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Vegetarian Journal's Foodservice Update
Healthy Tips and Recipes for Institutions

Volume VII, Number 4 Autumn 1999  

VEGETARIAN FOODSERVICE HOTLINE

QUESTION: How can I make hot and cold sandwiches more interesting for my vegan customers? They get tried of cold or grilled vegetable sandwiches all the time.

ANSWER: Good question! You have several ways to go. If convenience is your thing, look into the vegan convenience items available. There are veggie and soy-based burgers, "fake" meats (made to resemble sliced turkey, baloney, etc.), soy sausage strips (for a vegan BLT), and flavored tofu, tempeh, and seitan. We have seen smoked, barbecued, Asian, Italian, and Southwestern tofu. Simply grill or bake these, slap on some freshly baked bread or rolls of choice along with fresh salad greens and you have a great vegan sandwich.

If you have time for cooking from scratch, think about making your own veggie burgers (for ideas, order the VRG quantity recipe packet ) which can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until ready to use. Prepare your own flavored tofu and grill or bake it.

In Cuba or Spain, you can lunch on "panini," little breads. Sandwiches are made of savory ingredients and veggies placed on Kaiser rolls or sliced baguettes and grilled under weights (you can use a grill press or several china dinner plates) until the bread is crispy and the ingredients warm. You can make a vegan version of this with chopped tomatoes and onions, shredded carrots, and minced garlic, sliced bell pepper, and avocado. Add a slice of soy cheese or some marinated tofu if you like.

Depending on your audience, you might offer a grilled peanut butter sandwich deluxe. Spread peanut butter (or almond or cashew butter) on a thick slice of seven-grain bread; pile with thinly sliced strawberries, fresh peaches, and bananas and fruit preserves and grill. This can be an entrée or a dessert!

Look to ethnic cuisine for vegan sandwich ideas. Falafel on pita, hummus on lavash (Lebanese cracker bread), cold spring rolls, bean and vegetable curries on injera (Ethiopian flat bread) or naan (Indian flat bread), and burritos all make interesting sandwiches. Make like Dagwood and go vegan crazy with your sandwiches!


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