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Dad’s Power Sandwiches

Growing up we didn’t exactly beg for my Dad to get in the kitchen and cook us up a meal. There were things like Dad’s five minute microwave pizza and Dad’s microwave broccoli soup (also known as broccoli and water). Needless to say none of these were worth repeating.

But then as I hit my teenage years I noticed that he was better in the kitchen than I gave him credit for and he introduced me to the power sandwich.

I’m not really sure where the name “power sandwich” comes from, but I kind of like it. There is no exact recipe, but a list of options that one can choose from. I distinctly remember standing next to him in the kitchen pointing out this or that topping and wondering what I was getting myself into.

Low and behold, once that sandwich was finished, I finally saw my father as someone who could hold their own in the kitchen. And now we replicate Dad’s power sandwiches whenever we have the ingredients on hand. It is a great reminder of him even when we live all of the way across the country.

Dad’s Power Sandwich

Get the best whole grain bread you can find, preferably homemade. For each sandwich use two slices and top with one or more spreads and as many toppings as you can handle. I recommend “the works” as my Dad always says.


  • Mayonnaise
  • Cream Cheese
  • Mustard


  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion slices
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh Sprouts
  • salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy with a piece of fruit and cheese on the side. Especially refreshing on a hot day.

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