For most of my working life I had a sandwich for lunch. Ham, beef, chicken, turkey, tuna, cheese, cream cheese, peanut butter, tomatoes, eggs, banana, … and many combinations of these. When I retired, it was a habit I continued, having more or less the same fillings.

But when I went vegan at the start of 2019, it naturally brought in some severe restrictions on the choice of fillings. So, I had to get more adventuresome with the ingredients allowed to me.

Most days, I use two slices of wholegrain bread, with a vegetable spread, based on olive oil. (no butter as it’s dairy, and no margarine as it has trans-fats)

For fillings, I usually start with some chopped up red cabbage and some hummus.
The reason I do this is that in “How Not to Die” it stresses the value of eating, each day, a cruciferous vegetable (like cabbage) and a legume (hummus is made from chick peas), so I deal with both of these together.
If I’m out of hummus, I sometimes use peanut butter (Peanuts are essentially a legume).

Then for variety, depending on my mood, and what’s in the fridge, I might add two, three or four of these ingredients:
Sliced black olives, Lettuce, Spinach, Arugula , Avocado, Sliced radishes, Sliced tomatoes, Sliced apple, Sliced banana, Vegan cheese, Vegan cream cheese, Vegan mayo.

If I’m having legumes later (eg. Baked beans) then I might skip the hummus.
If I’m having cruciferous later (eg. Brussels sprouts) then I might skip the red cabbage, or as a treat, I might, instead of the above, have a peanut butter sandwich with a banana or some other fruit.

I can get plenty of variety this way, and after more than a year, I’m still enjoying my sandwiches and still inventing new combinations.

I don’t always have a sandwich, but I’ve found a great alternative is to mix up the hummus and the other ingredients, and put a heap on the plate. Then toast the bread, and use the ‘fillings’ as a dip.

By the way, today’s sandwich was red cabbage, hummus, sliced olives, tomatoes, avocado, and I followed with a small bowl of mixed nuts and a black coffee. Delicious!


Link to my post “How Not to Die


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