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need some new ideas for savoury vegetarian sandwich fillings & toast toppings, beyond peanut butter, hummus and cheese

Trying to cut down on my cheese and egg intake, and already have a fair amount of peanut butter and hummus in my diet.

What other savoury veg sandwich fillings do you like or suggest?

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  1. In my rotation:
    - tempeh salad with or without curry powder, apple, raisins, nuts, etc, served in pita bread.
    - baba ghanoush with lots of fresh vegetables
    - falafel (baked for serving cold) with fresh vegetables, garlic and a smear of hummus or tahini
    - tapenade with lots of fresh vegetables for a light lunch
    - any sort of leftover bean dip with lots of fresh vegetables, sriracha or some other hot sauce

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    1. re: odkaty

      Does anyone have a recipe for a good bean dip that you like to use in sandwiches? I've tried making white bean dips a few times, but they always seem to turn out meh. Thanks for any recipe suggestions.

      1. re: prima

        prima, do you know of Goodhealthgourmet's famous black bean dip recipe? Not sure how it would be on a sandwich but the dip itself is anything but "meh" and so many on this board have sung its praises, just a suggestion.

        1. re: Val

          Thanks, Val. I've seem her recipe in the past, but haven't made it yet. Haven't made any black bean dips as of yet, but I'll give it a try.

        2. re: prima

          I enjoyed this carrot hummus:

          This lentil dip has a lot of spices (i skip whatever the tony's creole seasoning is)

          1. re: prima

            I've not eaten this in a sandwich but it is very good. http://food52.com/recipes/8908-roaste...

            This should make a good sandwich. Both the chickpea puree and arugula salad are delicious on bruschette and what is bruschette if not a mini open-faced sandwich? I do add garlic and lemon zest to the puree. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

        3. mushroom burgers are good

          bean burritos instead of sandwiches

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          1. re: danionavenue

            Sauteed greens with garlic, currants, toasted pine nuts and chile flakes is a nice toast topper, as are sauteed mushrooms with fresh herbs and garlic. Instead of hummus, you could try a puree of white beans, sundried tomatoes, balsamic and garlic. Grilled vegetables marinated in an herb, lemon and Dijon vinaigrette could make a nice vegan sandwich filler. As an alternative to cheese, you could make a seed or nut "cheese" and build a sandwich with fresh crispy vegetables. You could drain a thick yogurt overnight to cream cheese consistency and make a chive yogurt cheese, to be made into a sandwich with cucumbers and watercress. I occasionally make a carrot puree with harissa. You could make toasted pita chips and eat it with oil cured olives. I had an amazing and hearty sandwich in Tunisia which was a roll much like a banh mi baguette, filled with my choice of: tomatoes, onions, red and green peppers, cucumbers, cooked and cubed potatoes, olives, capers, tuna and hard boiled egg (but you could skip the tuna and egg), olive oil, preserved lemon peel and harissa. You could replace the eggs and tuna with marinated tofu cubes. If you like beets, you could steam or roast them, peel and cut into 3/4-inch thick slices horizontally. Pan sear them and use them like sliders with appropriate toppings. You could certainly grill eggplant and serve with a garlicky tomato sauce and a smear of olive paste.

            I could keep going, but I'll stop here for now.

          2. The others have hit on pretty much everything, but I'll add a few more.

            We enjoyed these mushrooms from Smitten Kitchen (a versatile preparation; I used half of the batch in ravioli), and I think olive oil and evaporated milk, instead of butter and cream, could be used to lighten it up: http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/12/cre...

            And if you happen to like tofu, a sandwich of baked tofu with sauteed peppers and onions, and roasted tomatoes, is a favorite in my home--I think my omnivore boyfriend likes them more than I do. I find I only need a small slice or two of tofu to balance the softness of the vegetables. But if you would like to forgo tofu, sliced eggplant is an easy substitute. I find eggplant silky enough that cheese isn't really necessary.

            I also use lentil in sandwiches quite a bit. I use petite crimson, cooked in Better Than Bouillon No Beef. They can easily be dressed with barbeque sauce, or a sloppy joe type of deal, or just mashed slightly and paired with whatever vegetables you like. They also make wonderful tacos (as would the mushrooms above).

            One last one, and I know it's going to sound a little weird, but I like coleslaw sandwiches. I had some leftover cilantro crema and sliced cabbage on hand one day, and wound up mixing it up together, and making a sandwich, with sliced tomato--this was really good on rye bread, and we went through quite a phase with this at summer's end.

            Eggs and cheese are so seductive. Damn them. Good luck.

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            1. re: onceadaylily

              I would love your recipe for.baked tofu. I just can't seem to get something I like the texture of...

              1. re: lollya

                Sure, but let me first say that baked tofu is usually a tad dry and very chewy (which is how we like it), and if you're looking for something that is crisp outside, but soft inside, then deep-fried tofu is maybe what you're looking for.

                I drain and rinse the tofu, wrap it in a large tea towel, place it between two plates with a weight on top, and allow it to press from anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour. I either slice or cube the tofu, and marinate it for about twenty minutes. Lay the tofu in a single layer in a lightly oiled shallow pan, and cook it in a 350 degree oven for at least twenty minutes (I often go as long as forty-five), flipping the pieces every ten minutes or so.

                Hope this helps, lollya.

            2. http://www.ivu.org/recipes/indian-sal...

              This (vegan friendly) eggplant makes amazing sandwiches--on naan, in pita, on ciabatta. It needs nothing else as it is wet and the spices are lovely. But I've been known to spread hummus on the bread as well, for a very filling and delicious, if discordant, sammie.

              1. Make paneer bhurji, using tofu instead of paneer. It's delicious and lower in fat.

                1. Would this smashed chickpea salad be different enough from hummus? http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/01/sma...

                  Tabouleh can also be a good sandwich filling, though you have to eat it carefully!

                  This time of year, you could roast a squash and puree it, then spread it onto a wrap with black beans and greens. You can also slice and grill or roast eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, etc. Do a big batch, and each day you can make a sandwich out of them.

                  1. I looooove a sandwich of good grainy whole wheat bread, avocado and shredded carrots. Put a nice mustard on the slice next to the carrots and nothing needed on the slice with avo. Yum!

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                    1. re: miss louella

                      Second for avocado on sandwich...pretty good stuff!

                    2. Some of my favorites are:
                      Chickpea of the Sea http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/ve...
                      Mashed Avocado with spicy sprouts and tomato slices
                      Tempeh Deli Salad http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/re...
                      BLT with tempeh bacon http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7553.0
                      Portabella with red onion and very garlicky aioli http://everybodylikessandwiches.com/2...

                      1. Cilantro Pesto - http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cila...
                        or Cilantro Chutney are delicious sandwich spreads

                        My neighbor makes her Cilantro Chutney sandwiches with cilantro, mint, cumin, ginger root, peanuts or roasted chickpeas, lemon juice, green chile, salt and sugar to taste. I love to watch her cook - a handful of this and a pinch of that, but mostly I love to eat at her table. We went to the zoo with her two-year old grandson and she made delicious Cilantro Chutney sandwiches.

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                        1. re: Cynsa

                          mmmm...this looks fabulous (the cilantro pesto)...might try it with avocado!

                        2. Lots of great ideas!

                          I also like a nice roasted garlic and artichoke dip. Pair it with some tofu, red pepper and spinach!

                          You could also cook up a thick lentil dal and use that to smear sandwiches.


                          1. Thanks for all the amazing ideas so far. Now I'm inspired! Time to stock up my fridge & pantry. ;-)

                            1. Do a vegetarian banh mi. Marinate julienned carrots and daikon radish in a sugar/salt mixture for a few hours. Marinate sliced tofu in soy sauce, sesame oil, a touch of sugar and ginger and garlic for at least a day. Grill on a well oiled grill pan until you get nice grill marks. Serve in a roll with cilantro, homemade mayo, the carrots and daikon radish, green onions and sliced jalepenos (optional).

                              1. A combo of roasted tomatoes (with plenty of garlic, parsley and olive oil), baked or broiled eggplant slices, and sauteed zucchini slices (saute over high heat so that they brown and nearly char), with as much mayo as you like. Veggies are cold or at room temperature.

                                Vegetarian baked bean sandwiches are also tasty!

                                Almond butter and cashew butter are nice alternatives to peanut butter.

                                1. I love Toby's Tofu Pate, which I believe is only available in certain parts of the country (I don't think I've seen it here in AZ but I haven't looked exhaustively). This recipe is pretty close: http://www.culinate.com/user/winnie67.... You have to really cut the veg down fairly small.

                                  1. Many other beans pureed with all different flavor profiles are great on a sandwich. almond butter, soynut butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, sunny butter,

                                    1. Another vote for avocado, but I don't even mash it. Good Hass avocado, cut in slices, over good lettuce when in season, sprinkled with good olive oil, on any kind of whole wheat bread. Might also sprinkle with some sea salt, but that's overkill.
                                      I could live on this.
                                      Also might add tomatoes when ripe and good, or even sprouts if you like that.

                                      1. Did anyone say veggie burgers? I like Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers with some grilled red pepper from the deli..

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                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                          Oat Burgers are easy to make, we make this recipe and freeze the burgers:
                                          3 cups water
                                          2 Tablespoons soy sauce or 1/4 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos
                                          1 Tablespoon "Beef-Like Seasoning"
                                          1 teaspoon Wright's Hickory Seasoning - optional
                                          1 teaspoon garlic powder
                                          1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
                                          1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
                                          1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
                                          3 Tablespoons nutritional food yeast flakes
                                          1 onion, diced
                                          (optional additions for a richer flavor: 1 Tablespoon each molasses and tomato puree
                                          or 1 teaspoon ground cumin with 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder)

                                          3 cups Quick Oats (or, 2 cups Quick Oats plus 1 cup bulgur wheat)
                                          1/2 cup ground walnuts

                                          Directions: Place all ingredients (except oats and nuts) in a saucepan; simmer for 3 minutes.
                                          Remove from heat and stir in the nuts and oats. Let cool. Scoop 1/2 cup and shape patties.
                                          Bake on parchment-lined baking sheet at 375°F until brown on both sides or pan-fry in non-stick skillet.

                                          1. re: Cynsa

                                            Oooh, those are interesting. I bet you can really play around with different flavorings too. Or keep them simple and then pair them with different sauces.

                                        2. You've gotten a lot of great suggestions.

                                          The husband used to be veg, and we had this amazing sandwich at a restaurant that became part of our regular rotation. Breaded eggplant - I'm sure they fried it but you could bake as in Martha Stewart's baked eggplant parm - although we used pre-made boxed breaded eggplant that you throw in the oven when we could find it.

                                          It was on some kind of bun or kaiser with tomatoes, spinach, and garlic mayo. It did have cheese too - a white one, maybe mozzarella or monterey jack? You could omit that for sure but it sure was delicious with it.

                                            1. Both artichoke hummus and edamame hummus are tasty with some raw vegetables sandwiches and pita points.

                                              My favorite sandwich is a copycat sold in many sandwich shops. Two thick slices of tomato basil bread; each slice spread with red pepper puree then build your sandwich with Feta cheese crumble, sliced tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, sliced cucumbers, thin slices of red onion
                                              and a bit of diced black olive, Refreshing a bit spicy and so good.

                                              1. Spread bread with an olive tapenade. Then layer thin onion, spinach, tomato (when in season), roasted red pepper, and sliced baked tofu.

                                                Obviously veggie burgers, but also meatless balls are a great filling. Just slightly mash and use a tomato based spread like sun dried tomato white bean, add spinach or greens, cheese if serving it hot.

                                                Black beans, rice, and veggies in a wrap

                                                Open faced toast with mashed avocado, lime juice and salt