Friday, April 24, 2009
I wish every meal I ate out could be revolutionary and incredible. But like everyone else I'm busy. Sometimes I don't have the time to seek out the most awesome food available and I find myself falling into patterns of eating foods that are convenient. When I'm eating on the run, I want my meal to be quick, tasty, and filling. A lot of times a good breakfast sandwich makes for and excellent lunch or dinner and it's a bit easier on my wallet, too...
The benefit of a breakfast sandwich is that it tends to pack a decent protein punch without breaking the bank. And if you find the right one it doesn't have to destroy any shall we say, "healthier eating intentions."
Take the Starbucks Spinach Feta Wrap...
At 240 calories it's one of the better for you items on the menu by far. It packs 13 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber for $3.52 including tax. The wrap itself is pretty tasty. The actual wrap has a pleasant texture and flavorwise the spinachy feta goodness dominates. I'm not going to lie, the "egg insert" kind of creeps me out. The texturewise it's akin to some kind of egg flavored spongy packing material. But if just eat the wrap and don't obsess about the texture, it's actually pretty darn good and strangely compelling. The breakfast sandwiches are available all day at the 'Bux. I'm always on the hunt for a good cheap lunch in midtown and at around $3.50, the spinach feta wrap satisfies without making me feel too guilty about the money I'm spending or what I'm consuming.
Last week I tried the fried egg, bacon, gorgonzola & frisée sandwich on ciabatta roll from 'wichcraft. As a breakfast sandwich it's pretty intensely satisfying. The fried eggs were a bit overdone for me. I was hoping that the egg would have a softer yolk like their marinated white anchovy sandwich. Since wichcraft has less than 15 locations throughout the US (by my count they have 13 locations), they aren't mandated to post calorie counts so I have no idea where this weighs in though I'm willing to be it is higher in calories and fat and lower in fiber. Still, if one of the complaints about 'wichcraft is the price to serving size ratio, most sandwiches at 'wichcraft run from $5.95 for a grilled cheese to $9.75 for a chicken breast sandwich, at $6.95 this sandwich is t the lower end of the 'wichcraft price spectrum and like Starbucks breakfast is available all day long.
Do you ever eat breakfast for lunch or dinner to save cash? Where do you like to go?