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Sunday, September 21, 2008



One of my friends (who also is a blogger and has introduced me to certain blogging things) has been bugging me to do some vegan blogging. So now that I have a blog that is a catch-all for any topic I want to write about, I think it's time to at least start with one recipe.

I have lately gotten hooked on one of those sandwich machines. What this machine does is take a sandwich and, like a waffle iron, cooks the sandwich and presses into a cute shape. I love the way the sandwiches come out. I mentioned this to the above friend at the kiddush (ablations???) at our synagogue yesterday and she asked me what kind of sandwiches I could make that were vegan. So I told her.

The first thing I have to tell you how to make is something I call "green stuff". I should probably come up with a better name -- this makes it sound like something Bartholomew Cubbins ran away from in some perverted Dr. Seuss book. But in reality, my "green stuff" is just a mixture of dark green veggies, some walnuts, some mushrooms and some spices.

This "recipe" (such as it is) calls for Kale, Spinach, other greens as available (when I can get it I add watercress), broccoli, garlic, Shiitake (or your favorite kind) mushrooms (I get them frozen, which makes is SO much easier!), walnuts, oil to sauté with, flax oil, your favorite mustard and spices (I use French's spicy brown mustard and curry powder). I take my large frying pan (with a cover), put in about a tablespoon of canola or olive oil. I add the greens (1/2 to one bunch of kale, about 1/2 bag frozen spinach, about 1/2 bag frozen broccoli and/or a few florets of broccoflower) and about 1/2 bag frozen, sliced mushrooms (sometimes I add a bit of bell pepper, depending on what I have in the house) and a few cloves minced garlic. I sauté (in a covered pan -- stirring occasionally) all this until it's soft (leafy greens are wilted, garlic and mushroom cooked through). I cool a bit, then add this to a handful of walnuts (1/4- 1/2 cup) in a food processor, add spices and mustard and 2 Tablespoons flax seed oil (for omega-3 fatty acids) and process in the food processor until very smooth. I then put this in a container and keep it in the refrigerator (it's best when used within a week -- it smells REALLY bad when it spoils).

Another thing I make that I often use in the sandwiches is sautéed vegetables. I do this with the same large frying pan, add a Tablespoon of canola or olive oil, chop up bell peppers (the more colors the better -- green, red, yellow, orange, purple -- purple's my favorite), garlic, sometimes onion or red onion, zucchini, sometimes eggplant, chestnuts (when I have them), mushrooms (see above), whatever interesting veggies I run across in my meanderings during the week (lately I've been adding purple potatoes)..... add a bit of grated fresh ginger (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon), then add the veggies, mustard (see above), curry powder (or your favorite spices) and sauté (in a covered pan), stirring occasionally, until everything is cooked. I either eat it then or store it in the refrigerator.

So, now, back to the sandwiches.....

First, I warm up the sandwich maker. Then I take either an English muffin (I use sprouted grain bread) or two slices of my favorite bread -- I spread one side with "green stuff". If I have hummus in the house, I spread hummus on the other side. As a filling, I add either the sautéed vegetables or sliced black olives. I close the sandwich, brush canola or olive oil on top, flip the sandwich onto the sandwich maker and brush oil on the other side. Close and lock the machine (each machine is a bit different) and cook until brown.

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