So you've decided to cut or reduce meat. Congratulations! But . . . now you're craving a sandwich and not sure what to substitute for the star ingredient. Salads and soups are easy enough to
Most supermarkets carry vegan deli slices, but they aren't always so tasty and they're almost never healthy. So what's an herbivore to do? Check out these vegan sandwich options.
1) Hummus & Veggies
If you're in the mood for a classic vegan sandwich, simply spread your favorite hummus over a hearty wheat bread and pile on the veggies. Cucumbers are a must: they add a nice crunch and can be sliced thin to sub for the deli slices. Strips of bell pepper, avocado, and tomato slices are more great options. Top with a few pieces of romaine or broccoli sprouts, and you're in business! Or get creative. I love a veggie sandwich with kalamata olives for that deep, salty kick. Or add spicy pickled cabbage for a little zing. Crumbled vegan feta adds a nice touch of creaminess. Customize to fit your tastebuds!
2) Tempeh B.L.A.T.
What about bacon tho? If you've been vegetarian or vegan for more than a minute, someone's probably asked you this exact question. And while new vegan bacon products are coming on the market every day, if you're looking for a no-fail and super simple way to make vegan bacon at home, I have your answer.
Enter Tempeh, aka fermented soybeans that have been formed in blocks. The fact that the soybeans are whole gives Tempeh a unique mouthfeel; there's an almost meaty element. Just slice it thin, marinade in a mixture of soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke, and sauté until crispy. Then pile it on sliced sourdough and top with lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Add a smear of vegan mayo or yogurt for creaminess, and you're in business. (For the full r
3) Jam & Nutbutter
When I was visiting my parents last summer, my dad admitted that his favorite meal of all time was the humble PB&J. And guess what--it's already vegan! You don't have to do a thing to it. I actually don't like peanut butter (GASP!), but I love almond butter (weird, right?). So for a slightly elevated, homemade version of this childhood favorite, I like to start with a seedy, wholewheat bread, smear on my Homemade Almond Butter, sprinkle with
4) Vegan "Meat"ball Sub
Soft Italian bread, sweet marinara, stretchy cheese, and flavorful meat--oh, right, no meat or cheese here. Thankfully, you can make vegan meatballs with lentils or chickpeas. Check out my recipe for Vegan Sicilian-Style Meatballs. Then layer on a sub with marinara, vegan cheese, and strips of basil. Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom!
5) BBQ Jackfruit
Jackfruit is the latest golden child
The beauty of jackfruit is the stringy, meaty texture that's almost indistinguishable from shredded chicken or pulled pork. Young jackfruit has a neutral flavor that's easily masked by BBQ sauce or other seasonings. To prepare, just follow this recipe. Pile on a bun along with pickled cabbage or
6) Chickpea Salad Sandwich
If you love a chicken salad sandwich, then you're going to love a chickpea salad sandwich even more. Why? Because it's cheaper, healthier, and