Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meatout 2011: Chick'n Bacon Ranch Sandwich & Greek Salad

Meatout is a worldwide event run by FARM that takes place yearly. From their website, "On (or around) March 20, thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational events for Meatout- the world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. Activists distribute free food, educate their communities, and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to "kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains." 

As a part of the activism for Meatout, they have asked me and many other bloggers to hold an e-event by posting a special recipe on their blog today, March 20th. In honor of this, I decided to make a rather simple but delicious meal.

Chick'n Bacon Ranch Sandwich

* Prep Time: 5 minutes
* Cook Time: 15 minutes
* Ingredients (for sandwich):
  • 1 Gardein Chickn Scallopini patty*
  • 2 slices of Lightlife veggie bacon*
  • 1 romaine lettuce leaf
  • 1 slice of vegan cheese*
  • 1/4 of avocado, sliced
  • 1 bun*
  • 1 tbsp vegan ranch (or to taste)
* Ingredients (for ranch):
  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise*
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or to taste)*
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic red wine vinegar
* Recipe (for ranch):
  1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well.
* Recipe (for sandwich):
  1. In a small skillet, fry the chick'n patty until golden brown on each side.
  2. In the same skillet, fry up two slices of veggie bacon until slightly crispy on each side.
  3. Again in the skillet, toast the insides of a sliced roll until crispy.
  4. Construct the sandwich by bottom bun, lettuce, chick'n, bacon, and cheese. Microwave the sandwich so the cheese melts. Add the avocado and ranch. Top with the remaining half of the bun.
* Note: Gardein is a great all vegan product that can be found in most grocery stores now. I used the Chick'n Scallopini because I wanted to have a "chick'n breast" on my sandwich. One could also have used a Boca chickn patty or another brand. Lightlife makes a vegan bacon that is pretty good. Again, one can find it in many grocery stores. For cheese, I used a local brand of vegan Muenster. The company is called Ste Martaen and they have a great line of cashew cheeses here in Chicago. They also happen to co-run the vegan food truck which is awesome! The bun I used was a ciabatta bun, but feel free to use a hoagie roll or something else. For vegan mayonnaise, I prefer Vegenaise over other brands. Their dressing mayonnaise works so well to make ranch. Lastly, for the milk, feel free to use any non-dairy milk.

Greek Salad

* Prep Time: 10 minutes
* Cook Time: n/a
* Ingredients (for salad):
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup black olives
  • 1/3 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium vine tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 large cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy feta*
* Ingredients (for dressing):
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, juice squeezed
  • 2 tbsp garlic red wine vinegar

* Recipe (for salad):
  1. Chop all the vegetables and combine well in a bowl. Take half the vegetables and place in one bowl, the other half in another bowl.
  2. Top with 1 tbsp soy feta on each bowl.
  3. Lastly, add the salad dressing to each bowl.
* Recipe (for dressing):
  1. Combine the oregano, salt, pepper, lemon, and vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk in the olive until combined.
* Note: For soy feta, I used Sunergia Soyfoods brand. It's pretty good. Feel free to skip this part if you don't want to order it.


Cindi said...

Now that's a sandwich! WOW! Thanks so much for participating in our Meatout blogger event! Hope to see lots more of your recipes! Thanks again - the photos look awesome! Cheers for the animals! ~ Cindi

James said...

Your Greek Salad recipe is GREAT! and the picture looks so good as well. Thanks for posting.

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