Sandwiches and Wraps

Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich Spread

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Pairing the great flavors of avocado and chickpeas, this tasty sandwich spread was inspired by the Avocado Tartine offered at the restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien. These eateries are all over NYC and are spreading elsewhere, which is great, as I’m completely addicted to that sandwich. Here’s an easy way to recreate it at home — also a good thing, as I’m quite addicted to avocado, plain or embellished. more→

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BBQ-Flavored Seitan and Avocado Wraps

BBQ-flavored seitan and avocado wraps

This easy wrap is a longtime family favorite. Barbecue-flavored seitan contrasts deliciously with cool avocado and leafy greens. Like most wraps, it’s a salad disguised as a sandwich. It’s easy to make, fun to eat, and go well with just about anything — soups, potatoes, fresh corn, pasta salad, salsa and chips — any way you serve it, it’s a great meal. Need only one wrap? Cut the recipe in half. Or to serve four, double the recipe. You can substitute tempeh or tofu for the seitan. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Hummus, Avocado, and Baby Spinach Sandwich

Hummus avocado and baby spinach sandwich recipe

One of my favorites sandwiches is this one, which essentially transforms a garden salad into sandwich filling. Despite its simplicity, this sandwich is really delicious, and the kind of lunch I look forward to all morning. Protein, healthy fats, good carbs, plenty of fiber, antioxidants…it’s all there. I use Ezekiel Breads and English Muffins for these sandwiches, and toast them for the best texture, even if not eating right away. If you’re brown bagging, partially construct as you pack up, and complete your assembly at lunchtime. Otherwise, pile on the ingredients and enjoy immediately. Contributed by Vicki Brett-Gach from her blog Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Open-Faced Avocado and Bean Sandwiches

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Here’s a quick and easy sandwich idea that can save you in a pinch when you need a quick lunch or dinner. Mashed avocado is mixed with tomato and lemon or lime and topped with a sprinkling of your favorite bean. Keep more of the beans nearby for extra protein. Serve with sweet or regular potato and salad (or a warming soup) for a simple and gratifying meal! more→

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Seitan Gyros

Seitan gyros

Here is a kinder, gentler version of gyros, the Greek meat-on-a-pita classic. Seitan makes a superb stand-in, and the shortcut creamy cucumber dressing gives the entire enterprise a refreshing zip. For heartier appetites, a serving would be 2 gyros; one is filling enough for moderate appetites or when other dishes are to be served. Recipe adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Lori Maffei. more→

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Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap

Hummus, cucumber, and avocado wrap

This easy hummus, cucumber, and avocado wrap recipe is as good for dinner as it is for lunch (or even breakfast, for that matter …). You can use homemade hummus or store-bought; either way, it’s made in minutes. For lunch, serve with plenty of fruit; for dinner, serve with soup  and/or a simple side dish. It goes well with quinoa tabbouli, or any potato salad. And you need not slavishly follow a recipe, either — make enough for one, or as many as needed. Photos by Lori Maffei. more→

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Tossed Salad Wraps

Tossed salad wraps recipe

A basic tossed salad becomes a lot more appealing to salad skeptics if you wrap it up. This is especially good with soups, or as a lunchtime option for vegetarian or vegan kids with a more adventurous palate, or as a portable lunch for anyone. more→

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Asian-Flavored Quinoa Wraps

Asian flavored quinoa wraps

Once you have the cooked quinoa on hand, these delectable Asian-flavored wraps come together very quickly. Photos by Rachael Braun. Recipe contributed by Wendy Polisi, reprinted from Cooking Quinoa.  more→

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