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What's your favorite vegetarian sandwich?

I'm looking for some new ideas for a meatless sandwich.

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  1. Sliced avocado, paper-thin sliced onion, mayo, and salt, on lightly toasted, very thin slices of whole-wheat bread. It has to be a perfect avocado and wonderful bread.

    1. Cold - sprouts, avocado, tomato, lettuce, provolone, on hearty wheat dijon mustard only.
      Hot- roasted garlic smear, basil aoili, and roasted eggplant, tomato, onion, with fontina on focaccia panini!

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      1. re: chef chicklet

        By roasted garlic smear, do you mean just roasting a head of garlic and mashing it to a paste, or is there something special you do? I love roasted garlic! Both of your sandwiches sound like winners.

        1. re: ScarletB

          Sounds like it might be a "shmear," or cream cheese flavored with roasted garlic. But just smearing roasted garlic around sounds tasty too.

          1. re: ScarletB

            SorryI missed this! computer died last month, just now getting around again. This smear is roasted garlic or grilled mushed with olive oil and salt and pepper. Sometimes I add a little mayo, but my favorite even on a pizza is without the mayo. Gives sooo much flavor. I love it on o roasted pork tenderloin sandwich too...I am so hungry!

            1. re: chef chicklet

              Thanks chef chicklet! That roasted eggplant sandwich sounds great. Can't wait for eggplant season.

          2. re: chef chicklet

            That sounds unbelievably delicious. Normally I don't like sandwiches because I immediately think of yucky dry bread but this sounds amazing. Unfortunately I never have all those things in my kitchen at once...

            1. re: nakedzombieforce

              I buy sacks of garlic at Costco, we love our garlic. I seem to always buy sprouts (sort of think I crave dirt at times) and every week I purchase, basil, mint, cilantro, bags of onions/ and I always have provolone and fontina along with sandwich stuff. My herbs I've planted are doing well, just keeping the snails away from my basil is the new challenge. They better be careful or it's escargot for me.

          3. Grilled panino with grilled peppers, eggplant, and onions, marinated mushrooms, provalone, some arugula leaves. And a glass of Valpolicella.

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            1. re: hungry_pangolin

              Whole Wheat sandwich bread, mayo, medium slices white onion, salt , tomato slice, more salt, fresh cracked pepper. YUM.

            2. Along the lines of hungry_pangolin, almost anything roasted, eggplant, red peppers, onions, etc. drizzled w/ olive oil and balsamic vinegar, maybe a little feta. Or a basic caprese, mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil on a panini. I also like wraps w/ salads w/ a variety of chopped vegetables, sometimes black beans, pico de gallo, corn, lime dressing.

              1. Dont forget cheese. I love cheeses of all kinds.

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                1. re: murano

                  Yup! Cheese sandwiches are great, especially when you have the right blend of melty and creamy cheeses. My current favourite is Ewephoria (I think that's the name; it's a Holland sheep milk cheese), a smear of creamy hummus, and a tiny bit of adobo sauce sandwiched between two sliced of hearty bread then grilled. Add some jackfruit chips on the side, and it's a great vegetarian meal.

                2. I usually have a lot of different mustards, spices and chutneys around for making veggie wraps. They have included things like avocado, sun dried tomatoes, brie or blue cheese, roasted red peppers, marinated tofu, home made garlic hummus, cilantro, fresh basil, arugala, finely chopped apples, sprouts, lightly steamed broccoli or asparagus, dried cranberries, etc. Sometimes I will make a wrap that is vastly improved by some gentle time in the microwave.

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                    1. re: Mel.D

                      Peanut butter and tomoto.... don't forget salt and pepper.

                  1. I just made this grilled mozzarella and goat cheese sandwich with tomato spinach sauce - unbelievable! http://food.yahoo.com/recipes/food-an...

                    My other favourite is asiago cheese with olive spread, arugula, and sun dried tomatoes.

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                    1. re: hoagy294

                      I just emailed that yahoo sandwich recipe to myself - it sounds so wonderful and different. Thanks for sharing!

                    2. I love the classic Caprese toasted: Tomato, Fresh Mozz and Basil, olive oil, a shake of balsamic and garlic on the bread, then toasted. Other grilled veg like chowser mentions is a bonus.

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                      1. re: cheesemonger

                        One of my favorites is a variation on yours -- fresh mozzarella, pesto and roasted tomato.

                        And falafel is definitely up there for me.

                      2. I have two I make often: 1. sundried tomato basil wrap with garlic hummus, chopped up soy nuggets from Trader Joes (or the Morningstar Farms ones), tomato, and cucumber. 2. whole wheat toast, tofurkey, lettuce, tomato, 2 Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedges (spread like cream cheese).

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                        1. re: soxchik

                          This sounds really good, I recently started getting into the fake meat selection at Trader Joe's =)

                        2. There are just so many! For cold -- I'd have to say srouts, tomato, slice of meunster or provolone, avocado and pesto mayonnaise on challah bread. For hot -- I just got a recipe and made for the first time this carmelized-onions sandwich that DH and I swooned over. It was carmelized onions, sliced gruyere, sliced 1/2-sour pickle with dijon mustard on 8-grain bread; then grilled. Fabulous.

                          1. Such a good thread! For me an avocado, lettuce and tomato w/ a dab of mayo. And hummus with stovetop grilled pepper planks, grilled mushrooms, and grilled onion.

                            1. hummus, garden tomato, english cucumber, red onion, feta and italian dressing on a char broiled pita

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                              1. re: chelleyd01

                                Toasted English muffin, hummus on one side, mustard on the other. Put a slice of tomato and a slice of cheese on the hummus side, back in the toaster. After the cheese melts, remove, add lettuce and sprouts.

                                Or, similar to the one above, toasted pita stuffed with cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, chick pea, and tzatziki.

                                Avocado would be great in either one if you have it on hand.

                              2. Goat cheese, roasted red peppers and pesto on ciabatta. Or natural peanut butter, honey and sliced bananas on whole wheat.

                                1. Baguette split in half, dribbled with some olive oil, and you can rub a cut clove of garlic over it if you like. I do like garlic. Slices of roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers and mozzarella on one side. Put both halves into the oven (350?) until the cheese melts and the "bare" half is getting toasty. Take it out and add a few basil leaves, and put the sandwich together. Cut into big portions.

                                  1. My all-time favorite vegetarian sandwich was from a local Greek deli in Ohio, I still get one when I get a chance. It was basically greek salad -- lettuce, pepperoncinis, green peppers thinly sliced, thinly sliced tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives on a toasted pita pread with tzaziki sauce. Their homemade garlicky Greek dressing is sprinkled over the whole thing. It's messy and delicious. They had a lentil soup that went with this. It was to die for.

                                      1. re: Antilope

                                        There you go. Classic, and still one of the best.

                                      2. Eggplant Parm., mashed garbonzos w/ mustard, roasted green chile toasted cheese, sliced tomato and mayo, peanut butter and banana, fried peppers, onion, oregano, tomato and mozerella. Bean tacos.

                                        1. Hummus, pickled beets and sprouts on toasted whole-grain bread.
                                          I'm also partial to anything with roasted vegetables or baked tofu.

                                          1. Smooshed avacado, tomato, cucumber and sprouts with some Munster cheese and sunflower seeds on a Sunflower Oatmeal bread I bake. It's from the Bread Lovers Bread Machine Cookbook.

                                            1. Cream cheese, cucumbers, roasted red peppers and sprouts on fresh pumpernickel.

                                              1. anything in a pita:
                                                -- i love cottage cheese mixed w/garden salad and dressing smooshed into a lightly toasted pita
                                                -- hummus, cukes, red onion, feta, spinach
                                                -- olive tapanade, mozz, fresh tomatoes, basil (best on airy focaccia-style bread)
                                                -- fried egg and cheese
                                                -- eggsalad with pickles and hot peppers :)

                                                1. Multigrain bread (with LOTS of seeds), cheddar cheese, healthy dose of hummus on one slice, sprouts, lettuce, thin layer of horseradish mustard on the other slice... It's daydreamed about often.

                                                  1. There's this local mustard that I bought on a whim at a gourmet store called Grand Marnier mustard. It's really creamy with a nice orange-y flavor. Anyway, I cannot get over how well it pairs in a grilled sandwich with apple slices and sharp cheddar cheese. That's the current fave.

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                                                    1. re: ScarletB

                                                      I need to find that mustard. I've Googled it, but no luck. Any ideas?

                                                        1. re: Ali

                                                          Yes, sorry I didn't put the brand. It is the one listed above by Ali. It looks like it's carried in many different areas and can be ordered from some online vendors. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

                                                    2. Half-sized ciabatta, grilled portobello, fresh mozzarella, vinegar or roasted red peppers, and a light drizzle of balsamic. Wrap the sandwich and let it sit for an hour or two to allow the bread to absorb some of the liquids. Then, proceed to eat it.

                                                      1. I'm thinking avocado, sprouts, havarti with dill, Italian bread...and what else?

                                                        1. Cheese - well aged Cheshire for preference - with grated carrot.

                                                          Smoked mackeral with horseradish is also pretty good.

                                                          1. fried tempeh, kraut, grainy mustard on a toasty roll (this is a hot sandwich)
                                                            variation of above includes feta cheese and a smear of garlicky red pepper spread

                                                            1. 1) Homemade hummus that has been left a bit chunky, smoothed on multigrain bread with bean sprouts, thin slices of red onion, smashed avocado and a sprinkle of coarse salt.

                                                              2) Grilled cheddar and sliced green apples on multigrain.

                                                              3) And lastly, what can beat thick slices of fresh picked vine ripened tomatoes on fresh baked bread with a smear of Mayo and sprinkle of salt and pepper!!

                                                              Yum yum

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                                                              1. re: YumTum

                                                                Oh yeah! A tomato sandwich in the summer with extra mayo and extra S&P. I always eat two at a time. Thanks for reminding me.

                                                                1. re: murano

                                                                  There is nothing better in the world than a tomato sandwich. You gotta have the right bread, the right mayo, and, of course, homegrown tomatoes. Salt and pepper. Done.

                                                                  Best sandwich in the world. I've got two plants going already, with more seedlings on the way.

                                                                  1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                    Only two things that money can't buy: true love and homegrown tomatoes!

                                                                    1. re: thinks too much

                                                                      Excellent, and so true.

                                                                      And I have both!

                                                              2. olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella on a crusty ciabatta roll

                                                                1. I am the furthest thing from being a vegetarian, but when I was a line cook, and could not scrounge up any beef around the restuarant for a philly steak sandwich for lunch I would improvise. I would substitute mushrooms for the beef, and make my version of a mushroom "philly".

                                                                  On the flat top I would cook up the onion, and a large quantity of mushrooms, with oil, and salt and pepper, I would melt the white American cheese over the top, and then scoop the mixture onto a steak roll. Topped with sweet peppers, and jalapenos, I almost didnt miss the meat.. almost

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                                                                    1. re: ChefJune

                                                                      it wasnt, Id have it a couple of times a week.

                                                                  1. Hummus, fork mashed brocolli, and grated carrot on whole wheat toast - if you have some seeds to layer on top of the hummus even better.

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                                                                    1. re: misplacedamerican

                                                                      Though I bake bread, I can't eat much any more so I haven't had a sandwich in two years. When my brother took me to Roy's Place in Gaithersburg MD (one of the great sandwich places of the world--check its web site), I'd skip the bread and starch sides. That said, I crave two sandwiches in particular: fried egg with fried onions and mustard and mayo on whole wheat bread, and vine ripened beefsteak tomato slices with thin onion slices and home made mayo on rustic white bread. Olive oil can be used in the place of mayo. It can be juicy and a bit sloppy but it is oh so good.

                                                                    2. Man, I'd forgotten. My dad used make western scrambled egg sandwiches on a fresh Kaiser roll for Sunday night supper. Both my folks cooked, but dad made cooking fun. He introduced me to so much. Boy, do I miss him. He looked like he could have been Paul Newman's older brother.

                                                                        1. My fav sammy would have to be fresh baked italian bread with sliced cooked red peppers in olive oil. Has to be good bread and good olive oil.

                                                                          1. One of my favorites is cream cheese and slices of monterey (pepper) jack, cheddar and provolone, marinated artichokes and pepperocini rings with a bit of dijon mustard on a roll.

                                                                            1. Only in the summer when tomatoes are fabulous, it's avocadoes and heirloom tomatoes on multi grain with homemade mayo, lime flavored.is best.

                                                                              1. Whole wheat pita with brie, apples and greens. Simple and delicious.

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                                                                                1. re: Rizza

                                                                                  Do you stuff the pita, or do it open face like pizza? It sounds good, but I'm picturing toasting the pita open face and melting the brie on top and then topping with apples and greens, Yum! Thanks for the combo suggestion.

                                                                                  1. re: ScarletB

                                                                                    I just stuff it. It sounds like I may have to try it toasted now though. A friend suggested putting in some sliced toasted almonds too.

                                                                                    1. re: Rizza

                                                                                      Uh, Rizza, these sliced almond thingys can become very addictive. I say resist the temptation if you can.
                                                                                      Just kidding ... : )

                                                                                      These are good though --> http://www.almondaccents.com/ProductL...

                                                                                  2. re: Rizza

                                                                                    I have another pita recipe. Whole wheat pita with sliced avocado and swiss cheese in it, add to that a relish you made out of diced cucumber, celery, radish, and scallions dressed with yogurt/mayo and some dijon mustard, s&p. Add lettuce or spinach leaves if desired.

                                                                                  3. If you make carrot juice, mix up the leftover pulp wih mayo, dill, and someting like Spike. Put on toasted whole grain bread; the kind that isn't smooth.

                                                                                    Tempeh fried with dark sesame oil. Other seasonings: Cumin, garlic.
                                                                                    Warm brown rice mixed with your favorite herbs. Not light and fluffy rice; you need it to form a a patty won't fall apart. I pressure cook my brown rice and it's perfect.

                                                                                    With the above: whole grain mustard, sprouts, avocado, tomato, lettuce, and whatever other vegies you like. If you want cheese: a nice mild Monteray Jack or Havarti for the first, cheddar for the second, and swiss for the third. Or whatever you like. Melt the cheese onto the filling. A final touch is to grill the sandwich (before the vegies) in butter.

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                                                                                    1. re: Richard 16

                                                                                      Wow. That carrot pulp idea sounds intriguing. I've been adding it to the compost pile, always with some regret and wondering if there wasn't somethign else I could do with it... I'll give this a try. Thanks!

                                                                                      1. re: Bat Guano

                                                                                        OK, I tried this with carrot and beet pulp, mixed with tzatziki, on toasted whole wheat, and it was pretty darn good! Maybe not my favorite, but I'll definitely do it again.

                                                                                        1. re: Bat Guano

                                                                                          Sounds about right. We sold this at a health food snack bar in Towson (MD) many years ago, and while often ordered it wasn't the most popular.

                                                                                          One seasoning I didn't mention is powdered kelp -- I'd mix a little into either the pulp or sometimes into mayo and not use mustard. It's pretty salty though.

                                                                                        2. re: Bat Guano

                                                                                          There are some good carrot bread, carrot cake, and carrot cookie recipes that call for carrot pulp.

                                                                                      2. I almost forgot: a nice touch is to make carrot shavings to add.

                                                                                        1. nothing new in this post i'm sure, but every year when the tomatoes come up in our garden, we eat fresh slices of tomato with mayonnaise, cracked pepper, and sea salt on a plain ol' pullman loaf. unbelievable. put some nice salt and vinegar chips on the side and you are in heaven.

                                                                                          1. french bread, shaves of red onion, roasted red pepper, fresh mozzarella, arugula, topped with pesto mayo.

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                                                                                            1. re: mn_praline

                                                                                              i'm almost sure that thinly sliced red onion makes everything better. i cannot get enough of it in salads, in cold sesame noodles, chicken salad sandwiches, etc.--i pile it on slices in layers an inch thick. this sandwich you've concocted sounds fantastic.

                                                                                              1. re: mn_praline

                                                                                                That sounds close to my favorite vegetarian sandwich from D'Amico & Sons. It is so yummy! Everytime I go back to Minneapolis/St. Paul, I HAVE to have one...and I'm not vegetarian!

                                                                                              2. I made these and froze them and they are really good ! I've been eating them in wraps.

                                                                                                Spiced Chickpea burger:

                                                                                                1. A great grilled cheese with grated white cheddar & sharp cheddar on thick white bread and salty butter. On a rainy, cold day add a side of cream of tomato soup ..... heavenly.

                                                                                                  1. I worked at a little healthfood lunch counter (too long ago) and still love the mushroom burger or pocket that we made:

                                                                                                    saute mushrooms in Braggs Liq. Amino (healthy soy), melt a nice cheese on one side of a whole wheat bun. Then put a lil mayo, guacomole, sprouts, shredded carrots, the saute mushrooms, sprinkle on garlic pwder, cayenne pepper and spike seasoning. Yummmmmmmm!!!

                                                                                                    You'll never miss the meat.

                                                                                                    1. Bread, rich buttery swiss cheese, dijon mustard, and thinly sliced pickles, toasted or grilled until the bread is crispy and the cheese melting.

                                                                                                      I also have made the "meatless Philly cheesesteak" mentioned above, with sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers, and provolone cheese - yum!

                                                                                                      1. Thick slice of tomato, garlic mayo on a biayli
                                                                                                        Grilled portabello mushrooms, sun dried tomato, slice of cheese and sprouts

                                                                                                        1. Open faced sandwich:

                                                                                                          thick slice of crusty bread, roasted eggplant, peppers and onions, swiss cheese, thick salt, toasted in the oven

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                                                                                                          1. re: mielimato

                                                                                                            I had a really good breaded eggplant sandwich not too long ago.....but if anyone is ever in the Toronto area, and in the St. Lawrence market....it is soooo worth your while to find the Moustachio (sp?) sandwich there. It also comes with breaded veal...the the eggplant one is divine...and needless to say, can serve two people easy.

                                                                                                          2. Houmous, chilli jam, red onion and black olive on ciabatta - totally yumtious. I'm also partial to farmhouse cheddar and pickle on wholemeal and goats cheese and roasted aubergine on focaccia.

                                                                                                            1. lots of alfalfa sprouts and hellman's mayo on good toasted white bread.

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                                                                                                              1. re: fara

                                                                                                                ditto, and add shaved carrots, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and spike seasoning.

                                                                                                              2. Learned this from some Jordanian friends years ago in San Francisco.

                                                                                                                Toasted bagel, open-faced, with tahini, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, salt and pepper on both bagel halves. Divine. Messy, but divine.

                                                                                                                1. Black bean burger with chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion on a bulkie roll. Simple and really satisfying.

                                                                                                                  1. avocado, sliced radish, goat cheese, balsamic, sea salt, pepper on any bread you like

                                                                                                                    grilled red onion and gruyere grilled cheese on sourdough. with good mustard on the side.

                                                                                                                    Ethnic sort of sandwiches are great too if you have more time. veggie bahn mis and mexican tortas my favorites. a bahn mi with braised tofu, mushrooms, baby corn; picked carrot and daikon, sliced jalepenos, and lots of cilantro. A torta with spiced black beans, avocado, tomato, onion, and chipotle mayo.

                                                                                                                    1. Roasted eggplant, roasted asparagus, roasted red pepper and diced fresh red onion, drizzled with EVOO and lightly dusted with fresh ground black pepper. Between two toasted slices of multi-grain bread bought as a whole loaf from Tre Mari Bakery down the street. Mayo optional.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                        Oooh- I haven't tried that with the asparagus. It's good (but messy) on crusty bread.

                                                                                                                        As with Passadumkep I love eggplant parmesan, preferably as a sub. Leave out the cheese if you prefer.

                                                                                                                        If eggs can be on the menu: One of my favorite subs growing up was scambled eggs with sauteed onions and bell peppers. These days I would probably add cheese and hot sauce. Think I'll have one tomorrow...

                                                                                                                      2. Fresh mozzarella, avocado, and roasted red pepper drizzled with balsamic vinegar on a wrap

                                                                                                                        1. Sauteed mushrooms with raw sliced cucumber & sweet onion & cheddar on very fresh honey wheat bread. Delicious ...

                                                                                                                          1. -robiola & arugula on press-grilled, lightly oiled, crusty bread
                                                                                                                            -fresh figs & gorgonzola on grilled walnut bread w/ truffled honey (ala Monica Byrne)
                                                                                                                            -homemade tempeh bacon "B".L.T
                                                                                                                            -tofu "egg" & avocado salad sandwich w/ grey salt
                                                                                                                            -grilled super-chunky peanut butter, honey & banana (aka Velvet Elvis)
                                                                                                                            -falafel w/ pickled turnip, lettuce & extra tahini sauce
                                                                                                                            -grilled cheese!!!

                                                                                                                            1. My favorite is "Mr. Green Jeans" from Stevens and Stevens deli. It's ratatouille and cream cheese sauce on a French roll. Easily the best sandwich I've had locally.

                                                                                                                              (Sorry, honey. Your Cuban rocks, but MGJ gets my vote!)

                                                                                                                              1. Tempeh reubens! Featured on Aparmenttherapy.com awhile back. They are awesome. Not great for bagged lunch since they are grilled before serving, but excellent just the same!

                                                                                                                                1. Two favorite sandwiches from my childhood:
                                                                                                                                  Sauteed Onion Sandwiches -- Onions, sliced very finely and sauteed with dried red chile flakes and lime juice, until onions are deep brown. This was a quick sandwich for picnics when we were young.

                                                                                                                                  Beetroot and Carrot Sandwiches -- Beetroot and carrots, boiled separately. Peeled and then mashed separately with knobs of good butter to make two separate red and orange spreads. My mother would make double-decker beetroot and carrot sandwiches (three slices of bread and separate layers of beetroot spread and carrot spread).

                                                                                                                                  1. I just had one of my favorites: Swiss cheese on whole grain toast smeared with hummus, with sliced tomato and shaved red onion with a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt & pepper.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: taurus30

                                                                                                                                      taurus30, add some sliced artichokes to that combo and I'm right there w/ya!

                                                                                                                                    2. i like rice paper rolls (summer rolls?), they hold quite a bit. filling, much stronger than first i thought. choices are endless, as long as they r not soggy. .
                                                                                                                                      filling options include cooked or raw/salad veggies, pickles, cooked beans/lentils, sprouts, dried fruit, crisp fruits (apples, pears), nuts, cooked rice, rice noodles, pasta, barley, cous-cous, quinoa.
                                                                                                                                      i've added hummus, mole paste, hot sauce, etc. to the filling & rolled it so it is in the center, not touching the wrapper.
                                                                                                                                      any wet sauce, i pack as dipping sauces - peanut sauce, pasta sauce, salsa, salad dressing...
                                                                                                                                      (i told u the options are endless)
                                                                                                                                      i "line" the rolls with 1-2 lettuce leaves, so they don't stick. i roll that over the rice-roll when eating.

                                                                                                                                      1. My favorite sandwiches:

                                                                                                                                        Sunflower seeds, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, provolone, lettuce, and a delicious dill cream cheese-type spread on multi-grain bread. YUM!

                                                                                                                                        A BLT with home-grown tomatoes and soy bacon

                                                                                                                                        Havarti, avocado slices, red onion, tomato, lettuce

                                                                                                                                        Pita or wrap with hummus, tabouli, and falafel

                                                                                                                                        Wrap with greek salad-type ingredients: lettuce, feta, olives, red onions, banana peppers, swiss