It took me a long time to get creative about making sandwiches to fit my new vegan lifestyle but now I’ve finally figured it out. Once I stopped thinking that sandwiches equal meat, my sandwich game stepped up considerably.
Here’s the secret: put whatever you want on the dang sandwich!
I know, it’s crazy but trust me, nothing tastes better than the crazy stuff your mind comes up with when a sandwich craving strikes.
There aren’t many rules but generally there should be some type of bread, roll, sub, wrap, slices or whatever else floats your boat, and something that goes inside of it, preferably a lot of somethings. Sauces and condiments are optional, of course.
Behold, my deli style tofu sandwich! Just kidding, but it was delicious. I used some carrot greens and basil to whip up a rustic pesto, mixed a bunch of Indian spices on the crumbled tofu and added some tomatoes and cucumbers. It was DELICIOUS!
One of the ways I started to come around on having sandwiches again was to take my favorites and replace the meat. Duh, right? I know, but one day I got a craving for my favorite sandwich from Portillo’s, in Chicago. Dipped Italian beef. As a teenager it was my favorite and I used giant crimini mushrooms to replace the beef and it was delicious.
So, I decided to try completely replacing the bbq beef/pork sandwich with mixed vegetables, of course!
Yeah, I totally popped in a photo of my first attempt at big batch vegetable pickling. They were WAY too vinegary but there are some cucumbers working away in the kitchen as I type.
Or if you feel like feeling healthy when you eat a sandwich, add a wrap.
This spicy tofu, potato & onion wrap (those flecks are chia seeds) was delicious and the jalapenos are totally optional.
My point is, do what you want when it comes to sandwiches. There are no rules for it, trust me I’ve checked.
If you’re not quite that brave yet, take someone else’s idea and make it your own.
Check out my Smoky Tofu Scramble
Or if you want something lighter…my Vegan Lobster Roll
More vegan sandwiches
Or this muffuletta if you’re feeling brave!