LOW-CARB SANDWICH RECIPES WITHOUT USING BREAD

Low-Carb Sandwich Recipes Without Using Bread

Bread is one of the foods to avoid if you’re on a diet. It’s high in carbs and fat and doesn’t contain enough protein and essential nutrients the body needs. Bread also causes your blood sugar levels to spike, which can lead to cravings, overeating and weight gain. Thus, it makes sense to cut out bread if you want to lose weight. That doesn’t mean you have to completely give up sandwiches, though. Here are some low-carb sandwich recipes that allow you to enjoy your favourite foods without using bread at all.

THESE LOW-CARB SANDWICH RECIPES HAVE ZERO BREAD

1. SAUSAGE AND EGG BREAKFAST SANDWICH

If a breakfast sandwich is one of your go-to meals in the morning, try out this no-bread sausage and egg breakfast sandwich as a healthier, low-carb alternative. As one of my low-carb sandwich recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite breakfast sammie without consuming any bread. It’s substantial enough to give you the boost you need in the morning without straying from your weight loss diet.

Ingredients:

  • 113g turkey sausage
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Cover an egg ring with cooking spray. Place sausage inside the ring and gently press to form a thick patty.
  2. Lightly coat the surface of a medium non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Add sausage (contained within the egg ring) to the pan. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Place eggs in separate rings coated with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper. Gently whisk to break the yolk. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. To assemble, place sausage patty and avocado in between the two eggs. Serve.

2. BACON AND EGG SWEET POTATO PANCAKE SANDWICH

To add some variety to your weight loss meal plan, I’ve included another breakfast offering in our list of low-carb sandwich recipes. This healthier bacon and egg breakfast sandwich uses sweet potatoes instead of bread. So, apart from enjoying a delicious dish, you also get a good dose of fibre, vitamin A and other essential nutrients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices centre-cut bacon, cooked
  • 2 large eggs, raw
  • 1 egg, cooked according to your preference
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions:  

  1. Place sweet potato in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the sweet potato on high heat for 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add sweet potato, raw eggs, coconut flour, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to a blender. Pulse until the ingredients are well-combined but not overmixed.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup of the sweet potato batter and form a pancake. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. To assemble, place bacon and egg in between two sweet potato pancakes. Serve.

3. BLT WITH CAULIFLOWER BAGELS

When it comes to sandwiches, nothing beats the combination of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. As part of this list of low-carb sandwich recipes, I’m presenting you with a healthier alternative to BLTs — one that doesn’t involve bread. Instead, this BLT recipe uses cauliflower.

You can easily transform cauliflower to have a bread-like texture. Thus, this BTL with cauliflower bagels is a diet-friendly dish that can keep you full for a long time.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices organic uncured bacon
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a large baking sheet with aluminium foil.
  2. Arrange the bacon strips in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until browned and slightly crispy. Place on top of a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  3. Place cauliflower in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture has a rice-like texture.
  4. Combine cauliflower, eggs, almond flour, coconut flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with cooking spray. Scoop out portions of the cauliflower mixture at a time to form 4 buns. Make a hole in the middle of each bun.
  6. Bake cauliflower bagels for 16 to 18 minutes or until they resemble bread. Then, broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until the bagels are golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. To assemble, cut bagels in half. Spread mayonnaise on both pieces. Place lettuce, bacon, and tomato in between. Serve.

4. TURKEY CLUB LETTUCE WRAPS

A turkey club sandwich is another classic offering you might have a hard time giving up while on a diet. The good news is there’s still a way to enjoy this delicious sammie.

Included in this list of low-carb sandwich recipes without bread are turkey club lettuce wraps. They’re healthier but just as delicious and flavourful as the original version. This recipe is also very easy to prepare, so it’s an ideal choice for when you’re on the go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 leaf romaine lettuce
  • 1 slice organic deli turkey
  • 1 slice tomato, halved
  • 1 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tsp light mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Place romaine lettuce on a flat surface. Add a turkey slice and spread mayonnaise on top. Then, sprinkle bacon bits over turkey.  
  2. Roll up the lettuce like a burrito. Cut in half and serve.

5. NO-BREAD CRAB MELT

The next time you’re craving for a crab melt sandwich, try out this no-bread alternative. As another low-carb sandwich recipe, this no-bread crab melt recipe uses a Portobello mushroom as its base.

It perfectly complements the creamy and cheesy crab mixture on top. Even though this is a substantial dish, it’s diet-friendly at just 201 calories per serving. Thus, there’s no need to worry about excess calories with this no-bread crab meat recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 227g lump crab meat
  • 4 large Portobello mushrooms, rinsed and dried
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • a dash of cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • coconut oil cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cut off the stems of the Portobello mushrooms. Then, use a spoon to remove the gills. Spray mushrooms with coconut oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Put mushrooms, with the concave side down, on a rack atop a baking dish. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  4. Place crab meat, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix until the ingredients are well-combined.
  5. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese, green onions and parsley.
  6. Fill mushrooms with crab mixture. Press to create a flat surface. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  7. Transfer to a platter and serve.

6. PHILLY CHEESESTEAK LETTUCE WRAPS

You can make any sandwich healthier by substituting bread with lettuce. That’s why we have another lettuce-based dish in our list of low-carb sandwich recipes. This time around, you’re able to enjoy a classic Philly cheesesteak without consuming bread.

These Philly cheesesteak lettuce wraps feature the same flavours but without all the grease and carbs of the original version. Thus, you’ll be able to indulge in this delicious dish even on a weight loss diet.

Ingredients:

  • 454g lean sirloin steak, cut into strips
  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat provolone cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dry oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add steak. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add onions, bell peppers and oregano to the pan. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until steak is cooked through and vegetables are soft.
  3. Place lettuce on a platter. Add a spoonful of the steak and vegetable mixture into each lettuce cup. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro on top. Serve.

7. BANH MI SPRING ROLLS

Banh mi is Vietnamese for bread so it might seem weird to include a no-bread version in this list of low-carb sandwich recipes. However, if you still want the essence of a banh mi while on a low-carb diet, it’s worth trying this banh mi spring rolls recipe. Though this dish isn’t your typical no-bread sandwich, it’s a fresh and healthy dish that will keep you full and satisfied.

Ingredients:

  • 12 spring roll wrappers
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu
  • 1 medium lime, juiced
  • 1 bundle cilantro, stems removed
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables, julienned
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp tamari sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Press tofu with a paper or cloth towel to absorb excess moisture. Cut into medium-sized rectangles. Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake tofu for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and brush with tamari sauce.
  4. Combine vegetables, lime juice, water, rice vinegar, honey and salt in a large resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate to allow the vegetables to pickle. Once chilled, transfer vegetables to a medium bowl. Reserve mixture for the dipping sauce.
  5. Boil 2 to 3 cups of water. Dip the spring roll wrapper in water for 15 to 20 seconds or until soft and pliable.
  6. Add 4 pieces of tofu, a spoonful of pickled vegetables and a handful of cilantro in the middle of the spring roll wrapper. You can also add 1 to 2 tsp of chilli garlic sauce if desired. Fold the wrapper and tuck in the edges. Roll like you would a burrito. Repeat for the rest of the spring roll wrappers.
  7. Transfer to a platter. Serve with the vinegar mixture or your desired dipping sauce.

8. TUNA CUCUMBER SUBS

Tuna cucumber subs are a healthy, no-bread alternative to the traditional submarine sandwich. As a worthy addition to our low-carb sandwich recipes, this breadless concoction uses cucumber as a base. It has a fraction of the carbs you would usually consume with bread. Meanwhile, the tuna in this cucumber sub is packed with protein so it can keep you satisfied for a long period.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (140g) cans chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 2 English cucumbers, halved lengthwise
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Directions:

  1. Scoop out the seeds and some of the flesh of the cucumber halves to form a boat shape. Use a fork to poke several holes inside the cucumber.
  2. Place vinegar, mustard, 1/8 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine the ingredients. Slowly drizzle the olive oil and whisk until mixture is well-blended.
  3. Brush the insides of the cucumber with the vinaigrette.
  4. Add yoghurt, dill, celery, lemon zest, 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper to the bowl with the vinaigrette. Stir in the tuna. Mix to combine the ingredients.
  5. Place the tuna filling in two of the cucumber halves. Top with alfalfa sprouts. Use the remaining cucumbers to form your sandwich. Serve.

9. BLACK BEAN BURGER WITH GRILLED EGGPLANT BUNS

As tempting as it may be to indulge in a thick and juicy burger, you’re better off sticking to your weight loss diet. Instead, satiate your craving with one of our low-carb sandwich recipes. This black bean burger with grilled eggplant buns is a healthy no-bread recipe.

Apart from removing bread from the equation, the recipe also uses black beans and sweet potatoes instead of beef. Thus, you’re able to enjoy a delicious burger without all the excess calories.

Ingredients:

  • 57g red onion, sliced
  • 28g chives, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, boiled
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 red pepper, cut into thirds
  • 1 1/2 cup black beans,
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place sweet potato, black beans, chives, garlic powder, cumin and black pepper in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture has a smooth consistency.
  2. Transfer black bean mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the oats.
  3. Divide the mixture into 3 portions and form patties. Use 1 tbsp avocado oil to brush on all sides of the 3 black bean patties.
  4. Brush 1 1/2 tbsp avocado oil on each side of the eggplant rounds.  Meanwhile, brush 1/2 tbsp avocado oil on red pepper slices.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium-low heat. Cook the eggplant and red peppers for 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for another 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.
  6. Place black bean patties on a grill sheet. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until crispy.
  7. To assemble, put black bean patty on top of an eggplant round. Top with arugula, red onions, avocado and your preferred sauce. Sandwich the ingredients with another eggplant round on top. Serve.  

10. GRILLED TOMATO VEGGIE SLIDERS

I’ve got another burger alternative on this list of low-carb sandwich recipes. This time, it’s a simple vegan recipe for grilled tomato veggie sliders. As a no-bread sandwich, these veggie sliders use tomato slices as buns. The overall result is a juicy and flavourful dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large tomatoes, halved
  • 2 veggie burger patties
  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 avocado, halved

Directions:

  1. Heat the grill to medium-low heat. Cook the tomatoes for 3 to 5 minutes until slightly blackened.
  2. Add veggie burger patties and avocado to the grill. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. To assemble, place veggie burger, cabbage, carrots and avocado in between two tomato halves. Serve.

Though a sandwich without bread might seem incomplete, you can lose weight by switching to low-carb sandwich recipes. As such, you avoid all the carbs and fat that usually come with bread. Nevertheless, these no-bread sandwiches still feature the same delicious flavours as your favourite sandwiches.

So, if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s worth trying out these low-carb sandwich recipes. With the 10 different offerings we’ve presented, you’ll discover just how delicious these no-bread sandwiches are. Enjoy!

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