Turkey, Roast Beef, Peppers, Goat Cheese, and Sprouts on Ciabatta

I love a good sandwich. And I have this thing where I feel like putting sprouts on a sandwich makes it fancy and more delicious. (I don’t know, I’m weird.)

Homemade sandwiches can often seem boring and taste bland. It is way more fun to go to your favorite deli and have someone else make a delectable and artistic-looking sandwich with all sort of creative spreads and toppings.

I have a very simple solution to this problem: sprouts and goat cheese.

Boom! Instant deliciousness.

Adding sprouts to your sandwich can make it look fancy and artistic like the ones at the deli. And goat cheese is a sure-fire way to add a zing of flavor without overpowering the rest of the gang.

If you do not like either of these, do not worry. Just think about your favorite sandwich – the one that makes you salivate every time you consider what to eat for lunch. What does the sandwich contain? Write those ingredients down on your grocery list and be sure to pick them up on your next trip. Try to replicate your favorite sandwich at home.

Now, this may prove disastrous on the first attempt; but have patience with yourself and be realistic about your preparation capabilities and interests. For instance, if you want to make a reuben, but you are not willing to grill the sandwich or buy rye bread just for one purpose (because you will never eat it in any other context), then maybe opt for a cold corned beef sandwich with mustard and coleslaw on wheat. (Wow, I need to write that down…)

Sandwiching is pretty simple: just figure out what you like, buy the needed ingredients, and put a bunch of yummy stuff between yummy bread. Play with combinations of meats, veggies, and condiments, and get creative to make sandwiching more fun.

As you get the hang of it, you can heat up some sandwiches on the stove or in the oven and serve them for dinner. Experiment with different cheeses, breads, and spreads. Fig spreads and other fruit-based spreads are my favorite to sweeten and moisten a sandwich. Ciabatta is my go-to because it is hearty and versatile. Sourdough can add an interesting element to change things up a bit.

Another thing you can do is convert your favorite meal into a sandwich. Like pizza? Make a pizza sandwich with pepperoni, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, and marinara. Like veggie-heavy salads? Prep your salad and plop the ingredients between bread. Spread the dressing lightly (or generously) to the inside of each slice. Like chicken parmesan? pecan-crusted tilapia? veggies and bean dip? sweet-and-sour pork? You get where I am going with this.

Sandwiching is not only fun and delicious, but it can save you time, add variety to your meals, and break up the mundane. Try it yourself!

Turkey, Roast Beef, Peppers, Goat Cheese, and Sprouts on Ciabatta

Servings: 1-2

Prep time: 5 minutes (given that everything is already prepped)


1-2 slices peppered turkey breast
1-2 slices peppered roast beef
1/2 medium red bell pepper, sliced
1 oz goat cheese (just eyeball it)
1 tsp dijon mustard (again, just eyeball it)
1 ciabatta roll
sprouts for garnish


Slice the ciabatta, and spread goat cheese on the inside of one slice and mustard on the inside of the other slice. Build your meat layers, then the veggie layer, and top with some sprouts. Enjoy!


    • Rachael says:

      Hi Linda (Mom)! You can definitely substitute any meat in for the roast beef. Maybe more turkey or some ham. I did not do a unit cost analysis on the sandwich, but I guarantee that it was less than than $5 to make.

    • Rachael says:

      Hi Chris Mom! Oh, Germany has some fantastic bread! What I love the most about bread (and all other food) from Germany is that it is “real food” and does not contain preservatives, artificial ingredients, etc. They really have that food system figured out over there!

    • Rachael says:

      It sure does, Daddy B! You can use it for burgers, sandwiches, or just dip it in some olive oil for a delicious snack!

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