Wednesday, March 18, 2015

the green monster // a sandwich

green monster // a sandwich
A sandwich can be a masterpiece. They don't ever have to be boring, they can be bright, beautiful and absolutely delicious.

This sandwich right here. This Sandwich is all those things and more.

green monster // a sandwich
The quality of ingredients and how you layer them can make or break your magnificent sandwich. For me, a perfect sandwich has elements of fresh, cooked, crunchy, savory, sweet and salty.

Portabella bacon covers the cooked with a bit of smokey savory goodness, the olives for salt, baby arugula + pea shoots for the bright crunch + freshness, the bread + avocado spread is your sweet.

green monster // a sandwich
Since making portabella bacon for my eggs bene last month, I have been hooked- it is my new fave ingredient when making sammies.

Smokey, salty, meaty goodness that is so easy to make.

green monster // a sandwich
green monster // a sandwich green monster // a sandwich
green monster // a sandwich
I've been trying to once again, create more balance in every aspect of my life - long winters take a toll on me, I lose focus and kind of throw out my good ,well intentioned lifestyle + habits. On super cold , dark and dreary days it's easier to skip the gym, throw on my comfy clothes, eat fritos and bean dip while binge watching netflix. 

Once the clocks spring ahead, there is more day light making it easier to get to the gym, which in turn brings on a ton of  good energy, directly impacting my mood and how many hours I'm going to invest on the couch with netflix. I have made a better effort to move everyday and refocusing on fueling my body with less processed nourishing foods with room for a treat.

Of course, there's always room for Netflix , Fritos + Bean Dip and a beer or two - just once in awhile and not every other weekend.

green monster // a sandwich
green monster // a sandwich
This Sandwich is a meal all on its own- it doesn't leave you feeling heavy or weighed down, but at the same time it is super filling.

An Epic Sandwich in my book.

green monster // a sandwich
green monster // a sandwich
green monster // a sandwich
The Green Monster // a sandwich
makes 1 sandwich // easily doubled

you will need:

for the smokey portabella bacon:
2 small portabella caps // 1 large + sliced
Pinch apple wood smoked salt ( or sea salt)
drizzle olive oil
liquid smoke 1/8 tsp
Vegan Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp
maple syrup 1/2 tsp

for the avocado spread
1/2 mashed avocado 
1/4 tsp cumin
pinch salt
splash of  orange juice

2 slices of your favorite artisan seeded bread
3/4 cup (combined) pea shoots + arugula // greens
5 green olives // pitted + finely diced
1/4 cup  sliced roasted red + yellow peppers


to make the bacon:
Heat a small pan over medium heat - add all ingredients to pan and cook for 5-8or so minutes, stirring + turning as needed until "bacon" begins to caramelize. Remove from pan and set aside. 
(you will want the portabellas to still maintain some plumpness/moisture)

to make the avocado spread
In a small bowl mash avocado, stir in cumin, salt + orange juice until nice + creamy in texture.

Spread avocado spread on one side of each piece of bread. On one slice of bread, top avocado with greens, top the other slice with diced olives. Layer smokey portabella bacon on top of the olives, then layer the red + yellow peppers on top of the smokey bacon. Place the slice of bread with the greens, facing down on top of the bacon, completing the sandwich.


*you can also use tempeh bacon or smoked sliced tofu.


  1. Winter kind of sucks it out of you, right? I fell into a couch/Netflix pattern and now that it's actually warm and sunny outside I have to make myself go out and enjoy it! This sandwich reminds me of spring and all the awesome produce it's going to bring. Also, love love love mushroom bacon!

    1. Yes! Winter is soooo tough, it totally helps that it stays lighter out longer :) I cannot wait for Spring, it can't come any quicker :)

  2. this sandwich is BEAUTIFUL. i love that there are olives in there, too. i can almost taste the saltiness.

  3. This looks awesome! i was actually looking for something similar, a quick meal for my launch break at work that doesn't leave me feeling heavy :)

  4. These pictures are KILLING me! The creamy avocado with all those colourful veggies :) Plus those olives just make it. Need this in my life!

  5. I always struggle when it comes to coming up with vegan sandwiches. Thanks for the idea!

  6. This looks great. I do a similar and use pita bread with hummus spread. The grilled peppers and mushroom taste amazing together

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    thanks very much!

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  10. ohh this looks awesome ..and l was try to cook easy for my breakfast thans to sharing with us

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