“If you’re looking for your first 5 days of healthy sandwich recipes, this post I’ve written is for you.”
When we decided to go for greens, the easiest way to get started is to find the easiest recipe that we can make and hold on for the first 5 days. Initially, the first week is crucial for us that time, but when you get the rhythm of being a vegetarian, with proper discipline and support from your love ones and friends, you’ll never miss the meats again.
Olive Tapenade Sandwich
Before anything else, thanks Fredo for this amazing shot. As we all know, olive oil is the base of tapenade. The capers will then be mix to black olives blended together by chopping it finely, making it as a paste by slowly adding the olive oil. You can add more flavors here and use it to some of your healthy sandwich recipes, some ingredients like garlic, lemon juice, some herbs and anchovies. This will give a little twist in your tapenade.
Hummus and Vegetable Sandwich
Now, I give all the credits to my wife, Mira for all the amazing shots here. She loves hummus in her sandwiches, that’s why I added this to our list. Although, I stared this photo for like a minute figuring where the hummus is, I almost call this “Finding Hummus Sandwich.”
Anyway, hummus which is an Arabic name for chickpeas, gain its popularity because of its healthy known benefits. It is a good source of protein especially for those who are in vegetarian and vegan diet. According to the Guinness world record 2010, the largest dish of hummus in the world was set in Lebanon, consisting of 8 tons of boiled chickpeas, 2 tons of tahini, 2 tons of lemon juice and 70 kg (154 lb) of olive oil. My wife combined all those ingredients, mix until blended and add shredded carrots, freshly sliced tomatoes and oven-baked peppers for this simple yet healthy vegan sandwich.
Tofu, Tomato and Eggplant Sandwich
If you decided to shift your diet into a vegetarian or vegan, then tofu is the best protein substitute. It is made up from soybeans and is low in calorie yet high in protein. I like using tofu in some of my sandwich recipes because you can make it crispy or gooey depending on how it was being cook.
On the other hand, eggplant or aubergine in British and Canadian English, is grown in almost any part of the world. This is also a very important ingredient in ratatouille, a traditional French stewed vegetable dish. One thing I love with Eggplant is it can be used as a meat substitute in any vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Open Face Cucumber, Dill Cream Cheese and Sprouts Sandwich
Among any other sprouts, I love using mung bean sprouts in my sandwiches. With its crispness and juiciness of it, you can also add it in any of your garden salads or even serves as toppings in your stir-fry. Mung beans are famous in some parts particularly in Asia. In Philippines, they use this as fillings in some pastries known as hopia.
Antipasto Sandwich in Ciabatta
Originated from Italy, antipasto means “before the meal”. Just for discussion purposes, the traditional antipasto has cured meats, olives, peperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, cheeses, and vegetables in oil or vinegar. When antipasto is serving, it means that a formal Italian meal has begun.
In some local farmers market or any local stores, you can already buy a good bottled antipasto. You can find vegetables such as cauliflower, olives, and peppers that are pickled in vinegar mixed with mushrooms, artichoke hearts and anchovies. Antipasto is great and considered as salad for some veggie lovers. You can add a little kick on it by adding more hot peppers just like what I did here.
I think the most important message that we want to tell here is that there is no magical combination of food when you start your journey to meatless diet. I’ve been overweight for so many years and having two little ones on my side help me to realize to work hard for this – harder than any other people, possibly forever, to keep back on the right weight track.
It takes time to develop new habits and routines but with the right attitude and thinking, it will happen. Ask somebody to work along with you, someone who share the same objective and passion. In my case, I have my wife on my side.
If you have any ideas and suggestions, please let us know. We’re still new here in this journey. I will be happy to include that, here in our Everyday Sandwich.