Sandwiches and Wraps

Open-Faced Avocado and Bean Sandwiches

Avocado and black bean sandwiches 2

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→

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→

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→

Tossed Salad Wraps

Tossed salad wraps

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→

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→

French Tofu Salad with Grapes

French Tofu Salad with Grapes

With crunchy almonds and sweet grapes, this elegant tofu salad sandwich will have you oooh-lala-ing. Using both fresh and dried herbs brings a complexity of flavor. It’s a perfect picnic sandwich and pairs wonderfully with a dry white vegan wine. Recipe contributed by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen from their book Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!* (Fair Winds Press, 2012).
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Tofu Pomegranate Pockets

Pomegrante Tofu Pocket

Savory tofu bits combine with pomegranate to make a palate-pleasing pita sandwich. The pomegranate seeds add texture and a tart sweetness, while the ume plum vinegar brings it all together. Recipe contributed by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen from their book Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!*(Fair Winds Press, 2012).  more→

Sloppy Buffalo Beans

Sloppy buffalo beans from The Great Vegan Bean book by Kathy Hester

This Sloppy Joe variation can be as spicy or mild as you’d like. If your family members aren’t fans of spicy dishes, use less hot sauce or use a milder sauce in its place. From The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester. @2013 by Fair Winds Press, reprinted by permission. Photo © 2013 by Renee Comet.  more→

Tofu Eggless “Egg” Salad

Tofu eggless "egg salad"

Tofu Eggless “Egg” Salad is one of our favorite vegan food transformations. Made with firm tofu and vegan mayonnaise instead of hard-boiled eggs and eggy mayo, this a treat on fresh bread or stuffed into pita. You can also dollop it onto a green salad for extra protein. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Vegan Avocado Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

Avocado Tempeh Reuben

The classic deli reuben sandwich can be made meatless as well as dairy-free with homemade or store-bought smoky strips, and just a touch of vegan cheese. Sauerkraut gives it a nice tang, and avocado makes it luscious! It’s great for a quick at-home lunch or dinner, served with soup or salad.The ingredients given here can be easily multiplied for more servings. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

“Tofuna” Salad or Sandwich Spread

"Tofuna" - tuna-style tofu sandwich spread

This sandwich spread is so simple, yet every time I make it, it disappears quickly. Even tofu skeptics love it. Since all you really need for this is the first three ingredients, it hardly qualifies as a recipe, and you won’t even need to consult this after you make it once. The last two ingredients, though entirely optional, are highly recommended. If I’m having guests for lunch or brunch on weekends, I often make a batch of this as an extra, no matter what else I’m serving. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Cool Refried Bean Wraps

Cool Refried Bean Wraps

Serve these easy refried bean wraps for lunch with with stone-ground natural tortilla chips and some fruit; or for dinner, with baked potatoes or sweet potatoes (tortilla chips and salsa are welcome, too). They’re also a good companion to soups. These go really well with Potato, Corn, and Green Chile Soup, for example. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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