Hi friends. I was needing some inspiration for some food problem-solving this week, and I thought how nice it would be if I had access to a large group of food-loving people, maybe connected by some kind of electronic network where they could give instant feedback to my question.
Anyway, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn from each other… so the idea is that if you have any kind of idea related to my question (especially a dish or recipe), I want you to leave it as a comment below for us to read and try.
If I get excited about any of your ideas, hopefully what I can do is try out some of the concepts/recipes and see how well they work out and maybe critique/improve the ideas for the sake of simplifying our lifestyles. If you have a blog or something that the recipe is coming from, I’ll try to recognize it and link to that resource so we can all try it out.
Ok, so here’s the issue for us to tackle:
The Issue: Vegetarian Sandwiches
Okay. So in our effort to live simpler and somewhat healthier lives, Rachel and I have been cutting back how often we eat meat in our diets. Nothing close to legit vegetarianism at the moment, but we’ve managed to make it through entire weeks on occasion without including meat on the menu whatsoever. It’s been a great way to learn about what we put in our bodies, and it’s forced us to be more creative in the way we come up with delicious and filling food without the crutch of bacon and beef and chicken shoved into every meal.
However, I’ve noticed lately that there is one area of the menu in particular that really suffers when meat is absent: SANDWICHES. I love sandwiches, and there are very few ways that my brain can think of making them without using sliced deli meats or things like chicken salad, etc. But sometimes you just want a quick meal, something simple between two slices of bread, and unfortunately I haven’t been able to come up with many ways to accomplish that sans meat.
So my challenge to you all is to come up with suggestions for some quick, cold, vegetarian sandwiches. Things like tofu and other common meat substitutes are fine, but I’d like it to be broader than that. What I really am looking for is ways to be creative with vegetables and flavors to make interesting and delicious sandwich fillings, not just take the meat out of meat and pretend it’s still there.
There you go! I’m looking forward to hopefully learning some new things from you all, and if all goes well I’ll have some new recipes and ideas to share over the next couple weeks to help us better enjoy our food and simplify our lives. Get to it, foodies!