05 March 2012

No Meat Zone Recipes: The Vegan 'Everything' Sandwich

If there was something my life was lacking recently, it was this: a big, juicy, sloppy, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink meal. In the recent months, I’ve become so neat and precise with my cooking skills, making sure everything is aesthetically perfect, that I forgot cooking without paying attention to detail can be SO FUN. Alas, it was time to take my gloves off and put two hands straight in the guacamole (I really did: since avocados brown rather quickly, I used the leftovers for a moisturizing face mask)!

16 oz. extra firm tofu, marinated & sautéed *See below for marinade recipe
Three pieces of bread for each sandwich
1/2 cup vegan bbq sauce & mustard (I used this combination because I had it on hand, feel free to use any sauce or dressing of your choice)
1 Cup of each:
Baby Bella Mushrooms

Tofu marinade
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. organic brown sugar
2 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. of each:
Chili Powder
1 tsp. Cumin
To Prepare
 Press the liquid out of the tofu and slice into squares or rectangles.
in a shallow ceramic dish, mix together all of the ingredients for the tofu marinade.
Place the tofu pieces into the marinade.
Let sit for 15 minutes, or until you have finished preparing the vegetables.
Sautee in a splash of extra virgin olive oil, 2-3 minutes per side, until brown and crispy.

Sandwich Assembly
Toast the bread (optional)
Spread a tablespoon of the mustard/barbecue sauce on one slice of bread
Layer as followed:
Add another slice of bread and repeat, until you have made a triple decker sandwich.

Ashley Shamus | Email
Northeast Pennsylvania Ashley has a psychology degree, and is soaking up tons of knowledge while furthering her education. She has a passion for holistic nutrition, animal rights, and green vegetables. In her free time, she loves to cook, juice, and bask in the sun. She whole heartedly applauds and appreciates all of the wonderful people who strive to make a positive difference in animals’ lives!

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