WELCOME TO SANDWICH MONTH!! I'm going to show you how to recreate some of my favorite vegan sandwiches around Miami. We're starting with this easy vegan sandwich, featuring two of my favorite foods: avocado and hummus.
One of my favorite plant-based cookbooks says something like "if you don't know what to make, then make a sandwich." It's true! You can make something as complex or easy as you want using whatever you have in your pantry, or in my case, very small cabinet.
My sandwich today is inspired by one of my staples: the Vegan Sandwich at Dr. Smood. All of their food is plant-based, AND completely dairy free! As an added bonus, they make a mean Cacao Shake, which is some sort of "healthy" chocolate milkshake concoction.
In short, this is my plant-based version of a burger (technically a sandwich) and shake.
Let's break it down:
- The bread: Panini-pressed gluten-free performance power voodoo magic bread* that tastes like a biscuit
- The spread(s): House-made hummus and pesto
- From the vegetable bed: Tomato, spinach and avocado
The Hangry Chickpea's Easy Vegan Sandwich
Sandwich day is all about simplicity and using ingredients you have on hand. My easy vegan sandwich must:
- Be ready to eat in under 10 minutes**
- Have bread toasted enough for a light crunch, but not so hard it's a struggle to get a clean bite
- Contain a manageable sauce : vegetable ratio. I'm talking about toeing the line between sauce dripping out and staying in the sandwich, because in my opinion, there's nothing worse than a messy sandwich.
**This means that making the voodoo magic performance bread or hummus aren't projects I'm taking on for a simple sandwich. HOWEVER, since most store-bought pestos contain dairy, this is something that you'll likely need to prep beforehand (11 mins start to finish). The good news is you can also use it to make pesto pasta or dress up roasted veggies!Print
This easy vegan sandwich is one of my go-tos when I have leftover pesto, greens, or tomato. Sometimes I'll make pesto just for this sandwich!
The Bread: I highly recommend a buying loaf from your local bakery. Alternatively, you can use whatever you have on hand. I use whole wheat.
- Basic Pesto
The Vegetable Bed:
- ½ small avocado, sliced
- 2 thin slices tomato
- Small handful greens (I use spinach or kale)
- Lightly toast your bread. The timing will depend on the type of bread. I recommend setting your toaster to one of the lowest settings, and doing 2 or 3 rounds if needed.
- Meanwhile, slice your avocado and tomato into thin slices.
- When the bread is ready, slather a generous helping of hummus on one side, and a light layer on the other. Add a little pesto (or a lot) to the side with light hummus. This helps keep the pesto from leaking out of the holes in your bread.
- Finally, layer on the tomato on one side, and avocado on the other. Add a small handful of greens, and carefully put the sides together. Voila!
Bonus: The Cacao Shake
Honestly, I was a little skeptical of this "healthy" shake at first, but now this is my go-to treat when I need a pick-me-up. I haven't cracked the recipe YET, but here's what I know:
- There's some sort of frozen cacao mixture that looks like ice cream and contains cashews, almond milk, dates, and vanilla...
- Add almond milk and ice, blend until smooth
- Top with coconut whipped cream (DROOL!)
I'll just leave this here for now:
Check out the rest of Sandwich month!
Week 3: Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich