 6 servings.

Louisiana-style Muffaletta Sandwiches

16-ounce loaf sweet Italian or French bread, cut in half lengthwise

1/2 cup Hidden Valley Oven-Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sandwich Spread & Dip

3/4 pound assorted Italian deli meats, such as ham, salami and mortadella

1/4 pound sliced provolone cheese

1/2 cup sliced green olives

Lettuce, if desired

Open loaf of bread and spread sandwich spread on both sides of cut surfaces. Top one side with layers of meat, cheese, olives and lettuce and then close with other side. Slice into 2-inch wide segments for serving. Makes 10 servings.

Veggie Lovers Sandwich with Roasted Garlic

1 sourdough sandwich roll, toasted

2 tablespoons garlic parmesan sandwich spread and dip

8 slices of mixed grilled vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, red onions and mushrooms

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish, optional

Spread both sides of sandwich roll with garlic sandwich spread. Top with layers of grilled vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese, if desired. Makes 2 servings.

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