Hungry Haley

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Stuffed Veggie Sandwich (Vegan, GF option)

Sandwich, Bread, Vegan, Whole-GrainHaley HansenComment

My lab group had just whisked the whole-wheat flour with the all-purpose into a cup of sugar-and-salt-dissolved warm water, and were ready and excited beyond measure to conquer this focaccia recipe. Stand-mixer mixing, now all we had to do was wait, let the dough rise, and bake. Easy, right? 

Easy when the lights are on and the mixer actually works and the oven heats; not so easy when the power goes out and the entire kitchen becomes a pitch-black enclosed box of hungry nutrition students, sole intention to stuff our faces with six different loaves of bread. Yeah, well, there goes our hopes and dreams for the day. There goes any plans of face-stuffing with freshly baked bread. There it goes. 

That's just a little story - a not-so-happy one, might I add - from my nutrition class last quarter. Seriously, there's NOTHING worse than feeling your excitement for bread breathe its last breath, as if its oxygen source were the power systems keeping Cal Poly's student kitchen up and running. Ugh, it still brings tears to my eyes. 

BUT I'm a big girl (I'm 20 now!) and Fergie says that "big girls don't cry". And I say that big girls just dust themselves off, walk home, and make their own darn sandwich with store-bought bread, pack it up nicely and take it to-go for a long afternoon of studying. Big girls don't cry; they make their own food and study hard. 

Man, that doesn't sound too great... 

Okay I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry - I'm done being a Debbie Downer. This sandwich deserves so much more than my self-pity because it lifted my crushed spirits on that dreary, freshly baked bread-less day. It restored my hope and confidence in my ability to do big-girl things. 

YOU TOO CAN DO BIG GIRL THINGS. I believe in you, and so does this sandwich :) 

Makes 1 sandwich

2 slices whole-grain bread (or gluten-free, if needed)
2 tbsp. hummus
1/3-1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 bunch fresh spinach or lettuce
Nutritional yeast, to taste
Optional: hot sauce, cilantro, vegan cheese 

  1. Toast the bread, if preferred. Spread 1 tbsp. hummus on each slice, sprinkle with nutritional yeast, and lightly press the black beans into each slice to make sure they have something to hold onto in the sandwich. 
  2. Lay the veggies on top in any order you like, then close 'er up and dig in. 
  3. Wrap in a paper towel and plastic baggie if you're packing lunch (no refrigeration needed if eating in the same day). 
  4. Enjoy!