Thursday, May 22, 2008

Some Simple Sammiches

In my opinion, sandwiches are perfect for every meal; they're satisfying, healthful (usually- depends on my mood), and quick, not to mention that the possibilities are endless. Here are two of my new favorite sandwiches at the moment:

I'll admit it- I loved BLT's when I was younger. After become a vegetarian several years ago, I craved bacon for awhile, but that quickly went away. Now, as a vegan, I don't even crave bacon. However, the Tempeh Bacon from VWAV has become a staple in my house, and this got me thinking, "Hm.....I wonder what this would taste like on a sandwich... OH MY GOODNESS- TLT'S!!" So A Tempeh Lettuce and Tomato sandwich is exactly what I made last weekend after getting some Veganaise (this stuff works wonders, really- and I don't even like mayonnaise!) from the store. I stepped it up a bit by adding some fresh, buttery avocado, making this sandwich a TLTA. Geez, so many acronyms! Anyways, whatever you call it, this sandwich is good. I think this Tempeh Bacon is wonderful just eaten straight up, but it really shines on sandwiches with lots of crisp lettuce and firm, ripe tomato slices.

I don't know why it took me so long to get the idea to make falafels for my family for dinner since I love them, my dad loves them, and my mom loves them (my brother is far too picky to try these and my sister pretends to be all "I hate vegan/health food"...ugh). Oh wait- I remember now.... I was too lazy since I didn't have a food processor, but I have one now!! I used the recipe from VWAV and just sort of improvised the tahini sauce by mixing random amounts of tahini, warm water, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. The only thing I would do differently with these falafels is making them round instead of flat and deep frying them. My dad says that he would really like the classic round shape and more crispiness. Other than that, these were wonderful! We all scarfed down our sandwiches and my mom wants this to be a regular meal in our house since it's a nice, light summer meal (which she loves after a day of work). I'm not complaining- I am a falafel-lover!

8 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

I agree - sandwiches ARE perfect for any meal - yum!

I ALWAYS make baked falafel once a week (haha, I'm addicted) - so glad that your family enjoyed your falafel!!

Hannah said...

Mmm, I love falafels! What I like to do with leftovers is crumble them into a salad... Although honestly, there are rarely leftovers.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Your sister must have a twin - and that would be my sister! She's also picky and claims to hate all vegan and healthy food. She does love when I make her vegan cookies and ice cream, though.

I do not eat enough sandwiches! You really put me in a sandwich mood; yours look thick and delicious and full of goodies! I like the TLTA acronym. I'm going to have to give that tempeh bacon recipe a chance now!

Cherry said...

I love sandwiches! Yours look so fresh and delicious. I've only made falafel once, and it didn't turn out well.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Now you've got me craving a TLT! I never liked mayo as a non-vegan... but for some reason, I love veganaise too!

Jennifer said...

Sandwiches rock! They are perfect for the summer when you want something quick, but don't want to turn on the oven or heat the place up at all.

I have to say, I'm drooling over your falafel, I love falafel!

Rural Vegan said...

I never, ever liked regular bacon - but the fake stuff? I could eat the fake stuff on a BLT every day, it's awesome with a bit of Vegenaise!

Erin said...

I LOVE a good TLT. As a kid I didn't want the lettuce, tomato, mayo or avo. Just the bacon. But now I like to load them up just like you. And the falafel, oh boy. I think the can of chickpeas in my pantry would like to be made into falafel. Lovely sandwiches!