When Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!: Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone’s Favorite Anytime Meal by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes went on a “blog tour” after its release last fall, I read one fabulous review after another. Always a fan of anything wrapped or sandwiched between fluffy slices of bread, I placed the book on hold at my local library and eagerly waited. And waited. (That’s the downside to trying books from the library first — on the flipside, I’m thrilled there is so much demand in my community for vegan books!)
When my number was finally called, I rushed to the library to pick it up. After a quick flip through it in the parking lot, I was smitten. Shh-chocolate spread paninis. Tofu pomegranate pockets. Plum-tillas with vanilla dipping sauce. Pav bhaji. Onion ring ranchocados. Navajo tacos. Watermelon miso wraps. North end grinders. Peanut butter brownie sandwiches.
Is your mouth watering yet?
As you can tell, this isn’t your average sandwich book. Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day is loaded with stunning photographs and fun and intriguing recipes that elevate the humble sandwich to show-stopper status. It has you covered from breakfast to dessert, from the light to the hearty and from the breads and fillings all the way down to the dressings.
Here are a few of the items we’ve tried:
Peanut Butter Banana Bacon Sandwich. The beloved peanut butter and banana sandwich gets a twist with the addition of chickpea — wait for it — bacon. Delightful on its own as a snack, the smoky chickpeas nicely complement the classic PBB sandwich.
The Incredible Green Sandwich. The incredible green sandwich is basically a guacamole sandwich (thick swaths of guacamole topped with fresh spinach and spouts), which, in my book, is pure heaven. Especially when eaten on toasted pretzel bread. It is tasty alone, but we usually added a tofu scramble or a veggie burger bulk it up.
Chickpea Shawarma. Curried chickpeas replace the usual fillings in this addictive Middle Eastern pseudo-taco. They are served on pita bread along with fresh greens, tomatoes and herbs and then topped off with a dollop of a cool and tangy tahini-yogurt dressing. I enjoyed every bite and every flavor and can’t wait to have this again.
Tempeh Arugula Caesar Wraps. These wraps are stuffed with a salad made from arugula, spinach (I used spinach instead of romaine) and roasted red peppers (it also called for red onion, which I omitted), tomato slices, lightly seasoned, pan-fried tempeh and sunflower seeds. The peppery bite of the arugula mixed with the zip of the Caesar dressing made this wrap an instant favorite. The cashew-based Caesar dressing is worth making on its own, too. In the future I will make large batches of the dressing to have on hand for other dishes.
In case you’re unsure where I stand, I love this cookbook. I reluctantly returned my copy of VSSTD to the library when my turn expired, but there is no doubt that it will take up permanent residence in my kitchen. And hopefully sooner rather than later. I don’t know how much longer I can wait to have an Oreo wafflewich in my life.
I’d love to hear from you! Tell me about your all-time favorite sandwich, or the most creative sandwich you’ve ever had…