Tofu Lettuce Tomato Sandwich, a New Vegan Cookbook & a Giveaway

Tofu Lettuce Tomato Sandwich

Book Reviews, Lunch, Vegan | 20th July 2018 | By

There are some really good vegan cookbooks being published these days. What a relief. I remember the days when you were lucky to get a dry as dust burger when you were out. Now there’s all to play for. Award winning vegan street food pioneers David & Charlotte Bailey ‘s book: Fresh Vegan Kitchen, is one of the good ones. Their TLT or tofu lettuce tomato sandwich has completely won me over to the wonders of smoked tofu. I have a copy to giveaway for one lucky reader. You’ll find details near the end of the post.

Fresh Vegan Kitchen

Fresh Vegan Kitchen: delicious recipes for the vegan & raw kitchen by the founders of Wholefood Heaven, David & Charlotte Bailey, is out in paperback this month. It contains over 100 interesting and tasty wholefood recipes from around the world, including raw and gluten-free ones. Some of them are familiar favourites and some I’ve never come across before.

Fresh Vegan Kitchen: delicious recipes for the vegan and raw kitchen

The book starts off with a couple of pages on the health benefits of raw food and some vegan cooking tips. The action kicks off quite quickly with a chapter on Breakfasts. I do love breakfast and if I had a life of leisure, it would be my favourite meal of the day. As it happens I’m usually dashing around too much to enjoy it. The very first recipe is this tofu lettuce tomato sandwich, which is more concisely named TLT sandwich in the book. This is followed by recipes for g’raw’nola (raw granola), black rice pudding, eggy bread and more.

Other chapters are as follows: Soups, Small plates & street food, Salads, Curries & mains, Sides & dips, Desserts, Pickles, spreads & treats and Drinks & smoothies. David & Charlotte are keen to ensure that their recipes, whilst delicious, are also healthy. Even the sweet recipes are mostly ‘sugar free’. Borage and blueberry snow cones are made with rice syrup, raw chocolate brownies are made with dates and the silken tofu chocolate mousse with maple syrup. The sugar recipes do look good though: poached pears with vanilla cashew cream, peanut and black sesame sweet dumplings and churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce – sigh! 

What I particularly liked about the book

If this tofu lettuce tomato sandwich recipe is anything to go by, we’re all in for a fabulous treat.

Fresh Vegan Kitchen TLT Sandwich

The global nature of the recipes really appeals to me. I’m always keen to try vegetarian food from other cultures; they often have a long history of vegan or vegetarian eating and have much to teach us. I’m particularly keen to try making the gyoza dumplings with black vinegar dipping sauce, the ba0 zi steamed buns and Vietnamese summer rolls. As well as food from the Far East, there are plenty of Indian, Mexican and Middle Eastern dishes as well as a few from Europe such as farinataarancini and caesar salad.

The mix of cooked and raw recipes is a nice one. I’m rather wedded to my cooked food, but I do try and get something raw in each day and this book provides a few more ideas. Raw pad thai is calling to me with its Asian flavours and sweet and sour sauce, as is sunomono, a cool and crisp cucumber salad with seaweed. I was interested to note a recipe for raw borsht. I’d come up with something similar a couple of months ago when trying to use up the beets from my beet kvass. Great minds think alike, obviously!

What I think could be improved on

My main quibble with this book is that it’s in paperback. I can see this being a keeper, which means I shall have a hard time stopping it from falling apart. I do try and look after my books, but it’s hard to keep a well used cookbook in good condition at the best of times and softbacks can be a touch too fragile.

There are a few ingredients that probably aren’t that easy to get hold of, such as probiotic powder to make coconut yogurt and raw nut cheese, but most are easily available.

Publisher Details

Fresh Vegan Kitchen: delicious recipes for the vegan and raw kitchen / David & Charlotte Bailey. Published by Pavilion Books in paperback with an RRP of £12.99. ISBN – 9781911624073

Tofu Lettuce Tomato Sandwich

The secret to this most delicious tofu lettuce tomato sandwich is the smoked tofu. I’d never actually eaten smoked tofu before trying out this recipe. I say recipe, but it’s really an assembly job. Now I’m a convert. Fry it up and you have something that almost, dare I say it, resembles bacon. It’s also easy to buy now and is available in supermarkets as well as health food shops.

Tofu Lettuce Tomato Sandwich

As per usual, I didn’t quite follow the recipe as given below. I went a little lighter on the coconut oil and used a teaspoon rather than a tablespoon to fry the smoked tofu in. It produced a delicious crispy result despite the reduced amount. I went a little easier on the mayonnaise too. I also swapped the sauerkraut for some carrot pickles and kohlrabi pickles as that’s what I had to hand. But I reckon a good sauerkraut would be fantastic and I really ought to get back into making it again. The book gives a recipe for this, of course.

So, I sandwiched the crispy smoked tofu in some crusty wholemeal bread along with mayonnaise, mustard, crunchy romaine lettuce, ripe tomatoes, carrot pickles and homegrown parsley. The authors describe this tofu lettuce tomato sandwich as a great brunch for lazy mornings. I made two large ones for lunch, one for CT and one for me and it was one of the best lunches we’d had in a while.

Tofu Lettuce Tomato Sandwich – The Recipe

Tofu Lettuce Tomato Sandwich (TLT Sandwich)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
A delicious quick brunch or lunch vegan sandwich made with smoked tofu.
Course: lunch
Cuisine: British
Keywords: sandwich, tofu, vegan
Servings: 1 sandwich
Author: David & Charlotte Bailey
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or cooking oil of your choice
  • 100 g ⅓ block smoked tofu - thinly sliced
  • 2 thick slices of bread
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2-3 leaves romaine lettuce - washed & shredded
  • 2 tbsp sauerkraut
  • 1 plum tomato - thinly sliced
  • few sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and fry for a few minutes on each side until crisp.
  2. Lightly toast the bread and spread the mayonnaise on one pice and the mustard on the other.
  3. Put the lettuce on top of the mayonnaise, followed by the sauerkraut, tomato parsley and finally the tofu. Season with salt and pepper to taste and close the sandwich with the other slice of bread. Slice in half and enjoy.

 

Other Vegan Sandwich Recipes You Might Like To Try

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Fresh Vegan Kitchen Giveaway

Pavilion Books is offering one Tin and Thyme reader a copy of Fresh Vegan Kitchen. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. 
 
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Fresh Vegan Kitchen

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Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Tracy Nixon
    20th July 2018

    I enjoy Winter Squash Lentil Stew because it is filling and warming during the colder months.

  2. Leave a Reply

    Susan B
    20th July 2018

    Cashew nut stir fry is my favourite vegan recipe as it is super quick, nutritious and I can use whatever vegetables I have in the fridge.

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      Choclette
      20th July 2018

      Sounds perfect. I’m all for dishes you can use whatever you have in the kitchen.

  3. Leave a Reply

    Maxine G
    20th July 2018

    Caponata, a delicious aubergine stew from Sicily, made with olives and capers – a really tasty bowl of the Mediterranean!

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      Choclette
      20th July 2018

      Smoked tofu is a revelation Angie. All you have to do, pretty much, is slice and fry.

  4. Leave a Reply

    Kim Murray
    20th July 2018

    Like Chickpea curry – easy to make and I always have ingredients to hand and then just throw in extra veggies x

  5. Leave a Reply

    Solange
    20th July 2018

    Roasted aubergine because it’s easy to make and tastes really good.

  6. Leave a Reply

    johanna @ green gourmet giraffe
    21st July 2018

    This looks delicious – I love this sort of sandwich esp if the tofu is really crispy. I buy smoked tofu occasionally – I think my favourite way I have used it is with a mustard and honey marinade.

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      Choclette
      21st July 2018

      The tofu was really crispy. Seems to be much easier to achieve this with smoked rather than ordinary tofu. Your marinade suggestion sounds like I need to try it.

  7. Leave a Reply

    Wise Ways
    21st July 2018

    I don’t have one but am reading the replies for ideas

  8. Leave a Reply

    Donna Loxton
    21st July 2018

    Sweet potato and pea curry because it tastes so nice

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      21st July 2018

      Ooh, that sounds delicious. I do love a good curry, but have never tried that combination.

  9. Leave a Reply

    Jane Willis
    21st July 2018

    Butternut squash and sage risotto – I love the creamy texture, and I add chilli for a touch of kick. It’s going to be better than ever soon because at last we have some successful squashes in the garden approaching readiness.

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      Choclette
      21st July 2018

      Oh lovely. Thats one of my favourites too. We didn’t get our garden in order early enough this year to plant squashes, so I’m super envious. Homegrown usually so much better.

  10. Leave a Reply

    Kim Styles
    21st July 2018

    spiced chickpea and tomato stuffed peppers – my friend makes these and they are amazing- lots of herbs and spices involved -its scrummy

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      22nd July 2018

      Oh yes, that does sound good. I make stuffed peppers occasionally, but I’ve not tried them with chickpeas – yet!

  11. Leave a Reply

    Ritchie
    21st July 2018

    My favourite vegan recipe is Puffy Pillow Pancakes from the Isa Does It cookbook – a delicious start to the day

  12. Leave a Reply

    A.E. ADKINS
    21st July 2018

    Either spinach curry or homemade sweet potato ~& red pepper soup. Both are fab

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      22nd July 2018

      I particularly like the idea of your sweet potato & red pepper soup. I bet the colour is glorious.

  13. Leave a Reply

    Hayley Lynch
    22nd July 2018

    Vegetable rissoto you can change veg to seasonal taste .Lovely cold and chilled in Summer but hot in Winter

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      25th July 2018

      Yes, risotto is incredibly versatile and you’ve reminded me I haven’t made any in far too long.

  14. Leave a Reply

    ROBERT MCINTOSH
    22nd July 2018

    I love playing about with dahl recipes, adjusting the spices and adding different vegetables

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      22nd July 2018

      Dhal is probably my all time favourite. So easy, so delicious and so comforting.

  15. Leave a Reply

    iain maciver
    22nd July 2018

    yes this book would be a perfect start as I don’t really have a recipe to get me started

  16. Leave a Reply

    Rebecca Brown
    22nd July 2018

    I love cashew nut based vegan cheesecakes with blueberry topping – yum!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      22nd July 2018

      I have yet to try making a vegan cheesecake, but I absolutely must get around to it. They always look so good.

  17. Leave a Reply

    Richard Eldred Hawes
    22nd July 2018

    Spiced Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup, easy to make and very tasty

  18. Leave a Reply

    Kayleigh Butler
    22nd July 2018

    My favourite vegan recipe is macaroni cheese as it was my favourite meal when I was a vegetarian, although I’ve tried so many and still searching for the one that blows me away!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      23rd July 2018

      Ah yes, macaroni cheese. It’s perfect comfort food. Good luck with your search.

  19. Leave a Reply

    pete c
    22nd July 2018

    favourite is always just a simple baked potato with coleslaw and salad

  20. Leave a Reply

    Ruth Harwood
    23rd July 2018

    Spaghetti Carbonara without the ham/bacon! I know, but I add some Curry powder and some herbs as well as what I can chop that would go well and is in my fridge, all tastes divine!!

  21. Leave a Reply

    Dale Dow
    23rd July 2018

    I tried a recip from Good Housekeeping once, Split Pea Pesto Stuffed Shells
    , it is absolutely declicious!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      25th July 2018

      Ooh that sounds good. I can’t get enough of pesto at the moment and pea pests sounds ace.

  22. Leave a Reply

    Amanda Baggott
    23rd July 2018

    I love roasted mushrooms and peppers

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      25th July 2018

      Mushrooms are just fabulous. I’ve not tried roasting them with peppers though.

  23. Leave a Reply

    Susan Chafer
    23rd July 2018

    Vegetable casserole with Indian spices. I love spicy food.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      25th July 2018

      You’ve come to the right place then Susan. You’ll find many of my savoury recipes are spiced ones.

  24. Leave a Reply

    Emma C
    24th July 2018

    Chickpea and spinach curry with broccoli rice – tastes so good!

  25. Leave a Reply

    jo liddement
    26th July 2018

    I love making vegetable pilaf which is packed with the veggies that i grow on my allotment.

  26. Leave a Reply

    Danielle Spencer
    26th July 2018

    I made some fab vegan browines, they were gorgeous! I loved it because they were chocolate brownies.

  27. Leave a Reply

    ADEINNE TONNER
    27th July 2018

    My favourite vegan recipe has to be vegan chocolate cake honestly i’m addicted to eating it as it tastes so good!

  28. Leave a Reply

    Amy Moore
    29th July 2018

    I love a pumpkin coconut curry on an autumnal night

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      30th July 2018

      Now that is one of my absolute favourites Amy. Mind you I do have rather a lot of favourites 😉

  29. Leave a Reply

    Gina M
    29th July 2018

    I love a vegetable tagine with couscous. So delicious and filling and always brings back great memories.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      30th July 2018

      Yes, I too have good memories of a vegetable tagine with couscous. Keep meaning to make my own.

  30. Leave a Reply

    Dean T
    3rd August 2018

    I love a traditional greek recipe called gigante plakis which is a broad bean and olive oil casserole, delish with crusty bread

  31. Leave a Reply

    Keri Jones
    5th August 2018

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten Vegan but I have vegan friends & family who I would love to cook for xx

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      Choclette
      6th August 2018

      Oh you’re missing a treat. Vegan dishes can be absolutely delicious Keri.

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      Choclette
      7th August 2018

      Smoked tofu seems to crisp up much more easily than the classic variety. Tastes good too.

  32. Leave a Reply

    Melissa Lee
    7th August 2018

    I love falafel burgers with a vegan coleslaw side and sweet potato fries

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      7th August 2018

      That sounds like my kind of meal Melissa. All of those are firm favourites.

  33. Leave a Reply

    SarahP
    8th August 2018

    My favourite recipe is Mushroom Surprise Pies, which always have mushrooms, soy sauce and chilli in them but can contain a wide variety of other ingredients (rice, vegetables, quinoa etc) depending on what I have in the cupboard.

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      Choclette
      8th August 2018

      What a fabulous way of naming a recipe you’re never quite sure how it’s going to turn out. Sounds delicious.

  34. Leave a Reply

    francesco caselli
    8th August 2018

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! i love it

  35. Leave a Reply

    Lynn Neal
    9th August 2018

    Vegetable curry because I can adjust the ingredients to whatever is in season and make a hot and tasty dish!

  36. Leave a Reply

    Margaret Gallagher
    11th August 2018

    My summer burger – fresh vegetables and herbs from my home grown supply – coated in crispy fried onions – great for BBQS or a teatime quick tea

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th August 2018

      These sound delicious. Anything homegrown gets extra brownie points from me 😉 Adore crispy fried onions too.

  37. Leave a Reply

    Sue Watson
    12th August 2018

    I love Thai style hot and sour soup with seitan or marinated tofu – or anything with lentils in.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      13th August 2018

      I don’t think I’ve ever had Thai style soup before. I think that needs to be remedied.

  38. Leave a Reply

    Sue Bielewicz
    13th August 2018

    Spicy black bean soup, thick, rich and tasty. Perfect on an autumn evening

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