Because no single way of eating works for everybody.
I love sandwiches.
Not being able to eat wheat, I’ve been substituting spelt bread and kamut bread for years in my sandwich-making. The disadvantage I found to this was the way the flavour of the bread interfered with the taste of the filling. And looking back, I realize that I find the flavour of any kind of bread interferes with the taste of the filling.
Not too long ago, I was in a situation where I’d need to eat sandwiches during a weekend event – and I realized I’d neglected to bring any of my own “weird” bread. I went into a grocery store, hoping there might be some kind of non-wheat bread available. Instead, I chanced to pass through the produce section, and I saw a container of pre-washed romaine lettuce leaves.
“Crispy Wraps”, the label said.
The dim bulb over my head glowed brightly. I bought them.
Once I was at the event, and it was lunch time, I picked out some cold cuts, mayo, cucumber, arugula and dill pickle slices, and wrapped them up in one of these handy leaves. I thought it would be, well, okay. And at least I’d be able to eat it. I tucked the curly end up a little, folded the sides, and began to chomp at the end that would have been closest to the root when the leaf was still attached.
I was unprepared for the magnificence of the taste.
It was like the sandwich fixings, deprived of their bread buffer, had been given leave to explode their flavours into my mouth. For the first time, I really tasted a sandwich. And man, was it good.
I felt like eating bread-encased sandwiches had deprived me of flavour all those years. And, I realized, this also gets not only fewer grains, but more vegetables, into my diet.
All this, and it tastes better, too.
Since then I’ve been experimenting with sandwich fillings. Cream cheese and cucumbers. Bacon and tomato. Even hot dogs and hamburgers. They’re wonderful this way – amazingly fresh and vivid and real, lacking the heavy, muting effect of bread.
I really recommend that you give this a try. The pre-washed leaves are convenient, but I’ve also bought a head of romaine and made my own. Either way – make yourself one of these sandwiches. You may never bother with the bread again.