With people taking to cooking at home instead of ordering in amid the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of new food trends have emerged in the past few months, from pizza cereals, froggy bread to island cake.
Among these trends is a kind of sandwich that recently went viral on social media, except it does not need bread. Food enthusiasts recently came up with what they claim to be a healthy version of the dish called bell pepper sandwich in which sliced bell pepper substitutes bread. Take a look:
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GUYS are these not the coolest things ever?? Bell pepper sandwiches! 🥪🤩super simple and substitute ingredients as you like. • • Made them with that formula 👉🏼 (1.5 servings is shown in the pic!) 🥗 2 cups veggies (2 peppers + slice of tomato for extra kicks) 🧀 100-200 calories of fats (2 slices cheese) 🍗 4-5oz protein (4oz deli turkey slices) • By @collegenutritionist #1starchPerDay #BestBodyBabes #schooldays #weightlosshelp #weightlossresults #weightlossplan #weightlosscoach #healthyswap #healthyeating #healthyfoodideas #eatfoodfeelgood #eatthisnotthat #gogreek #panhellenic #collegefood #collegecooking #collegefoodie #bellpeppersandwich #peppersandwich #coolfood #foodswaps #foodhacks #healthyfoodhacks
How to make bell pepper sandwich
In this sandwich, you can use two slices of bell pepper or make an open sandwich with a single slice. The filling can contain meat, cheese, and vegetables of your choice.
Bell pepper sandwich is being deemed healthy as it is Keto-friendly — it omits carbohydrates present in the bread and replaces it with a vegetable. Some nutritionists have also pointed out how the sandwich is an easy way to cut down on calories. Some other experts, however, pointed out that the dish is nothing but a small salad. Fitness blogger Lucy Mountain, for instance, shared a picture on Instagram and captioned it, “There isn’t anything inherently wrong with pepper, tomato, cheese and chicken. But combining them and calling them a bl**dy sandwich implies bread needs a substitute because it’s ‘bad’. And it is really really really not.”
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That thing of the left? You might recognise it from your explore feed – it’s certainly been all over mine. And I’ll admit it – it’s cute. My heart is not made entirely of stone. ⠀ ⠀⠀ But when it comes to food, particularly creations which are quite CLEARLY rooted in diet culture, I’m a huge fan of calling it what it bloody is. ⠀ ⠀⠀ And that, my friend, is not a fucking sandwich. ⠀ ⠀⠀ It’s a very tiny salad. ⠀ ⠀⠀ Without dressing, at that. The audacity. ⠀ ⠀⠀ ‘But these names are just for fun !’ ⠀ ⠀⠀ Okay cool. Maybe they are. But the problem often isn’t the actual foods themselves – but the implications of these ‘substitutes’. ⠀ ⠀⠀ For example; ⠀ ⠀⠀ There isn’t anything inherently wrong with cauliflower. It’s great. But ‘cauliflower rice’ implies rice needs a substitute because it’s ‘bad’. (It’s not.) ⠀ ⠀⠀ There isn’t anything inherently wrong with courgette. It’s also great. But ‘courghetti’ implies spaghetti needs a substitute because it’s ‘bad’. (It’s also not.) ⠀ ⠀⠀ There isn’t anything inherently wrong with pepper, tomato, cheese and chicken. But combining them and calling them a bloody sandwich implies bread needs a substitute because its ‘bad’. ⠀ ⠀⠀ And it’s really, really, really not. So yeah. It’s fine to enjoy trends or cute recipes. But if I see diet culture trying to kid you into thinking a fucking green pepper is the same as bread I'll lose my tiny mind thank u xo
A while ago, popular chef Gordon Ramsay also criticised the concept in a TikTok video. “No, that is not a low-carb sandwich…that is an idiot sandwich, right there,” he said, as quoted by businessinsider.in.
Would you like to try this sandwich?