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8 Meat-Free Sandwich Ideas

8 Meat-Free Sandwich Ideas

By Marygrace Stergakos, Eat. Drink. Better.

During my first year of being vegan, I didnít really know what to eat. The fact that I was a teenager who had never learned to prepare anything more complicated than a bowl of cereal probably didnít help much, but suffice it to say that twelve months involved a steep culinary learning curve. I ate a lot of Amyís frozen burritos, apples, and salads that consisted of spinach, black beans, and lemon juice. Unappetizing indeed! Sometimes I think itís a wonder that I managed to stay healthy during this period, or even that I stuck out being vegan at all.

I also noticed during that year that I never bought any bread. Whatís the use of bread when you donít eat meat to put in between it? Thankfully, I rediscovered the sandwich in all of its vegan glory. Sometimes, complicated food (you know, the kind that requires a knife and fork) just doesnít work. There are days when I need something thatís easy to make, easy to eat, and will keep me energized.

In addition to making you feel super healthy, these sandwiches will make you feel super happy: Theyíre cheaper than deli meats and cheeses, and have a much lower carbon footprint! All sandwiches use good-for-you whole grain bread.

  1. Equal parts miso and tahini, cucumber rounds, avocado slices, and clover sprouts.
  2. Crunchy peanut butter with raisins and shredded carrot.
  3. Baked tofu, pesto, and romaine lettuce.
  4. Asian-style salad sandwich: Shredded red and green cabbage tossed with peanut dressing. Add baked, sliced tofu for extra staying power.
  5. Sliced apple and almond butter with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  6. Spread refried beans on bread, add shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, and guacamole.
  7. Veggie delight: Spread a thick layer of hummus on bread, top with any raw vegetables you have on hand (I like baby spinach, shredded carrots, and sundried tomato).
  8. Marinated and grilled portobello mushroom with sauteed red onion, crisp lettuce and tomato.

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8:17PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

My favorite sandwich that I make at home is the Artichoke / Caper / Olive sandwich. I use the canned artichoke heart drained and de-choked, sliced, add capers, spinach leaves, Greek or black olives, and Veganaise Grape seed spread and ground mustard, or pesto. Tomatoes optional.

3:26PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:21PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013


11:29AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

I enjoy meats, but do try to eat at least 1/4 of my meals each week without it. Not only is meat-free very healthy, it ensures that I get plenty of fruits and veggies.

8:07AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

No peanut butter. I'd swell up and die. :-(

9:49PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013


8:57PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Eating vegetarian to lower your carbon footprint is an easy way to help the environment and improve your health. Even eliminating meat for certain meals or select days of the week makes a difference for both factors.

3:57AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

that grilled mushroom,sauteed red onion, tomato and lettuce will work for me.....YUMMY !!!

6:38AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:07AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013


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