What to put in a sandwich if your vegan? – that is the question!!! Or on toast or on top of a baked spud!!
Can be bought in jars in oil and make a great addition to a sandwich. These can be added to salad or hummus or used to make a spread. Bargain shops like Home Bargains and Lidl also have these cheaper than supermarkets.
with roasted peppers
with pesto and tomato
mashed with salad
BABA GANOUSH (aubergine dip)
with picked beetroot or roast peppers
Great hot in a sandwich!
with chocolate, chocolate spread, melted chocolate, soft brown sugar, dates,chopped nuts, dried fruit, nut or seed butter, jam, grated apple, cinnamon, pie filling.
BEETROOT – raw, cooked or picked.
Sliced beetroot with thinly sliced onion, tomato and salad cream. Yum!
Use vegan bacon and add lettuce, tomatoes and salad cream.
CHEESE – there is so many vegan cheeses (blocks, slices and grated) these days that we have a dedicated blog post on it. Cheezly and Sheese also been around for years with about 9 flavours each and Sheese makes the Tesco and Sainsbury’s own brand free from cheese. Now there is many new vegan cheese companies although usually only available through online stores or health food stores. Violife seem to be the only one widely available in Supermarkets. So vegan cheese with all the usual combinations really – easy!
Sundried tomato paste and vegan cheese
Vegan cream cheese comes in several flavours from brands such as sheese, Violife Tesco or Sainsbury’s free from or Tofutti or other small independent companies. See dedicated post.
Cream cheese and strawberry jam
Cream cheese with dried fruit and sunflower seeds
Cream cheese with pickle
Plain cream cheese with yeast extract
Ready made or a recipe served with salad.
Mash and mix with herbs or spices or salad cream and serve with salad. Hundreds of variations and cheap too.
with raisins, banana, chopped nuts or all- see our dedicated article for more info
Some dips are great for sandwiches, others are a little runny, but still good to add a bit spread within a sandwich for flavour.
If you see a dip recipe that you might fancy as a spread don’t be scared of thickening it with breadcrumbs or beans to make it into a spread or add less liquid then the recipe says instead and it might work.
I made a Pea and mint dip into a spread last week. I don’t have the recipe I based it on know as it was out of a library book, but basically as far as I remember it was pouring boiling water over frozen garden peas in a colander and then whizzing them with mint and water. I then added some breadcrumbs to thicken and left in the fridge to firm up. Odd, but tasty!
FALAFELS are available from all major supermarkets. Branded and supermarket brands. They can be bought fresh or frozen, some ready to eat, others to warm or cook. Also packet mixes from supermarkets and health food stores.
QUORN OR VEGIDEL
GUACOMOLE – yes really a dip, but ideal for a sandwich with lots of extra’s. Just watch out for milk in most brands. Low fat brands are sometimes accidentally vegan.
Canned or in the fridge usually. Serve with salad and pickle! Available from health food stores, supermarkets and M & S.
HUMMUS/HOUMOUS – whichever way you spell it! it is available from every supermarket, most health food store and often even corner shops these days. Plain or lots of very different flavours including ones made with different beans. Just watch out for honey and lemon rind that may be treated with shellac. Here is a few to see the variety, this is not all of them.
Hummus with roasted red peppers or pickled beetroot, avocado, guerkins, picked or fresh cabbage, salad, grated carrots, beansprouts, salsa, or olives. So many additions to add to your hummus buttie!
Also Tesco do a Broad Bean, Asparagus & Mint hummus which makes a change from traditional chickpea based ones.
A spread made from Lotus biscuits, very sweet and you would use as you would use jam basically. Great if combined with chocolate spread, bananas, raisins or other sweet foods.
Fried mushrooms with onion and garlic or homemade mushroom pate, or tartex or granovita brands.
NUT BUTTERS – Not just peanut these days, almond, cashew and hazelnut and combinations too. Supermarkets sell some and if you want combinations or crunchy versions or a wider range, health food stores are your best bet. Peanut butter is sold everywhere and you can even get chocolate ones too. Just watch out for honey that crops up in some like in M & S.
nut butter and jam or fruit spread
nut butter and cucumber
nut butter and raw onion
nut butter and beetroot
nut butter and banana
nut butter and vegemite
nut butter and sliced apple
nut butter and melted chocolate
nut butter and chocolate chip!
nut butter, vegan cheese and jam
nut butter and sultanas (or other dried fruit soaked such as figs, apricots, raisins)
nut butter and sliced tomato
nut butter and pickled onion
nut butter and agave syrup/golden syrup/sweet freedom
nut butter and salad
nut butter with grated carrot
nut butter and sprouted pulses
nut butter and chopped dates
nut butter and coconut
nut butter and kiwi fruit
nut butter and canned peaches
Cold and served sliced with salad or cranberry sauce!
Served with lots of extras or just mayo!
PATES – There are a few vegan pates about, but it is usually health food stores to buy these. Asda sell one or more of the granovita brand in their free from section and sometimes Aldi have these on specials. Sold as long life tubs and tubes usually. Tartex or granovita Pate – mushroom, herbs, tofu, tangy tomato, Vegetarian Tofu Pate – Spicy Mexican (contains palm oil though). Although vbite VegiDeli do a few refrigerated ones. Vegusto (mostly online) also have pates and different sandwich fillings.
fridge – health food shops
VegiDeli mushroom pate, Brussels style pate, beanfeast pate (11 different beans and seeds).
from Polish shops
I love pesto with tomatoes and avocado. It is great added to lots of sandwiches for flavour.
Fried and served with dressing of your choice and salad. Ready make blocks or made from ground polenta.
Served with salad and avocado
Suggestion: with mixed cabbage
Cook and leave to cool and serve with various fillings and sauces
As slices or sliced roasts – cold served with salad
SEED BUTTERS Usually health food stores with a few now popping up in supermarkets.
SLICES – Imitations of meat slices such as chicken, beef, turkey and sage and onion flavours. The largest range and brand is Vbites sold in Health food stores. The sage and onion is sold in Morrison’s. Other brands too, but usually in health food stores or online only. Tofurky has now arrived in the UK too and some places even sell sandwiches ready made with it.
Vbite ‘meat’ slices (ham, turkey, chicken, beef, sage & onion, bacon, garlic sausage style, pepperoni) or chorizo chucks made up in the traditional ways such as
Ham and cheese
Ham, mayo and dried onion
Ham, Dijon mustard, sweet freedom and sesame seeds
These are the vegan margarines I know about in the UK.
If you know of anymore, please do let us know.
There are currently no palm oil free margarines on the market in the England, Scotland and Wales, only seen one brand in Ireland. If this has changed please let me know.
There are recipes out there to make your own with coconut oil or why not just refrigerate olive oil to make your own simple spreadable olive oil margarine.
The Solesta brand has been rebranded and now contains milk sadly.
Aldi sell the new Flora dairy free spread and these Greenvale made for Aldi brands.
Small catering margarines that usually come with things like rolls and jacket potatoes. Only available to the catering trade, but worth checking before you say ‘no butter or marg’ if they use this one. Morrison’s sell them at the café for 10p each and allow you to buy a box full if you want. They can also be frozen.
See UNILEVER below
They also do a avocado one.
Not an actual margarine, but great for making garlic bread.
Garlic Gold has had the dairy taken out and is confirmed vegan.
Today I chose a recipe from this book which I just love. I did a buffet on boxing day and this helped give me ideas and inspiration.
As I slightly amended the recipe, I can safely share it with you. I would definitely recommend the book if you like entertaining.
Approx 220g- 250g carrots, washed and grated
1 yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
50g ground almonds
25g dried dates, finely chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp paprika powder
sprinkle of black pepper to taste
Fry the onion and grated carrot for 3 minutes. Add in the spices and stir round. Add the millet, dates and water and stir well. Bring to boil, cover and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed. Check often to make sure it doesn’t boil dry. Take off the heat and stir in the ground almonds and black pepper. Transfer the mixture into a ovenproof dish and evenly press down. Bake for approx 30 mins at 180/350/Gas 4
Serve in sandwiches with salad or on crackers or similar.
This was our boxing day buffet, featuring this spread on bruschetta, chestnut cashew and apple pate stuffed in tomatoes, chickpea and cashew pate on crackers, leftover turkey roast, cranberry sauce and sage and onion stuffing balls on cocktail sticks and savoury bites. More of these recipes to follow over the next couple of weeks.
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