Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Day Off With A Friend and Beach Sandwiches


Living near the beach.

A good friend.

A gorgeous summer  day. The sun is shining. The temperature is hovering around 87 degrees. No humidity. And a refreshing, slight breeze.

The youngest is at camp for another 3 days. The middle girl is at film camp in New York City. The 19 year old has to work. TBHITW is "in the field" all day. 

My good friend Anne is in the same boat as me. Kids all scattered with their own activities, husband working in the city all day. What's a girl to do?

We are heading for a girl's day off - down the shore. I am in charge of packing lunch. 

Beach Sandwiches: (serves 2)

Two ciabatta rolls
4 ounces deli sliced roasted low fat turkey
2 slices provolone cheese (25% reduced fat)
hand full of mixed baby greens
1 home grown tomato, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
drizzle of non fat italian dressing 

Assemble sandwich by splitting rolls. Pile cheese, then turkey, then tomato, then greens, drizzle of italian dressing, topped by avocado slices, then top of roll. Wrap tightly in foil. This will insulate and protect your sandwiches. 

Tip: Freeze a couple of water bottles and use them as your beach drink and ice packs. The water will slowly melt - keeping your drink ice cold and refreshing on a hot beach AND keeping your picnic beach lunch cold AND dry. 

Sides: a bag full of sliced cucumbers, two bags 100 calorie pack chips, two peaches, two 100 calorie pack cookies. Voila - lunch and snacks for two. 

Hey - even Good Cooks need a day off. 


  1. Great lunch menu! I love picnics at the beach, glad you had a nice day.

  2. I wish I could join you!!

    Sounds fabulous :)

  3. You even make sandwiches sound glamorous. It's been mighty hot here today too, we shouldn't grumble but we do!!

    Hope you've had a lovely day.

    CJ xx

  4. enjoy your day off!

    I made yesterdays recipe for dinner last night...Not any left over! They all loved it!

  5. With these sandwiches, the beach, and no kids, who could ask for more! Wish I was there, too!

  6. Sounds perfect - will make them this week for a beach outing.

  7. Oh Linda! As always, I'm drooling over your meals! :)

  8. Rain, thanks. It was a glorious day.

    Kathy B: I keep expecting you to show up! There is always room, please do!

    Crystal: the trick is to sound glamorous but in reality easy to pull off. Hot weather is only ever fun when there is no work to do!

    Tamis: I'm so glad your family liked the cream, mustard and tomato sauce, leave it to Julia Child...

    Marguerite, wish you were here too. With a woman's day off, the more the merrier!

    Nancy: Oh, I hope your company likes them. I made a bunch for TBHITW's work crew too and I'm afraid I now have a drill crew and rig to pack lunch for every day!! A favorite for sure. Enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful visit with your KidAdult and Grand Little.

  9. Oh how I miss days at the Jersey shore.I lived at McGuire Afb for 8 years. My biggest worry back then was if we were going to pack a lunch or eat on the boardwalk (Sigh)

  10. Meeko - no need to drool. I hope I make the recipes easy enough for everyone to make! Strap that apron on and get cooking!!

    ADayinTheLife - there really is nothing like it is there? As much as I complain about "Jersey"... I do love down the shore. Belmar is my favorite go to day beach - LBI is our favorite weeklong.. how about you? Any favorite beach among the many?


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