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vegetarian sandwiches

Spruce Up Your Veggie Sandwich

It’s no surprise that here at the Brick Market & Deli, we love sandwiches. We appreciate a well crafted mix of meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments cradled by fresh bread. The possibilities are limitless. For our vegetarian and vegan friends, a little creativity can go a long way. Below are some tips to enhance your veggie sandwiches.

veggie and lentil sandwichAdd Beans

A great source of nutrition, beans can provide health benefits as well as a flavorful new texture. Mashed up or used in its original form, beans can help to make you feel satisfied longer. Feeling hesitant? Come in & try out Lentilicious sandwich, packed with lentils and veggies – you won’t be disappointed.

Pile On The Veggies

Why not? Since veggies are healthy (and presumably your favorite kinds), double up for a more filling meal. Or try different flavor combinations, such as adding roasted red peppers, beets, or avocado to change things up. Adding avocado slices brings a contrasting texture, great flavor, along with healthy fats and B vitamins. Or instead of slicing it, mash it up and use it as a healthy (and vegan) spread.

Vegan Spreads

Most people don’t like their sandwiches dry, so for an easier way to add moisture and more flavor, try using mashed avocado (as mentioned),  hummus, hot sauces, mustards, or olive spreads/tapenades. Or you can opt for making your own spreads at home, and, thanks to the Internet, there are numerous recipes at our fingertips. These recipes are usually healthier and easier on the wallet.

Bread Alternatives

The bread can make or break a sandwich. Depending on your diet, you may want to nix the bread all together. Or if you want to try something different, transform your sandwich into a wrap. You can use tortillas, pita bread, or some even use collard greens. If you’re into DIY, you can even make your own bread, tailored to your flavor and texture preferences.

Adapt The Classics

Vegans & vegetarians can enjoy adapted versions of meaty sandwiches like the Reuben or a Philly Cheesesteak. Things like tempeh, seitan or tofu are delicious, protein rich replacements. If you’re in the mood for a burger, simply substitute a veggie patty, either store bought or homemade, and top it with your favorites. For great alternative recipes, check out our Pinterest page.

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Don’t feel like making your own sandwich? Come down to the Brick Market & Deli and we’ll gladly craft a yummy sandwich for you!

Happy Veganuary!

It’s a New Year – how are your resolutions holding up? It’s never too late to make a change in your life, so why not try something new? If you haven’t gone vegan already, take the Veganuary pledge and go vegan for the month of January.

In 2013, husband and wife Matthew Glover and Jane Land founded Veganuary, inviting people to adopt the vegan lifestyle for the month of January. The pledge allows people to try vegan food and learn about how a vegan lifestyle can greatly impact various aspects of our lives. Going vegan is like taking vegetarianism a step further. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry, but vegans avoid all animal foods (meat, dairy, eggs), animal derived products (leather, wool), and products tested on animals. According to the Vegan Society, “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” 

By going vegan for the month of January, you will be practicing healthier eating habits while reducing your carbon footprint and saving animals from inhumane treatment. You will be trying something new and learning about how your dietary habits can affect your health. The pledge encompasses giving up meat and dairy and only buying animal cruelty-free products and clothing.

It may be hard to get started, but once you take the pledge at Veganuary.com, they will supply you with various resources, including tips, shopping lists, recipes, and more. You will also have a support system at your fingertips, with others who have taken the pledge offering encouragement and advice.

This pledge could potentially lead to a permanent lifestyle change. Many have reported that going vegan has helped improve other health issues, thus leading to a permanent vegan lifestyle. Making the pledge is a commendable act in itself, whether you decide to continue the vegan lifestyle or not.

If you decide to take the pledge, let us know! Post on our Facebook wall or Google+ page, tweet us, or tag us in your photos. You can also visit our Pinterest pages for some delicious and creative vegan recipes.

At the Brick Market and Deli, we offer a vegetarian Lentilicious sandwich that can be made vegan, and many of our soups are also vegan. If you have any questions regarding our foods, please ask one of our employees. We are always happy to help. Visit us in store Monday-Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm, or check us out online.