A plant-based diet is a healthful choice. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans state, "Consistent evidence indicates that, in general, a dietary pattern that is higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact."
While it is easy to find vegetarian meals like chili, lentils, soups, pasta, and stir fry dishes, it is often sometimes a challenge to think about what to eat for a sandwich.
We discovered that making a tartine or an open-faced sandwich is very appealing for those wanting a more plant-based diet.
Here are 3 creation sensations that will send you right to the kitchen tonight!
Open faced veggie burger. We found that Dr Praeger's vegetarian burgers are delicious. But we did not want to put them on a white hamburger bun. Instead we grilled slices of a portabella mushroom and served one big open-faced veggie burger. Here are the layers:
- artisan bread
- mashed avocado
- hot veggie burger
- onion (shallot)
- grilled portabella mushroom slices
- drizzle of thousand island dressing or tomato aioli sauce
Check it out!
By making it open-faced, it becomes a gourmet treat that is not compared with a spongy-bunned greasy counterpart. It is different, creative, colorful, and tall!
Check out the next creation made with peanut butter, bananas, and toasted hazelnuts:
And finally, here is a delicious way to serve avocado toast. Start with an artisan style loaf of bread. We are using cranberry walnut bread with just one slice per sandwich. Next we add a small half of a Haas avocado that is thinly sliced and spread out across the bread. And finally we top it all with a chopped salsa.