3 Easy sandwich recipes for busy school nights

Chris Perrin

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Sandwiches don't have much of a place at the American dinner table, taking their place of honor at the lunch table instead. But don't be so quick to dismiss the trusty sandwich as a great school night dinner option! Sandwiches make great dinners that can be prepared in no time and are delicious and filling. Plus, they can produce leftovers for the next day. The next day's lunch, that is. Try one of these three sandwich recipes for your next school night supper -- you'll remember why you love the sandwich so much!

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1Chicken marinara hoagies recipe

Everyone has had meatball grinders – they are yummy and a perfect way to eat leftover spaghetti sauce. For a quick change, you can swap out the meatballs for frozen chicken patties, but keep the marinara and the provolone. Serve with a small side salad or pasta and you have a filling meal.


  • 4 frozen chicken patties
  • 4 hoagie rolls
  • 2 cups marinara
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • Parmesan cheese and oregano to taste


  1. Preheat oven and cook chicken patties according to chicken package directions.
  2. About 5 minutes before the patties are done, open the hoagie rolls and bake them cut side down.
  3. When the patties are done, remove them and the bread from the oven. Set the heat to 350 F.
  4. Construct the sandwich by layering the chicken, then the marinara, then the provolone. Put the sandwiches (still open) in the oven until the cheese melts. Top with Parmesan and oregano.


2Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich recipe

This recipe can be as quick or as elaborate as you want. Feel free to use instant mashed potatoes or gravy from a jar, or make it all from scratch. If you are going the quick route, this recipe will be done in the amount of times it takes to heat the frozen chicken patties and melt some cheese.


  • 4 frozen chicken patties
  • 2 cups instant mashed potatoes (after cooking)
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 4 slices white cheddar cheese
  • Creamed or whole kernel corn, optional
  • 2 cups turkey or brown gravy


  1. Preheat oven according to chicken package directions. Cook the patties.
  2. Make the instant mashed potatoes and make sure they are completely heated through.
  3. When the frozen chicken patties are done, construct the sandwich by taking a slice of bread, layering on half a cup of mashed potatoes, then a slice of cheese. If you want, add the corn here.
  4. Then, put the sandwich in the oven until the cheese has melted.
  5. Once the cheese is melted, remove from the oven and pour warm gravy on the sandwich.

3Steak wraps recipe

These wraps are a fast and economical way to eat steak because one piece of meat can serve several people. They also fall into the healthy recipes category, but no one will notice because the flavor is so decadent.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 (8 oz) ribeye steaks
  • 2 romaine hearts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 4 tablespoons roasted garlic, optional
  • 4 tortillas


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil and let it get hot. Add the two steaks and sauté each side for 2 minutes. Put the steaks in the oven until they are done (about 6-8 minutes for medium rare.)
  3. While the steaks are cooking, toss the romaine, tomatoes and dressing.
  4. When the steak is ready, slice it very thin. Then make the wraps by taking a tortilla, with the option to cover the tortilla with 1 tablespoon of roasted garlic, then add 1/4 of the salad, and finally top with 4-5 slices of steak.

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