Did you know our love of the Sandwich goes back to 1762 when Sir John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, didn’t want to put his cards down during a poker game and so requested his meat be put between two slices of bread?
It’s not something that as a family you really think about, bread or even how much of it we use! Personally, my family is in love with bread and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do without it. We have more than one selection of bread available around our home. It seems like each one of us have a different taste: white bread for the kids, wheat bread for my husband and whole grain for me. On occasion I do see us mixing it up and getting into someone else’s bread, it’s funny and we always make a joke of it!
“Grains, in both their whole and enriched forms, play a vital role in a healthy diet with both immediate and long-term benefits. They are an important source of antioxidants, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and numerous other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.”
The nutritional value of Grains and Enriched Grain foods play an important role in the human diet for several reasons; some of which I have not been aware of until recently.
- The complex carbohydrates in bread and other grain-based foods provide essential fuel the body needs
- Grain foods are a major source of iron, a key nutrient in the production and release of energy to the body
- Enriched grains provide our bodies with essential B vitamins (niacin, thiamine and riboflavin), which collectively help maintain a healthy nervous system and increase energy production, and which may help lower cholesterol.
- Whole grains are naturally low in fat.
- Whole grains are a good source of fiber and lower the risk of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular disease.
A typical breakfast for my kids seem to always consist of bread. Toast, like my youngest boy has pictured above, with butter and grandpa’s homemade strawberry/peach preserves along with some yogurt and a glass of milk. Other breakfast items also include the kids favorite French Toast, Texas Toast Breakfast Sandwiches and the Breakfast Burrito. This is just breakfast time and we use a ton of bread each day, Lunch and Supper seem to be just as yummy.
There are so many wonderful things that you can make with your family when it comes to inventing sandwichs that everyone will love and enjoy! Check out some of Chef Bryan Voltaggio amazing sandwich creations! Like this yummy piece of sandwich art, The Banana, Peanut Butter, and Honey Sandwich.
“In continued celebration of National Bread Month and the 250th Anniversary of the Sandwich, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio has spiced up a classic – the peanut butter sandwich. His version ups the ante by using spiced peanut butter and bananas – a subtle tribute to Elvis, a man known to love his peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches.”
Bryan Voltaggio’s Banana, PB & Honey Sandwich
(makes 6 sandwiches – This sandwich can be served hot or cold, but the hot version is outlined below)
- 12 slices White bread
- 6 Bananas, sliced
- 8 ounces Peanut butter (use your favorite or see recipe below)
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 ounces Butter, at room temperature
- Lay out two slices of white bread on a cutting board.
- Spread both slices of bread with peanut butter. Set one aside.
- Take one slice and top with sliced bananas, then drizzle with honey. Place the reserved slice of bread on top.
- Brush the top and bottom of the sandwich with room temperature butter.
- If you own an electric sandwich maker or Panini press, place the sandwich inside for 2 ½ – 3 ½ minutes. If you do not have a sandwich press, simply place the sandwich in a sauté pan on top of your stove, set at medium heat, and cook the sandwich for 3 ½ – 4 ½ minutes on each side.
- While cooking, combine the cinnamon and the sugar in a small bowl
- Remove the sandwich and while still hot, season liberally with cinnamon and sugar.
- Cut in half and serve while hot.
For more of Chef Bryan Voltaggio amazing and creative sandwich recipes that you will love visit Go With The Grain.
It’s good to know your facts and learn about important things such as Grains and Enriched Grains that affect your daily life. It’s never too late and you will be amazed at what you will learn and that you can pass on to your children.
Do you pack a lunch for your children? What kind of bread are they eating? What delicious sandwich has become one of your favorite to make and their favorite to gobble down? I will tell you that my Favorite is the Classic Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. I probably have one every day! Any time of the day, not just a lunch item for me sometimes it is a after supper snack sandwich for me and my husband.
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