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Sandwiches are often the centerpiece of any lunchbox. We grew up with the traditional ones – a slice of lunch meat and cheese with mustard and mayo. Very little veg – maybe lettuce or a tomato slice. That was then. Now we know there are better options to fill a sandwich, pita or wrap with.
Start with our delicious Lunchbox Stuffer Salad. It’s not unlike the tuna salad you remember-minus the tuna. For protein, we use tempeh, a healthful soy product you can get near the tofu at your local grocer. We mix it with chopped carrots and celery, as well as sweet pickle relish and smoked paprika to layer flavor.
Want to know where the ocean-y flavor comes from? Seaweed! We sprinkle in some kelp and/or dulse powders. Don’t be scared, you tried the cucumber rolls at the sushi bar, right? Both kelp and dulse are available in shakers from Whole Foods or online, and the flavor is very subtle – while the health benefits are out of this world! Dulse is an especially good source of iron, potassium, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, and fiber. Kelp granules are “salty” tasting, yet low in sodium, thanks to the complement of potassium, magnesium, and other mineral salts. Kelp granules are rich in iodine and contain a natural substance, glutamic acid, that enhances flavor and tenderizes. Phytochemicals in kelp have been shown to absorb and eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metal contaminants from our bodies. So don’t be afraid of seaweed – it’s a small amount and adds the fishy flavor you may remember from tuna salad sandwiches, while nourishing your body.
As written, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free and nut-free. It works in sandwiches, pitas, and tortilla or lettuce wraps. More sandwich ideas are below AND check back tomorrow and every day this week for even more lunch ideas!
1 package tempeh, crumbled
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1 Tbs. mustard
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and fold together until well combined. Serve in sandwiches and wraps. Store in fridge.
We bet you need lots of sandwich options. We know, variety keeps things fresh and interesting, no matter the age of the person you’re packing lunch for! Other great vegan sandwiches can be built from. Not all varieties of vegan products are gluten free/nut free, so be sure to check ingredient lists on each product.
Hummus – many brands available at grocers, including Sabra, Tribe, Trader Joe’s, Atheno’s, Eat Well/Enjoy Life and Cedar’s
Eggless Salad – Try our recipe for eggless salad, made with tofu and edamame
Veggies – Slices of fresh tomato, avocado and lettuce make a filling sandwich
Faux Meatball Sandwiches – Tasty vegan meatballs can be sourced from Trader Joe’s, Beyond Meat and Gardein, just mix with your favorite sauce and stuff into a hoagie roll. Our Eggplant Meatballs also make good sandwiches!
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