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10 Tasty Meatless Sandwiches

Updated on July 25, 2017

That is if you don't count tuna as "meat."

Not being a meat eater and a big sandwich lover, it's been a challenge coming up with sandwiches that I like. Maybe you have had the same problem.

Before I was off meat, a turkey club on rye was my favorite sandwich. Over the years, the turkey disappeared and was replaced with more veggies including the ever so "tasty" veggie burger.

What I was hoping to do here is share my top ten picks that I actually do eat, even though they aren't all that low fat.

I'm aware that for some true through and through vegans that don't eat cheese, eggs or fish, you may not find these to your liking. For me, they are fun and quick. I've even had some converts once they tried them. So take a look and leave me a tasty comment for your favorite meatless sandwich.

.. and don't forget to take the polls. Thanks!

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#1 Vegan Sub

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  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: one

Ingredients

  • oat - wheat - rye or white sub roll
  • banana peppers
  • green bell peppers
  • black olives
  • tomato
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded cheddar and monterey jack
  • American cheese (white) and shredded mozzarella
  • spinach
  • slivered almonds
  • crushed walnuts or cashews (optional) It's actually pretty good.
  • oregano and pepper seasonings
  • olive oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice the roll length wise and just load it up. I don't use any condiments. Serve with 1 oz Baked Lay's potato chips (optional).
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#2 Toasted Cheese on Oat Bread

Toasted American Cheese on Oat Bread

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  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of oat bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • butter

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. If using a toaster oven be sure to turn the setting to toast.
  2. Butter both slices of bread slightly. Place cheese on one slice of bread. Cover with the other slice butter side facing cheese. Put in heated oven until the bread begins to toast and cheese is melted.

#3 Tomato Cheese Melt on Russian Rye

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Tomato and American Cheese on Russian Rye Bread

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Make this sandwich without the tomatoes and serve it with a cup of tomato & rice soup! Yum!

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Tomato and Cheese Melt Recipe

I love this sandwich and make it a lot, especially in the summer when I have fresh tomatoes from my garden. If you make it without the tomatoes (like a regular grilled cheese), it goes great with a cup of tomato and rice soup.

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8-10 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • freshly sliced tomato
  • 1 slice of America cheese
  • butter
  • 2 slices of Russian rye or what ever bread you like
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat toaster oven/oven to 375 degrees with setting on toast. Butter 2 slices of bread lightly on one side.
  2. Lay cheese then tomato on one slice of bread.
  3. Place the other buttered slice on top making sure butter side faces the inside.
  4. Line a small cookie sheet with foil and put sandwich in the center to toast until bread is slightly browned and cheese begins to melt.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool a minute. Be sure to reset your oven to bake.

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#4 Cottage Cheese on Oat Bread

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Cold & Creamy Cottage Cottage Cheese (2% milk) on Oat Bread

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#5 Natural Applesauce on Oat Bread

Natural Applesauce on Oat Bread

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Sugar Sandwich?

A friend of my mom's once told me that during the war they were so poor that they often ate sugar sandwiches.

Plain sugar on white bread. She still likes it. For me, I've never tried it.

#6 PB & Mini Marshmallows on Oat Bread - I tried this after a student suggested it. I tried it. I liked it. (Haven't done the PB & Bananas yet).

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Photo by favored1 PB and marshmallows

Poll: PB & M

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Have you ever eaten marshmallows on your sandwich?

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Yes, someone (not me) actually ate this: Tortilla chips & PB on oat bread! They said, "Ya know, it wasn't that bad."
Yes, someone (not me) actually ate this: Tortilla chips & PB on oat bread! They said, "Ya know, it wasn't that bad."

You say tomato, I say tomatoe! How do you spell it?

For as long as I can remember there has been a debate over the tomato/e. Is it a fruit or vegetable? Do you spell it with or without an "e". So why stop the debate now? Here are what some people are saying:

Tomato of course

FashionMommy 5 years ago It is a fruit and I spell it without an e.

JGracey 5 years ago It's a fruit, and tomato is spelled without an e, unless it's plural (like tomatoes).

natashaely 5 years ago It does not have an e on the end. You only put that in when you make it a plural and it becomes tomatoes!

Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco Yes, I spell it without the e, and I'm originally from the Midwest, so I say tow-may-tow. My dad, who haled from an almost southern part of the Midwest used to say "tuh-may-tuh."

KateHonebrink 5 years ago No 'e', except when used in the plural form with an 's' after the 'e'.

RetroMom 5 years ago Tomato and tomatoes when plural.

lilymom24 5 years ago tomato. Definitely without the "e" ;)

TOMATOE, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT.

Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida I still spell it with the e even though I think it is wrong but that is how it comes out. I realize it is a fruit but my I really feel like it is a veggie.

Poll

Tomato or Tomatoe?

How do you spell it?

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#7 Egg Salad on Bagel

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Egg Salad, American Cheese, fresh bib lettuce from my garden,

mayo on a cinnamon raisin bagel. Just picked my berries too.

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  • Prep time: 8 min
  • Cook time: 2 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 tablespoons (or more if desired) of light mayonnaise
  • 1 fresh pre-sliced cinnamon raisin bagel
  • freshly picked bib lettuce
  • 1 slice of American cheese
  • ground black pepper
  • optional : oregano - paprika - Italian seasonings

Instructions

  1. Peel cold hard boiled eggs.
  2. Chop very finely in a small bowl.
  3. Add seasonings (to taste). I don't add salt, there is plenty in the cheese and mayo. I like adding the seasonings before the mayo to make sure they are evenly distributed.
  4. Stir/fold in mayonnaise. Using a fork, mash the eggs against the sides of the dish for a creamier texture.
  5. Layer half of the bagel with egg salad, cheese, lettuce and top with the other side of the bagel.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit and beverage.

Poll: Are you a vegan if you eat tuna? How about cheese or eggs? - Does this look "tasty?" Of course the lighting wasn't that good, but really...

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Can you still be a vegan if you eat fish?

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#8 Tuna and Cheese on Russian Rye

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Solid White Albacore Tuna and American Cheese on Russian Rye

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#9 Tuna on Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

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Solid White Albacore Tuna and American Cheese on a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

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#10 Tuna Melt

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Solid White Albacore Tuna and American Cheese on

Jewish Rye, Oat Bread, Pumpernickle or Russian Rye

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Tuna Salad Recipe - Basic recipe I use for my tuna sandwiches.

Solid White Albacore Tuna and American Cheese on Oat Bread or Russian Rye.

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8-10 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • Solid White Albacore Tuna (packed in water) drained from 5 oz can
  • 1 Slice of American Cheese
  • 2 slices of whatever bread you like - I prefer Jewish rye for a tuna melt.
  • 2 tablespoons of Light mayonnaise (or amount you prefer)
  • Seasonings: ground black pepper and oregano
  • Optional: buttercrunch or bib lettuce
  • Optional: chopped celery and onion

Instructions

  1. Drain tuna. In a small bowl break up the tuna into small pieces with a fork.
  2. Add seasonings and stir well adding mayo a little at a time.
  3. Spoon out onto bread, top with cheese and bread.
  4. Note: For a plain tuna sandwich - I like my tuna salad really cold, so I make sure the tuna is already in the frig before I made this. If you prefer, make up the tuna salad and place in the refrigerator for about an hour before making your sandwich.
  5. Note: Tuna melt instructions - Preheat toaster oven/oven to 375 degrees with setting on toast. Line a small cookie sheet with foil and put sandwich in the center to toast until bread is slightly browned and cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven and let cool a minute. Be sure to reset your oven to bake.

Poll: Bring it on ...

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Did you find a sandwich you might like to try? If so, which one. If not, why not?

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I hope you had a bit of fun today. - Maybe not to your liking? What is your favorite sandwich?

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting. Glad to "serve" :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      WoW! Great Lens and Yummy Topic! Thank You for Sharing! Best Wishes :) P.S. I like them all! ;)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Gypzeerose: I could go for one right now. especially a Jersey tomato.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      I like organic only tomatoes on a sandwich, with some nice mayonaisse. Pinned to my vegetarian board.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @John Dyhouse: SO funny :) My husband is the same.

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      Lots of great recipes but I must admit I love cooked meats in between my bread

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      JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I want to try the all veggie one - looks tasty!

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 4 years ago

      I count tuna as meat, but the other ideas sound delicious and I hope to try them :)

      Li Li

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      I do eat meat, but i would love to try giving it up. These different recipes make me want to try, great lens!

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      I eat a lot of veggie sandwiches with oil and vinegar, but you have some really interesting suggestions that I'll have to try! Plus you take gorgeous photos that make me want to eat the computer screen.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      Really great lens. These sandwiches all look so delicious. I like cheese sandwiches and tuna sandwiches myself.

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      JGracey 5 years ago

      Pretty interesting to see recipes for sandwiches - mostly because I eat alone a lot, I'll just do a sandwich, and mostly make up my own fillings too. You kinda get bored with the "same-old-thing", so I enjoyed reading some of your recipes. I'm not a fan of tomatoes (unless they're stewed), but my mother had an awesome sandwich recipe for tomatoes that you might like. I'll send it to you.

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Great recipes. I don't eat any veggies except potatoes, peas, green beans, turnips and collards so I would never survive as a vegetarian. Those tomato and cheese sandwiches sure did look good even though I don't eat tomatoes!~

      As for the tortilla sandwich...I LOVE taking BBQ chips and mayo, slapping them in between two slices of white bread and crunching away. Lots of may and lots of crunch...It may be a heart attack in the making but it sure is good.

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      Really good recipes on here, very interesting and makes me hungry! Great page :)

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      My favorite all-time sandwich is egg salad with spring salad greens on any type of whole grain bread with plenty of mayo.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Great article!!! Congrats on being featured on the cheesiest monsterboard!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very nicely put together lens! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Really yummy looking sandwiches. Thank you for the recipes.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Wow, these look absolutely delicious! Even though I do eat meat, I'm going to have to try some of your fabulous meatless sandwiches! Heartily Blessed by a Squid Angel! :)

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I remember sugar sandwiches from when I was away at school in Ireland, many years ago. I wasn't so keen on it because they had a gritty texture but the other economy sandwich was beetroot, which I loved and still eat.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Everything looks delicious.

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      atomicgirl24 5 years ago

      Some of these look amazingly tasty (Tomato Cheese Melt on Russian Rye) but others... sorry to say but they leave me a bit queasy (cottage cheese? really?). At any rate, this was certainly an entertaining lens!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      I'm eating a salami & cheese sand with pickles and lettuce. Add a little vinegar, mayo, salt, and pepper and YUM! =)

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      My favorite meatless sandwich has muenster and cheddar cheeses, tomatoes, spinach and sprouts, wrapped in a grilled flatbread with ranch dressing! It's amazing!

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      Sabre1000 5 years ago

      You can get used to veggie subs very quickly if you try...LOL

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      Oh dear, this caught me right at lunch time, and your sandwiches are a whole lot better than my sandwiches.