Sunday, July 28, 2013

Beauty in Simplicity and a Sandwich

Yep. It is just a sandwich.  My point in writing this post is not really to share a recipe (though I will). It is more to highlight that often you can find beauty in simplicity.

I think many people get intimidated and overwhelmed at the thought of making vegan food. Sure, sometimes it can be a little scary if you are not familiar: tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, nut cheeses, nutritional yeast, etc., etc.   Making the transition to a plant based diet does take some education and trial and error in the kitchen, but it doesn't have to be totally overwhelming. In fact, if you start simply it is not overwhelming at all.

Think about it.  How often have you picked up an apple as a snack?  Do you think of that as "eating vegan food"? Of course not.  There are lots and lots of ways to incorporate more plants into your diet without having to be totally overwhelmed by all the products categorized as "vegan".  Fresh fruits and veggies are easy to incorporate into your diet as you learn to cook more plant based foods.

Truth be told, I am not a big fan of "fake" anything.  I will opt for freshly prepared fruits and veggies most of the time.  I guess my point is that if you are interested in eating more plant based dishes,  just getting started, or even if you are an accomplished vegan chef don't lose sight of the obvious: fresh fruits and vegetables are tasty and simple to prepare!

While my sandwich has coconut bacon and vegan mayo on it (yes, you can buy these in many stores), if that intimidates you just leave it off-- the veggies certainly speak for themselves and are delicious!

Tomato, Avocado and Spinach Sandwich

Whole wheat ciabatta bread, sliced lengthwise
2 to 3 Campari tomatoes
1 avocado, peeled and cut into chunks
4 or 5 spinach leaves
Vegan mayo (Vegenaise can be purchased in most grocery stores and is delicious)
2-3 tbsp coconut bacon (you can purchase from Phoney Baloney or you can even make your own)
Salt and pepper to taste

Put some mayo on one slice of the bread and stack your ingredients.  Top with the other bread slice.

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