Vegan Chick’n Sandwich

This sandwich makes a warm, satisfying lunch.  I got the idea from my bAlt recipe.  I figured it wouldn’t be hard to switch out the protein and still make a delicious sandwich.

It didn’t take long either.  The longest part was prepping the Gardein Chick’n patty.  I cut the time down by putting it into the microwave for one minute, then frying until golden brown on each side.

While that was going, I toasted the Eureka bread and slathered with Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo, by now you should know that is my favorite.  I sliced the avocado and tomato and added it to one slice, and put a big pile of organic lettuce on the other slice.  When your chick’n patty is ready, just add it on top.

I absolutely LOVED this sandwich.  Don’t forget to sprinkle your tomato with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Ingredients:

  • Grainy Bread
  • Gardein Chick’n Patty
  • Hellmann’s  Vegan Mayo
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Organic Lettuce
  • Salt and Pepper

Prep Chick’n Patty using any method on package.  Toast bread.  Add mayo, avocado, tomato, and lettuce.  Salt and Pepper Tomato.  Add Chick’n patty.  Enjoy!

 


Mandarin Chick’n Buddha Bowl

I have been seeing Buddha Bowls for years and have always admired how beautiful and healthy they look.  But for one reason or another, I never got around to trying them until this last month.  Honestly, I think the tipping point was all the amazing photos I have been seeing every day on Instagram.  I was literally liking ALL of the posts I saw, and finally decided to try making one for myself.  My go-to for recipes is always Pinterest, so I went in search of recipes and ideas to try.  This recipe is my first attempt with the concept.  I actually made this for lunch for myself last time I was visiting my daughter in St. Augustine.  She saw it and asked if I would make her one as well.  She must have really enjoyed it, because she requested it again while I was in town for Mother’s Day weekend.  This time I remembered to take photos of the process, so you guys could try it.

Buddha Bowl’s are called that because of the top of the bowl.  It’s supposed to be nice and rounded like a Buddha Belly.  In other words, don’t skimp on what goes in!  After looking around, I realized the concept isn’t hard and it makes for a quick, easy, and delicious meal.  You can also be super creative with your ingredients.  There are so many options to try!

You need 5 things to really make your Buddha Bowl tasty.  Here are a few ideas to start with:

  1. Starch: Rice, Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Rice Noodles, Couscous…
  2. Veggie Protein:  Tofu, Edamame, Tempeh, Gardein Chick’n, Peas…
  3. Veggies: Broccoli, Carrots, Asparagus, Avocado, Cukes, Lettuce, Sprouts…
  4. Toppings: Pistachios, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Cranberries…
  5. Sauce:  Eel Sauce, Goddess Dressing, Vinaigrette, Balsamic Glaze, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice…

I obviously have listed the tiniest bits of the available options.  If I tried to list them all, we would both be exhausted.  What I tried to do with this bowl, was to pick a theme and run with it.  The idea for this one came from two places.  First, I found the Ready to Serve Minute Rice in a two pack of individual serving sizes.  All you have to do is pop the top and microwave for 60 seconds (90 seconds for two).  I know, I know…not the healthiest way to make rice, but I need quick and easy sometimes.  Then, I saw the gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n which I have been wanting to try, but haven’t.  I immediately put the two together in my head and decided to go in an Asian direction.

First step, prep ingredients according to package directions. I used the pan fry option.  Be sure to use medium low heat for the Chick’n or it will burn on the outside and still be cold on the inside.  Also, put the sauce in at the VERY end after the chick’n is browned on both sides and ready to come off the heat. If not, it sticks to the pan terribly.  I popped the rice and edamame in the microwave to prepare.  The edamame ended up a little wrinkly, so steaming would probably be a better option there.  I did steam the broccoli for a few minutes.

Once your ingredients are ready, start filling your bowl.  I chose to add a bed of spring mix lettuce on the bottom. I like what happens to lettuce when you add warm things on top.  The slight wilt actually makes it easier for me to digest.  Skylar, however, did not like the lettuce at all.  Use it or don’t, it’s all personal preference.  If you hate wilted lettuce, definitely don’t use it.

On top of the lettuce, I dumped the rice cups upside down.  I thought it actually looked pretty cool in that shape.  Around the rice, I added the broccoli, mandarin chick’n, and edamame.  After that I drizzled eel sauce over the top…eel sauce is vegan…who knew?  I just found out this month. I haven’t eaten it in years, so I was super happy to be able to enjoy it again.  At the very end, I sprinkled the top with sesame seeds, salt and pepper.

Remember, people eat with their eyes first, so try to make it look pretty.  Don’t just toss the broccoli in; set it so the floret is up and the stem is down. Pile the chick’n in a pretty pile, and when you put the edamame on, leave a bit of the rice showing through.  It looks pretty that way and people know exactly what they are getting.  And don’t just dump some sauce on top of your bowl!  Drizzle it…make a nice pattern.  Make it pretty, even if you are making one bowl just for yourself.  You deserve delicious looking and tasting food.

As always, leave a comment.  Let me know what you think.  Did you make any changes?  Did you explore an entirely different theme?  I am always looking for delicious new options, so your feedback is appreciated!