August 24, 2015

In a perfect world, we’d all look out our window around noon and see a food truck parked outside, peddling gourmet goodness. In reality, most of us look forward to a trusty (if slightly tired) sandwich from the fridge or brown bag.

So why not treat yourself to a homemade lunch that’s bursting with food-truck flair? Get artisanal with these simple yet 100% creative ideas, made with 100% natural, 100% delicious Hillshire Farm Naturals™ premium ham.

Go bananas: Don’t knock it ‘til you try it! Take an ordinary grilled ham and cheesesandwich to the next level by including a layer of sliced bananas in the center.For the same yummy flavor with a different twist, try grilling ham and Monterey Jack on slices of homemade banana bread.

Culture club: Take a journey of the taste buds by whipping up an international classic. Consider a Cuban-style ham sandwich (as seen in the food truck-centric flick Chef) or Asian-inspired ham and cheese “sushi” wraps—spread cream cheese on individual slices of ham and cheese, fill with sliced veggies like cucumber or red pepper, roll tightly, and cut into bite-sized chunks.

That’s your jam: Sweet meets savory with this Smoked Ham and Swiss sandwich recipe, featuring Hillshire Farm Naturals Black Forest Ham, tangy Dijon mustard, and fruity apricot jam.

Better than sliced bread: Instead of your usual rye or wheat loaf, try a tasty baguette, mouthwatering ciabatta, or even pre-baked pizza dough brushed with olive oil and rosemary. Or totally think outside the breadbox and enjoy your ham and cheese on a flaky croissant or pressed between two waffles (with a touch of syrup---mmmmm).

Pass it on! Whether you try one of the above creations or catch the Hillshire Farm Naturals food truck at a summer fair or festival, Hillshire Farm Naturals guarantees that you’ll love the taste of its premium lunchmeat. And every time you visit SummerLoveIt.com to share your enthusiasm, Hillshire Farms will spread the love even further by making a donation to the #HashtagLunchbag charity on your behalf. So #HamItUp—and spread the word—today!

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