Whether you’re looking for a grab-and-go lunch or a light supper, vegetarian sandwiches offer a quick-and-easy solution with endless variations and flavors.
July 15, 2011
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Healthy Vegetarian Sandwiches
The condiments and extra toppings—tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, olives—can often transform an average sandwich into something extraordinary. For a supercharged sandwich try adding a flavorful ingredient like pesto, roasted red peppers, avocado, or pear.
In our Baked Falafel Sandwiches with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce, our condiment of choice makes all the difference. It’s worth the effort to seek out thick, rich, creamy Greek yogurt. Make the sauce up to three days in advance and the falafel mixture up to one day ahead; bake the falafel patties just before you serve them.
Fresh alfalfa sprouts add a nice crunch to this sandwich. And since they contain much of the energy that plants need to grow, they’re nutritionally rich and contain a variety of vitamins and antioxidants.
To prepare the delicious and flavorful focaccia, punch the focaccia dough down after the first rise, and let it rest for 5 minutes. Roll the dough into a 13 x 9–inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer the dough to a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Brush oil over the dough. Cover and let it rise 11⁄2 hours or until puffy. Uncover the dough. Make indentations in the top of the dough using the handle of a wooden spoon or your fingertips. Top with additional herbs, cheese, or seasonings, and bake.
Use a wire grill basket to cook the onion and bell pepper slices so they don’t fall into the grill. If there’s enough room on the grill, you can heat the tortillas while the onion mixture and tempeh cook. Wrap the tortillas in heavy-duty foil, and grill them for 5 minutes or until they’re thoroughly heated.