Monday, July 12, 2010

Now that's a dang sandwich! Vegan Super Club


So, I am on the constant search for the perfect vegan or vegetarian sandwich that is delicious and not a sadwich (just cucumbers and sprouts). This sucker here is one of my go-to's for a deli style sammie. Seriously, how can you go wrong with avocado and ripe roma tomatoes that are so perfectly tender that they are downright sweet?

One of the cornerstones of this stack of goodness, is tempeh bacon. If you don't know what it is, it is a strip of smoky flavored soy protein that can be found either at a health food store or occasionally on the vegetarian meat shelf in the produce section. I need to try making it from scratch so that you readers who can't find it can make it for yourselves.

*side note* a great thing about this sandwich is that you can pre-fry up the tofu and slice the tomatoes so that it assembles quickly for a last minute lunch.

Let's get down to making this!



1 half of a ripe California avocado
1 ripe tomato, sliced
2 slices of sprouted wheat toast or your preferred wheat bread
2 slices of tofu cut into 1/4" slices
a bit of dark red romaine lettuce
a smidge of vegenaise or mayo if you prefer
2 slices of tempeh bacon

In a small frying pan with a few tablespoons of oil fry up the slices of tofu until they are light golden brown.

*Quick Tip (learned from my roommate)-- When frying tofu she drains the tofu fully and places it on a dish towel. She then wraps the tofu fully in the towel and presses to remove the water. If the tofu is firm enough I give it a good squeeze in the towel. You can feel the towel get wet from all that excess water. The tofu fries up better when it's a bit dryer.*

Ok. back to the sandwich artistry. Heat up the strips of tempeh bacon in a small frying pan until they start to brown and smell nutty.


Toast the sprouted wheat slices. This helps with super nutty slightly dry breads, take it from a kid who was forced to eat bread that you sand a table with. Spread a bit of mayo on your toasted bread and lay down a bed of lettuce, then the tofu and finally the warm 'bacon.' On the other half: slices of tomato and avocado.



Smush together. (Smush- a technical term)

There you have it. A filling and flavorful vegetarian sandwich that is packed with protein, vitamin C, anti-oxidants and fiber.



Lauren Harrell said...

These are getting quite pornographic

Tv Food and Drink said...

Looks amazing as always. Can't go wrong with a nice slice of avo! - Gary

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