Sandwiches are one of the first ever fast food recipes. You can make them in advance and take them with you, they can be consumed hot or cold but they do not require re-heating. Sandwiches can include meat or not and in fact are a robust meal for a vegetarian. Sandwiches are the vegetarian's answer to a hamburger. So, I have put three very healthy sandwich recipes below that do not involve meat.
French Onion Sandwiches Serves 4
2 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 ounces seasonal mushrooms, chopped pretty small 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings 1 cup vegetable stock 1 tablespoon cornflour 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic, chopped finely or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder Dash of pepper 4 (1-inch) slices French bread, toasted 2 (1-ounce) slices Swiss cheese, halved (optional)
In a large skillet melt butter. Add mushrooms and cook on medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes until done. Remove from skillet, retaining juice.
Cook onion in juice until tender.
Combine stock, cornflour, Worcestershire sauce, garlic (or garlic powder) and pepper. Add to skillet. Cook and stir until bubbly. Boil and stir 2 minutes more.
Place mushrooms on bread. Top with cheese and onion mixture.
Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches Serves 4
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced 1 substantial egg white 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup cornflour 1/2 teaspoon roughly ground black pepper 1 pound green tomatoes (3 medium), cut in 1/2-inch slices 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise dressing 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 4 green-leaf lettuce leaves 8 slices firm whole-grain or white bread, toasted
Cook mushrooms. Drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, in pie pan, beat egg white and salt. In another pie pan, combine cornflour and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Dip tomato slices in egg-whites to cover both sides, then dip in cornmeal to coat both sides well. Lay on waxed paper.
In mushroom juice in skillet, cook tomato, a few at a time, on medium-high heat until golden brown and heated through, around 3 minutes. Drain.
In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, chives and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Spread on toast. Arrange lettuce, tomatoes, and mushrooms between toast slices.
Greek Salad Heroes Serves 2
3/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber 2 tablespoons ripe olives 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano 2 Roma or small tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 (2 1/2 ounce) submarine rolls 2 lettuce leaves
Combine first 8 items in a small bowl; mix lightly. Let stand for 30 minutes, mixing occasionally.
Cut a thin slice off the top of each roll and set aside.
Cut a 2-inch wide, V-shape wedge down the length of each roll (as they do at Subway). Set aside bread wedges for another use.
Drain vegetable mixture. Line each roll with a lettuce leaf then spoon vegetable mixture evenly on top, cover with roll tops.
These healthy sandwich recipes without meat make a lovely snack or light luncheon but can be kept fresh in a lunch box all day.
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