Make A Kick-Ass Vegan Power Sammie


See? Real men eat vegan sammies all the time!

But seriously, what's a sandwich without meat? Well if you've never had a veggie sandwich before you're in for an awakening of the taste buds. A sandwich without meat (and dairy) has none of the fat, cholesterol, hormones and antibiotics in the typical American turkey or ham sandwich, for example. But with each bite, a veggie sammie is a literal explosion of taste, nutrition and happiness, knowing all the components are good for you (and harmed no animals).

Here's how to slap a Kick Ass Vegan Sammie together in a 2-minute video

Vegan Cooking Level: Beginner

Step 1: Toast (or not) two pieces of whole grain bread.

Step 2: Assemble as many ingredients as you have available in the fridge that are your favorite veggies to eat: Avocado, tomato, red onion, roasted red peppers, fresh pepers, sprouts, lettuces, cucumbers, hot peppers, roasted veggies, pickles...

Step 3: Now, decide on a spread and schmear it on both pieces of toast: Normally I use lots of hummus or mustard or my oil-free red pepper pesto or my oil-free basil pesto to avoid the fat and oil in regular vegan pesto or vegan mayo. This is especially important for those going vegan for health because they are overweight or struggling with high cholesterol or blood sugar or blood pressure problems.

Step 4: Always add a couple of strips of avocado for that creamy taste and mouth-feel. Cut the avocado lengthwise in half and use one-half an avocado per sammie (save the half with the pit in it in a plastic baggie or container in the fridge). Slice the avocado in thin slices while still in the skin and use a large spoon to scoop the slices out all at once onto one piece of the toast (the bottom of your sammie). Using a fork, press in slightly to mash down a bit. Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and even a splash of hot sauce if you like it spicy, to each side. Now slice any other veggies thin and build up your sammie. Add lettuces or sprouts and top with the other piece of toast.

STEP 5: BONUS: HOW TO MAKE A SAMMIE STAND TO HOLD ALL THE GOODNESS IN:

Vegan sammies are a little more unwieldy and juicy than traditional meat sandwiches because all of the different ingredients so I recommend wrapping your sandwich up before eating. Plus, it's fun.