On March 3rd, many people will celebrate National Cold Cuts Day. It’s a day to celebrate one of the most popular lunch items — the sandwich. The good news is that you can enjoy a yummy sandwich packed with mouthwatering ingredients without the meat also!
You can make your own sandwiches at home that would blow away anything on a deli menu. Check out 8 Creative Ideas That Can Turn Your Sandwich from Dull to Delish and then try these 20 Super Veggie Sandwiches and Wraps, 7 Super Vegan Sandwiches, and 12 Veggie Sandwiches to Pack for Lunch. We have even more – so slice your bread and get our your favorite vegan mayo because here are 15 warm and delicious sandwiches that will make you forget all about cold cuts.
1. Maple Tempeh Sandwich with Caramelized Apples and Onions
Get ready to be amazed by this Maple Tempeh Sandwich with Caramelized Apples and Onions. Sweet maple tempeh is sandwiched between two slices of sourdough bread. Then it’s topped with a cashew cheese, and caramelized apples, and onions. This sandwich is the perfect balance of sweet and savory and is truly delicious.
2. Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Many of us can remember those weeknights during our childhood where sloppy joes were on the dinner menu. This recipe for Tempeh Sloppy Joes recreates them with sautéed tempeh and vegetables, covered in a lightly seasoned tomato sauce. Just like the original recipe, these sloppy joes are easy to make and most importantly, amazingly satisfying!
3. Caramelized Shallot and Portobello Open-Faced Sandwich
There’s no law that says a sandwich has to have two slices of bread. Case in point: this Caramelized Shallot and Portobello Open-Faced Sandwich. In this recipe, caramelized shallots and meaty Portobello mushrooms top one slice of crusty whole grain bread. The savory flavors of the shallots and mushrooms mingle with a creamy, yet refreshing homemade cashew cream sauce that’s both lemony and a little cheesy. This is a sandwich that you need to eat with a fork and knife.
4. Roasted Eggplant and Marinated Tomato Sandwich
This Roasted Eggplant and Marinated Tomato Sandwich will transport you to the Mediterranean. Grilled eggplant, marinated tomatoes, hummus, and Kalamata olives are pressed between two slices of toasted homemade bread. Creamy hummus is the perfect spread to go with the savory eggplant and balsamic-marinated tomatoes. You don’t even need a passport for this trip.
5. BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwich
If you want a Southern-style sandwich, this BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwich is for you. Carrots and onions are sautéed until tender, then covered in a smoky homemade barbecue sauce, and served on a bun to create the perfect pulled vegetable sandwich. The result is a sandwich that is spicy, tender, mouthwateringly delicious, and also easy to make. This sandwich is amazing when topped with cool, crunchy coleslaw that contrasts the smoky spiciness at work.
6. Grilled Rajma Masala Panini: Indian Curried Potato and Beans Panini
Give your sandwich an Indian flair with this Grilled Rajma Masala Panini. Soft white potatoes and meaty kidney beans, potatoes, and tomatoes are cooked in curry spices and then grilled between two slices of whole wheat bread. These sandwiches are easy to prepare and great for kids’ lunch boxes. For a cheesy flavor, add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast just before grilling.
7. Southern-Style Pulled Mushroom Sandwich
As far as comfort foods go, loaded sandwiches are among the best of the best. In this Southern-Style Pulled Mushroom Sandwich, shredded, meaty mushrooms are coated in barbecue sauce, and sandwiched between two crusty slices of bread with crunchy coleslaw. This pulled mushroom sandwich is a smoky, sweet, and creamy mess that will leave you giddy with joy.
8. Asian Portobello Sandwich with Wasabi Mayo
When you want something meaty and satisfying, bite into this Asian Portobello Sandwich with Wasabi Mayo. This sandwich is loaded with tons of vegetables and marinated Portobello mushrooms. It’s garnished with the perfect condiments: spicy Sriracha, cool cilantro, and homemade wasabi mayonnaise. This sandwich is so filling, one could easily feed two – but we won’t blame you if you don’t want to share.
9. Avocado and Maple Glazed Tempeh Sandwich
This Avocado and Maple Glazed Tempeh Sandwich is like a symphony of flavors and textures. It’s got creamy avocado, spicy/sweet maple-glazed tempeh, and crunchy, fresh veggies. This is a super-filling sandwich and just what you need to get you through your day. If music is the food of love, this baby is number one on the charts.
10. Roasted Root Veggie Sandwich with Carrot Fries
This Roasted Root Veggie Sandwich is the ultimate veggie sandwich! It’s filled with roasted carrots, parsnips, beets, and potatoes, then topped with fresh guacamole and a creamy homemade cashew cheese. Serve it with a side of crispy, spicy, jalapeño-cumin carrot fries for the perfect meal.
11. Veggie Muffuletta
If you’ve never tried Muffuletta, you are in for a real treat. It’s an Italian dish of country bread stuffed with meats, cheeses, and veggies, that’s flattened into a big pie. This Vegan Muffuletta has eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, and kale plus Kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s packed with flavor, totally delicious and absolutely satisfying.
12. BBQ Tempeh and Coleslaw Sandwiches
Make sure you have extra napkins because these BBQ Tempeh and Coleslaw Sandwiches are going to make your mouth water. They have baked tempeh that’s just dripping with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. It’s topped with a crispy coleslaw and served on a whole-wheat bun. Say hello to your new favorite sandwich.
13. Best Beet Reuben
This beautiful Beet Reuben is a vegan version of the classic sandwich usually made with meat and cheese. Nice thinly sliced beets and turnip take the place of the corned beef with fermented cashew cheese, instead of regular Swiss. Plus some seriously punchy raw sauerkraut on top that is balanced with nutty Rye bread. The sauce, which is a tangy delight, just tops it all off perfectly.
14. Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich
In this Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich, the B stands for “better.” What could be better than smoky bacon made from meaty Portobello mushrooms? Nothing, except having it on this yummy sandwich.
15. “Sausage” Sweet Potato Breakfast Sandwich with Sriracha Maple Aioli
Don’t forget breakfast sandwiches! This Sausage Sweet Potato Breakfast Sandwich with Sriracha Maple Aioli hit all your taste buds. It’s got salty, sweet, and spicy flavors and saucy, crunchy, hot, and chewy textures. –The sriracha maple aioli gives this sandwich a spiciness not usually found in breakfast foods, but the maple reins it in to perfection. The breakfast sausage supplies that cravable saltiness, and the sweet potato coins add texture to make one amazing first meal of the day!
Instead of celebrating the day with a cold sandwich, have one of these warm and mouthwatering sandwiches, made with fresh ingredients instead!
Lead image source: Maple Tempeh Sandwich with Caramelized Apples and Onions