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Sep 29, 2007 03:02 PM

Vegetarian Sandwiches to Take to Work

I'm looking for a few awesome vegetarian sandwich recipes, ideally for sandwiches that can be prepared in the early morning and will keep (i.e. not get soggy) until the afternoon. Any ideas?

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  1. This is EXACTLY what I have been trying to figure out too, lately. Hoping some people can give ideas that don't include tofurky or other substitute meats!

    1. We recently invested in some small plastic washable containers (think tupperware ramekins). That way I can take roasted peppers, olives, marinated veggies, condiments, etc. to work and put my sandwich/wrap together there. Eliminates sogginess entirely.

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      1. re: mojoeater

        We made the mistake of washing tupperware type containers with Dawn dish washing liquid. No matter how much the containers were rinsed, the food smelled and slightly tasted like the dish washing liquid. We've found that Ivory dish washing liquid is not so heavily scented and doesn't seem to leave an odor or taste in the stored food.

        1. re: Antilope

          Yes, I had the same problem -- I now use Ajax Liquid -- Grapefruit -- scent does not stay on dishes.

        2. re: mojoeater

          I do this exact same thing. I chop up several veggies and pour some cider vinegar on them with salt and pepper, and by lunch time, I assemble the sandwich and it is wonderful

        3. That can be rough with veggie sandwiches, the sog factor, since veggies have such a high water content and adding seasoning will often make them give off even more water. I would suggest, if you can, to assemble as you're ready to eat.

          Here are some of my faves:
          - Hummus (homemade if you have a recipe you like) with roasted veggies (I like red peppers, onions and zucchini roasted with olive oil, lemon and garlic) and sprouts on multigrain bread.
          - Avocado, muenster cheese and tomato on whole wheat.
          - Greek salad (diced cucumbers, tomatoes and red onion tossed with olive oil and fresh oregano...salt and pepper) with some feta cheese and plain yogurt in a pita.
          - Grilled portobello mushroom and grilled onions with mesclun greens tosed in olive oil and lemon juice on a nice crusty flatbread like ciabatta.
          - Goat cheese and cucumber with fresh dill on sourdough.

          Don't forget a little salt and pepper when you're putting together veggie sandwiches...especially if you've just gone veggie. Coldcuts are pretty salty, as are most processed and pre-prepared foods, if you're making it yourself from whole ingredients you'll miss a touch of salt.

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          1. re: ballulah

            Hummus is really, really good with marinated beets and arugula.

            I also like to make a spicy chickpea salad, with slightly mashed chickpeas, yogurt, onion and harissa or curry paste. Sandwich with tomato and lettuce, or thinly sliced apples.

            Ginger-marinated baked tofu with peanut sauce, cilantro and shredded cabbage. Great in a pita or wrap, but can work in a sandwich too.

            Artichoke spread (artichoke hearts roughly blended with yogurt-cheese, garlic and herbs) with cucumber slices, red onion and tomato.

            Almond or peanut butter and mango chutney.

          2. These clever lunch boxes came to mind and I remembered that they had some great ideas. Hope it helps.


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            1. re: EWIOBR

              Thanks for the link to this site. I just started packing lunch for my daughter this year and while she's a great eater, I'm always looking for new ideas!

            2. Is it possible to keep roasted veggies separate from the bread and assemble at work??

              If so, roasted sweet peppers, sweet onion and feta cheese. Add a bit of balsamic vinegar for a bit of punch.


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              1. re: Davwud

                That might go really nicely with a white bean spread, for protein.

                1. re: littlegreenpea

                  white bean spread is a great suggestion. you can use a basic recipe and change it up w herbs & spices: "italian white bean spread" w rosemary & thyme, "curry white bean spread" w garam masala and coriander. . .