5 Sandwiches Transformed into Low Carb Bowls

In a world filled with the latest low carb craze (keto anyone?) it seems everyone is looking for ways to continue to enjoy their favorite foods in a healthier version.

I don’t know about you but one of my all-time favorite comfort foods are sandwiches. There are so many options! This then begs the question-how can I enjoy my favorite sandwich without all those dang carbs? The easiest option is to take the ingredients and toss it into a bowl! Subway and Jersey Mike’s already jumped on the bandwagon of low carb bowls based on sandwiches, and you can too!

The easiest way to turn a sandwich into a bowl is to deconstruct it. Take out the bread; add lots of lettuce or spinach and your favorite low carb toppings.

Here are a few of my favorite sandwiches deconstructed into a bowl that is still delicious, filling and cuts the carbs. These will fill you up so you aren’t reaching for the chocolate later, and the best part is you won’t feel like you’re just eating a salad!

1. BLT Bowl:

One of the most classic sandwich combinations, crispy bacon and lettuce with juicy tomatoes and a creamy sriracha dressing.

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • Bacon-2 or 3 slices cooked as crisp as you like and chopped (because let’s be honest bacon makes the world better!)
  • ½ tomato diced (or if you like bigger bites, go for wedges)
  • Lettuce (I prefer a good spring mix or crispy romaine)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Mayonnaise (1 tbsp.)
  • Sriracha (I’m wimpy but a little Sriracha adds great flavor and only a little heat)
  • chopped chives

Directions

  1. In a serving bowl, toss together your lettuce of choice, the chopped bacon, and tomato. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate bowl mix 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise with a dash or two of Sriracha. Add this to your bowl as a dressing.
  3. Top with the chopped chives

*TIP: You can also add additional toppings like spouts, cucumber; avocado…the list goes on.

2. Cuban Bowl:

Serves: 4

I know, I know… one of the best parts of the Cuban is that crisp pressed panini-style bread. I promise you will not miss it!
For the crunch, try subbing parmesan crisps instead!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pork loin fat trimmed and cut into bite size cubes
  • ¼ lb. deli ham cut into cubes
  • Spring mix lettuce
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 cup diced dill pickles
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed or finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • Zest of 2 limes plus the juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Directions

  1. Take your cut up pork loin and add it to a gallon-sized Ziploc baggie.
  2. Add the lime zest and juice from 1 lime, salt and pepper, 1 tsp oregano and 2 crushed cloves of garlic.
  3. Let marinate for 2-3 hours in the fridge.
  4. Heat a pan and add olive oil.
  5. Add half the pork and cook until done.
  6. Remove from pan and cook the remaining pork. (It should be firm to the touch with no pink but have a nice crisp on the outside.)
  7. In a small bowl whisk together the zest and juice from the second lime, the remaining garlic and oregano, the mustard, and some olive oil to create a dressing.
  8. Layer the spring mix with the cooked pork, ¼ of the ham and Swiss cheese, as well as ¼ cup of dill pickles.
  9. Drizzle with the dressing and enjoy!

3. Meatball Sub Bowl:

This bowl is so easy to create and package away for a quick grab and go. If meal prepping store the meatballs in the sauce in a separate container so it can be heated before adding to the bowl.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg frozen meatballs (cook following package directions)
  • 2 oz. cooked quinoa per serving
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce (your favorite homemade or jaris fine)
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In a serving bowl layer spinach or other favorite leafy green along with the quinoa and warmed meatballs and sauce.
  2. Top with the shredded cheeses. (Told you it was simple!)

*Note: The combination of the greens and quinoa add fiber to keep you fuller longer.

4. Chicken Salad Bowl:

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 can chicken drained (I prefer all white meat, or you can use left over rotisserie chicken shredded)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 stalk finely chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. mustar

Directions

*TIP: This is surprisingly filling and delicious. Even better, you can substitute albacore tuna or canned salmon for the chicken and it is just as good.

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients until desired consistency. (You may choose to add more mayonnaise or mustard. Keep in mind if you are worried about calories there are many low fat/low calorie options for mayonnaise. A favorite of mine is made with Olive Oil.)
  2. In a serving bowl, layer your lettuce or leafy green of choice.
  3. Add a scoop of chicken salad.
  4. Top with cucumbers and bell peppers if desired.

5. Shrimp Taco Bowl:

Serves: 4

This may not technically be a sandwich, but it’s still traditionally a handheld meal wrapped in a carb fill vessel. Plus it makes for a delicious bowl!

Ingredients

  • 1 small package frozen peeled and deveined shrimp thawed and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • Shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix
  • Diced fresh cilantro (1 tsp per serving)
  • Pico de Gallo (You can make it fresh or use a premade salsa)

Directions

  1. Coat your thawed and rinsed shrimp in a bowl with the flour and Cajun seasoning.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat cook the shrimp with olive oil until pink. The flour will give them a nice crisp coating. If gluten is a worry you can skip the flour.
  3. In a serving bowl toss the shredded cabbage with the cilantro. Top with the shrimp and Pico de Gallo. Add some lime wedges to squeeze on top and a dressing won’t even be needed.

Create Your Own Combination

The key to a great and easy sandwich bowl is taking your favorite deli meat, some lettuce or cabbage, add in some great veggies (cucumber, peppers, avocado, tomato), make a simple dressing with olive oil, some spices and toss in some mustard and mayonnaise. Below is a list of ideas of things you can choose from to make your own sandwich bowl. The possibilities are endless!

  • Lettuce (romaine, spring mix, spinach etc.)
  • Cabbage
  • Rice (brown)
  • Quinoa
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Nuts for crunch (Use this guideto help choose the best for low carb)
  • Other non-starchy veggies (cucumbers, peppers, carrots etc.)
  • Dried fruits (craisins are amazing in bowls)

When it comes to dressings, you have to be careful of the sugar content. Ranch, Blue-Cheese, and mayonaisse based dressings are best!

What are some other ideas you can think of for bowls?

Comment below and share your ideas! You should also check out my recipe for Egg Roll in a Bowl! (Yes, I love bowls!)

This post was written by a guest author, Janna Florie.
Janna Florie is a single mom of 4 boys. She loves crafting and all sorts of DIY projects. She is also an ambassador for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day. She is a strong believer in building women up.

Flapjacks in Venice

After spending the morning visiting thrift stores for a treasure hunting “morning date”, Jason and I both were hungry and started hunting for breakfast options on Venice Ave.

After a recent social media contest looking for opinions on whether the delicious breakfast meat sandwich combination is called Taylor Ham or Pork Roll, I won a free sandwich to try it out for myself!

#TeamTaylorHam all the way and they are doing it right. Cooked just the way I like it and served on a Kaiser roll, it was comfort food treat. Jason went for his usual biscuits and gravy and his remark was that it was surprisingly good for a yankee. 

We were able to chat with the owner and discovered he’s from the same town as my mother in New Jersey. Like my father used to say, “It’s a small world, but I sure wouldn’t want to paint it.”

As we sat inside, (this was one of the very cold mornings) a couple who appeared to be homeless sat outside and enjoyed a cup of coffee. It was heartwarming to observe two other tables offer to pay for a hot meal for them. Venice, you never cease to amaze me.

Shark Bites Deli in Venice

Shark Bites Deli is brand new to Venice and they are off to an awesome start! Every part of the shop has a shark theme and it’s fabulous. The owners are new to Venice, moving here from Washington state and started to build a new life for their young family. That drive is what brought them to opening this deli. Extremely family friendly with play areas and plans to have family events and activities for kids, I think this is exactly what Venice needs! 

But I know what you really want to know… How’s the food? All of their meats and cheeses come from Boar’s Head. I’m a huge fan of Boar’s Head products and anyone who has tasted them can understand why. Pair that with fresh bread baked from a local vendor in Sarasota and it’s a match made in Sandwich heaven.

I ordered The Megalodon, which has pastrami, corned beef, salami and pepperoni with lettuce, pepperocinis, tomato and provolone cheese. I added mayo and horseradish sauce for a delicious bite. There was so much packed on to that sandwich, it was *almost* too big to bite! I went for the regular size and it was fantastic.

Jason went for the Mako Shark which is their take on an Italian style sub. Salami, capicola, ham, provolone and mozzarella (he skipped the veggies because… well, he’s Jason.) He went for the large sandwich and completely devoured it.

As for Elena, she got a great kids meal of The Shark Tooth which is their homemade meatballs with marinara sauce and provolone cheese. Her meal came with a GoGo Squeeze applesauce, a shark head lollipop, a little shark toy and a shark temporary tattoo! Check out the video on the Venice Foodies – Businesses and Promotions page to see her whole reaction. She declared it “The Best Sandwich ever!” (and yes, I know at almost 7, everything is the best ever, but in this instance, I have to say these sandwiches are pretty awesome.)

They sent us off with key lime pie to take home with us, which had just the right flavor and a buttery graham cracker crust. The perfect sweet treat to take to the movies with us that night.

We can’t wait to go back. Let me know what you get when you go!! Shark Bites is located on East Venice Ave, closer to the roundabout in the same plaza as Word of Mouth and Allegro Bistro.

Le Petit Jardin Cafe in Venice

Friday morning, we had a busy day of errands to run that took us out to East Venice Ave and finally got over to Le Petit Jardin Cafe. It’s a cozy cafe tucked into the Galleria on East Venice Avenue. If you blink, you’ll miss it, so keep your eyes peeled! Indoor and outdoor seating available, with fast and friendly service. (They are even doing Breakfast with Santa next Saturday morning!)

Coffee for me, but Jason couldn’t resist grabbing a peach bellini, which he said was sweet, refreshing and delicious!

For breakfast, I had the Le Crepe Delacroix… ham, eggs and melted swiss cheese inside a perfectly made crepe drizzled in a champagne mustard sauce that quite honestly was the most delicious part of the whole plate.

On their special for the day was a delicious plate of biscuits and sausage gravy, which Jason jumped for, ordering it as a platter with eggs and sausage.

The best part is that the prices are low and feel like you are indulging in richness. Absolutely give them a try!

Cormicks in Venice

After a busy morning with my daughter at the pediatrician’s office, we need a quick breakfast on Venice Island before I drove her back to school.

*Side Note: If you are looking for a pediatrician in Venice, I highly recommend Sunshine Pediatrics on the island across from Venice Elementary School. The office is extremely friendly and Dr. Khan is wonderful!

Elena was really hungry by the time we left the doctor’s office and asked for a bagel. I remembered hearing about Cormicks and knew that it was close by and we drove right over. One key point to remember is that it is cash only, you will want to stop at an ATM before heading over!

As a Jersey native, my idea of bagels are much different than the ones being served at Cormicks. Instead of a harder exterior with a light fluffy inside, these bagels are more reminiscent of a croissant. Buttery, flakey and light, Elena loved it! With crazy low prices, it’s definitely a spot to check out.

Cormicks is located in the little shopping center at the corner of Tampa Ave and 41 (the building with the beautiful mural painting)

Cafe Longet in Venice

Nestled in at the end of the Miami Avenue shops, sits Cafe Longet. A delightful French restaurant in Venice.

Upon walking in, the restaurant was bright and welcoming. We were seated and given menus which had a number of delicious descriptions of dishes. We decided to start with the naughty french fries and for entrees, I went with the CAB (chicken, apple and brie on a baguette, my husband and sister went for the Marseille Crepe and our friend went for the BCB (Angus burger with swiss and bacon).

The fries were unlike any I have had in the area. They are cut like thin steak fries so that they are crazy crispy and served with melted raclette cheese and thinly sliced prosciutto.

The CAB was a deliciously seasoned grilled chicken breast with thinly sliced apples, bites of brie and sweet honey mustard with lettuce and tomato on the best baguette I’ve had in the area. The bread is all made in-house. For those that understand the difference between northern bread and bread here, the crust was spot on and the interior was light and fluffy. I chose the house salad on the side; mixed greens with their house dressing and a delicious seed mixture.

The Marseille Crepe is a buckwheat crepe stuffed with a scrumptious creamed leek and topped with perfectly pan-seared scallops. I almost regretted not ordering it myself.

Our friend ate in silence, just in awe of his burger. He said that it was cooked well with caramelized onions and a secret sauce.

I don’t know why we waited so long to try this place. It may have been our first visit, but it will not be our last. Add this to our hometown favorites!

Instant Pot Egg Roll In A Bowl

First of all, let me just say that if you haven’t purchased an instant pot, you are seriously missing out on the most amazing appliance to ever grace your kitchen. You can purchase one on Amazon.

I use the Lux60V3 6 qt version and I love it.

But enough about my amazing instant pot. You want to hear about my ultimate 10 minute dinner, the best comfort food, Egg Roll In A Bowl. I originally discovered the recipe on Whole New Mom’s Blog.
I did borrow her photo for this post, so all photos do belong to her. However, I have modified the recipe to make it something simple, with less ingredients and less fuss. 

​RECIPE – Egg Roll In A Bowl

Start by choosing your protein, this bowl works great with any kind of ground beef, pork, turkey or even chicken.

Turn the instant pot on to saute and brown the meat of your choice. Once it has completed cooked through, add 1/2 cup of your favorite stock. Personally, I enjoy using unsalted beef broth.


On top, pour in a single bag of shredded coleslaw mix. It’s a mix of cabbage and shredded carrots that I usually pick up at Publix.

DO NOT MIX OR STIR

Add the lid and turn your instantpot on to manual pressure with a 0-1 minute time limit, depending on how tender you want the cabbage. 

Once the timer goes off, quick release the pressure and take off the lid. Stir everything together and then add soy sauce to taste.

I think my favorite part about this meal is that it’s great for meal prepping. I can portion this out into containers for lunches throughout the week. 

Play around with the recipe, choose different meats, add in sauteed broccoli, change up your bowls!

But I can tell you that it will be delicious!

Côté France in Venice

We had a fabulous lunch today at Côté France, French Bistro, Venice, FL. If you are looking for a French restaurant on Venice Island, this is one to try.

It took us forever to find parking, but it was absolutely worth it. I ordered the lobster bisque, Jason ordered the escargot and we split the croque monsieur.

The lobster bisque was creamy and delicious, with real lobster shredded through the entire bowl. I would have liked larger bites of lobster, but the flavor is definitely top notch.

My husband raved about the escargot, I wasn’t brave enough to try it to be honest. He says they were cooked perfectly and just melted in his mouth. It was served with a few slices of a fresh French baguette that has a nice crust on the outside, which is rare to find in Florida.

The croque monsieur was delicious. Perfectly cooked bechamel sauce and gooey melted cheese made this a fantastic sandwich. It was served with a small salad of mixed green dressed lightly in a tasty balsamic vinegarette.

Another fantastic place to try here in Venice!