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5 crazy things to make in a sandwich press (that aren’t sandwiches)

By Camilla Wagstaff |


I Quit Sugar - 5 crazy things to make in a sandwich press (that aren't sandwiches)

You may have noticed we’re a tiny bit obsessed with lunch at IQS…

But as you guys rightly remind us, not everyone has access to a full working kitchen every lunchtime like we do. Fair point!

So, we put our heads together and came up with some nifty, healthy foods that can be cooked on an essential office appliance – the sandwich press.

(Psst! If you love these work-friendly lunches, check out our new I Quit Sugar: The Lunchbox Book for even more totable lunch ideas!)

1. Breakfast fry-up.

Who said you need a stove to create a delicious full English!? You’ll need a few rashers of bacon, an egg and some chopped veg (tomato, mushroom and spinach all work great).

Fry up your bacon first by popping in the sandwich press and closing the lid. When it’s getting crispy, add your veg, press and cook for an extra couple of minutes. Then crack in your egg in and cook to your liking, like you would on a fry pan.

Serve on a bed of fresh spinach with a bit of avocado for a breakfast-inspired salad that can be eaten any time of day.

2. Pancakes.

Yup, you can make pancakes in the sandwich press, too.

Tote the batter for our Pumpkin Pikelets or our Easy Peasy Zucchini Blinis to work in a sealable jar and smear a bit of butter on both sides of the hot plate before spooning her in. Press until golden and crispy.

3. Granola.

Use the sandwich press to toast up some oats, shredded coconut and your favourite nuts and seeds for a toasty DIY muesli (without the teaspoons of sugar).

Serve warm with some full-fat yoghurt and frozen blueberries (and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you’re feeling fancy.) The perfect quick brekkie or 3pm slump snack.

4. Hash browns.

All you need for this one is some grated potato (or sweet potato) and a bit of butter or olive oil for greasing. Chuck in a spoonful of grated goodness and press until cooked.

Prepare the night before and add some spices for a little extra kick (we love using paprika and cayenne!), then tote to work in a sealable jar.

5. Veggie skewers with haloumi. (Or anything with haloumi.)

Chop up your favourite skewer-able veg the night before (think capsicum, zucchini, carrot and cherry tomatoes).

At work, load up your skewers with chopped haloumi and sandwich press away, turning the skewers every couple of minutes until cooked and crispy. Serve with some fresh spinach, natural yoghurt and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Haloumi in the sandwich press solo also makes for a great quick snack if the 3pm slumpies hit. Yum!

What other crazy things have you made in a sandwich press?

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