Bread is one of my favorite foods, and November is National Bread Month.Â I love fresh hot bread right from the oven, and it is a great addition to the dinner table. The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating six one servings of grain foods every day, and bread is one of the easiest ways to eat grain. The complex carbohydrates in bread and other grain-based foods provide lasting energy the human body needs on a daily basis, and bread tastes delicious too!
I try to use whole grains as much as possible, by eating things like whole wheat bread.Â However my family prefers bread from white flour that has been enriched.Â But both types provide a good source of complex carbohydrates and are one of the major sources for iron and folic acid in our diets.
Of course bread is also used in making the most ubiquitous lunch around â€“ sandwiches. This year is actually the 250th anniversary of the sandwich.Â In 1762 the 4th Earl of Sandwich, Sir John Montagu, requested his dinner meat be served between two slices of bread.Â Apparently he was playing poker and didnâ€™t want to put down his cards to eat!Â From this came a long traditions of sandwiches as an easy lunch or dinner.
Sandwiches are popular because they are quick and easy to make, and are healthy too.Â They are also very portable, which I think is one of the reason they are so common in our on-the-go society.Â Whether you are packing a lunch for school or for the office it is hard to find something more convenient and versatile.Â My kids love peanut butter bread and Nutella sandwiches, but I like a little more variety than that.Â I like to include lots of veggies on my sandwiches, like this one I made with a little salami and lots of spinach and tomatoes.
If you are in a sandwich rut (like my kids) you can get some inspiration from some delicious recipes created by celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio in honor of the 250th anniversary of the sandwich.Â You can see all of these recipe creations at the recipe section of the Go With the Grain website.Â Here is one that will be perfect for all those Thanksgiving leftovers, The Pilgrim, which combines turkey with cranberries and cream cheese.
No matter what you like you can find a sandwich to enjoy.Â Let me know what you like to include on your sandwiches!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.