Friday, September 5, 2014

Vegan Mofo Day 3: The TST Sandwich: Tofu, Spinach, Tempeh

Move over BLT- TST is taking over!
Welcome to my Vegan Mofo Day 3! I may be days behind, but nothing is going to stop me from 30 posts. Not even school! Oh, here's the official blogroll. Cannot wait to catch up with everyone this weekend! Yessss!!!!!
A few months ago, on lunch break, I went into nearest health food restaurant and tentatively ordered a cold tofu sandwich. Mind you, after some bad tofu "egg" salad experiences, I wasn't exactly gung ho on the idea. But it was the cheapest vegan sandwich option on the menu at $5. In the end, sandwich had been soooo amazing. They topped with with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pumpkin seeds. Delicious myriad of flavors y'all. Just good. I've been obsessed with tofu as "cold cuts." It's so much cheaper than most fake meats. With salt, black pepper, and whatever else is on hand, it is simple efficiency for lunch on the go too! I have a full schedule this fall semester and a quick meal is a must.
Now a TST is a lot like a BLT sans the bacon. Spinach is a great alternative to lettuce. Popeye loves it and so do I. Fried tempeh (bacon element) is prepared in coconut oil spray. I'm sure you all have heard the devastating news about Trader Joe's organic coconut oil. The demand is so high that it's taking a long log while to reach store shelves. Hoping it won't be forever. I need for more than cooking.
Lastly, cold tofu married to garlic salt, curry powder, and lemon pepper centers spinach and tempeh. Add tomato slices to make this a TTST. 

The TST Sandwich: Tofu, Spinach, Tempeh Ingredients And Preparation

4 slices, bread of choice
Treeline Garlic Cashew Cream (yummy review coming up!)
extra firm tofu slices
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
coconut oil spray
tempeh (seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon paprika)
other fixings like red onion, avocado, tomato, etc

Get tofu as dry as possible. If you have a tofu press, I'm officially envious.
Rub garlic salt, curry powder, and lemon pepper onto tofu. Sit aside.
Coconut oil pan and toss in seasoned tempeh strips. Cook each side for about 5 minutes.
Layer bottom of bread with spinach and top another with Treeline Garlic Cashew Cream.
Top spinach with tofu, three slices of tempeh, and bread.

Sandwiches on demand.
Served with a side of Traer Joe's delicious 100% Carrot Juice. Mmmmhmmm!
Tofu is far from bland despite the naysayers.

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