Tempeh Lettuce Tomato

TLT - Tempeh Lettuce Tomato Sandwich - The Lotus and the Artichoke - Vegan Recipes from World Travel Adventures

You’ve probably figured out by now that here at The Lotus and the Artichoke, I love world cuisine. The majority of my recipes are inspired by my world travels to far-off countries and enthusiastic experiments with ethnic cooking.

Once in a while, however, I crave some good, old-fashioned comfort food. For me, that means a classic dish from the country where I spent most of my growing up: America. For breakfast and brunch, I’m a pancake kind of guy. But when I’m hungry for a more savory, lunch or dinner bonanza, the totally vegetarian T.L.T. is the way to go. But, but… what about Mac & Cheeze?! Sure… there’s that too, but sometimes it’s just gotta be a sandwich.

This particular dish really takes me back to the old days of diner deliciousness. You’ve probably heard about the classic B.L.T. – Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich, but today I want to share with you a healthier and even tastier, more compassionate spin on that: The vegan T.L.T. – Tempeh Lettuce Tomato sandwich superstar.

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Mac & Cheeze Forest

This is my twist on the most classic vegan comfort food: baked mac and faux-cheese. It’s evolved over the years — usually I make this with some of the variations listed. Especially for newbies to nutritional yeast, adding a puréed tomato and some tomato concentrate gives a fuller, rounder more familiar flavor. Use less margarine or oil if you like; just adjust the liquid accordingly so your cheeze doesn’t end up too thick. For the crumbs, I usually food process one or two slices of toasted bread or a handful of crackers.

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