Monday, February 19, 2007

Spreads and Sandwiches

I like margarine a lot, but let’s face it, it’s just a tub of fat destined to make your bum bigger. So, when I found a recipe for Easy Veggie Butter in How It All Vegan using tofu I had to try it. It’s basically tofu and oil blended together with a little salt for flavour and a little turmeric for colour. I usually use Earth Balance Whipped which has about 144g fat per cup, whereas this has about 33g fat per cup. That’s about 78% less fat! It whips up in a flash and you can slather it on your toast for 78% less guilt!
Once you have made your Easy Veggie Butter you can then progress to adding other stuff in to it and transforming it in to a spectacular sandwich spread. Next recipe along from the butter in the book is Stephanie’s Nummy Yummy Veggie Spread. Let’s just call it Nummy Spread for short. This adds herbs, garlic, tomato, peppers and onion.
And if you feel you haven’t added enough yet, you can do what I did and mash up some chickpeas and mix them in to the nummy spread to make a super spectacular sandwich spread.
This is the final sandwich with some lettuce, tomato and guacamole added. I also attempted to make a cute little radish rosette like Jennifer’s at Vegan Lunch Box. I didn’t bother to go back and look at Jennifer’s photo before making my radish rosette, if I had it might have turned out a little better...or perhaps not! This is another sandwich using the same sandwich spread. No chickpeas this time, but I have added lettuce, yellow pepper, tomato and cucumber.

So, the Easy Veggie Spread is great on toast. It doesn’t taste much like margarine before you put it on something else though... On it’s own it does just kind of taste like tofu and oil. The nummy spread is a nice change for eating on a sandwich. I did find the onion and garlic a little strong, so I’d probably cut down on them next time and maybe add some different veggies.


Melody said...

Everything looks delicious.. and I loved your previous posts... you made a broken pestle look artistic...

aTxVegn said...

Great looking sandwiches! I have never liked butter, but I love onion and garlic so I would really like that nummy spread.

Anonymous said...

I love sandwiches AND I'm sorta addicted to Earth Balance (especially mixed with cinnamon/sugar on toast).

Urban Vegan said...

I am fascinated by the vegan butter recipe--I've never seen it in HIAV, but will definitely look it up, Is it sufficiently margarine-y? Or is it more tofu-y?

scottishvegan said...

Melody, the photo of the pestle and mortar did come out pretty good. I am surprised as I’m not the greatest photographer! It looks really dark, but it was taken on a very sunny and bright afternoon!

atxvegn, you should try the nummy spread if you like garlic and onion...just be sure not to kiss anyone right after!

Midwest Vegan, I have never heard of margarine mixed with cinnamon and sugar on toast. .. I will need to try it! It sounds like it would go well with a cup of hot chocolate!

urban vegan, you can definitely tell that it’s made of tofu when you eat it on it’s own, but on toast I think because it kind of looks like margarine it tricks your brain in to thinking it tastes like it too! It’s not as good as having margarine melting in to your toast, but if you want something lower in fat then it’s a great alternative. By the way,it's on p85 in HIAV if you're looking for it!

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