A sandwich is a lunchtime staple. But how do you make a sandwich plant-based with no meat or cheese? Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered with these 3 delicious options.
Choose your fave natural nut butter (I love crunchy almond) and pair it with this delicious 15 minute homemade Strawberry Chia Jam for a healthier, plant based version of PB & J. Unlike store bought jam that’s full of white sugar and little nutrition, this one’s sweetened with only a tablespoon of maple syrup, full of healthy fats and plant based protein from the chia seeds and takes 15 quick minutes to make. No “preserving” necessary.
You might be asking, isn’t a regular peanut butter and jam sandwich already plant based? Not always. Some jams contain gelatin which is a gelling agent made using animal parts. Read the label of your store bought jam to see. If it contains pectin, it’s plant based. If it contains gelatin, it’s not. While you’re at it, take a peek at your nut butter label too. Some brands contain sugar and additional additives. You want the only ingredients to be nuts.
Best bread for this sandwich: Silver Hills Sprouted Power or Little Northern Bakehouse Gluten Free Seeds & Grains
If egg, tuna or chicken salad is your go to sandwich but you want to eat more plant based, this creamy chickpea salad is the perfect substitute. It’s delicious on sprouted grain bread or in a wrap. You can even take it ‘off sandwich’ and enjoy it on a bed of greens like spinach or arugula or with seedy crackers. It’s high in protein from the chickpeas and calcium from the tahini. Feel free to top it with a few crisp pieces of lettuce. Get the recipe here: Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Best bread for this sandwich: LIVE organic wraps or a lettuce wrap
This sandwich is stacked with tons of fresh veggies. There’s no recipe – it’s whatever you like or have in the fridge. Good options include lettuce or greens, sliced tomato, red onion, sliced radishes, cucumber, mashed avocado, pickles. Add hummus, mustard and/or plant based mayo. Sprinkle on some hemp seeds for protein and you’ve got yourself one really delicious sandwich.
Best bread for this sandwich: Your favourite fresh sourdough or Silver Hills Sprouted Power
You’ll want to keep these last two sandwiches in the fridge until lunch. If that isn’t an option for you, try my absolute favourite cooler lunch bag by PackIt. (not sponsored, I actually use it all the time and love it). It has ice packs built right into the bag so you put the whole thing in the freezer and it keeps food cold for hours. No wet or leaky ice packs needed.