When I think of chutney (also known as relish), it reminds of growing up in Australia when I was a very little girl. My Father would make these ham sandwiches with chutney, mayonnaise, cheese and salad. Of course, that was a very long time ago as I have not eaten any meat in over 26 years now but the memory still remains.
Chutney is a side dish or condiment, which is used to enhance and add flavor to another dish. It is generally plant-based and may include spices, fruits, herbs and chillies.
I have followed a vegan plant-based diet for over 7 months. When it comes up in conversation that I am a vegan, I am met with comments of awe, or disbelief. Generally speaking, people think that it is really difficult to stop eating meat and dairy products. Not so much difficult, more so, people do not know how they would still eat the same things with substitutes, or really have no idea what they would eat; period.
For me, it has been a relatively easy transition. This is because of a combination of things; One, here in New York City there are so so many vegan food options. I can walk into any store and easily find something healthy to snack on. Two, my family eats very healthy, preparing most of our meals at home. Three, I have been a vegetarian for so many years that going the extra mile to cut out dairy products was easy enough. Four, and most importantly, I love animals way too much to eat them!
Today, I want to highlight the simple (what we would call in Australia) a ham and salad sandwich and how you can easily make it vegan style, without the guilt of taking another life, as well as being way healthier for you.
What You Need
- Vegenaise – Vegenaise is an egg-less mayonnaise that is heart healthy made from non-GMO expeller-pressed oils. I mean, personally, I love this stuff. I could never eat traditional mayonnaise again. It also comes in a variety of options like reduced-fat, organic, grapeseed and soy-free. Once you try vegenaise you will never go back to the old school unhealthy cholesterol laden kind. That I guarantee!
- Chutney – My favorite is Mango Mania which is made by Legacy Chutney. Legacy Chutney was inspired by a Pakistani Grandmother who passed on her wonderful chutney recipes to her younger family, and is now thankfully available for us all to enjoy. If mango is not your thing, they also have Cherry Kiss Chutney, Sweet Fruit Chutney and Date Night Chutney flavors. Sweet and Spicy, Legacy Chutney is a perfect addition
- Red Onion – This onion is one of the milder in flavor and sweetness of all so it gives a nice flavor when used in raw non-cooked meals
- Pickles – These are cucumbers that have been fermented in a brine made of water, vinegar, salt. And, now you know
- Tomato – If I cannot find a ripe tomato, I am not going to use it. There is nothing worse than having a tomato in your salad that is under-ripe and crystal white on the inside
- Lettuce – Where once upon a time, I always used iceberg, I have recently learned that it is one of the least nutrient void foods available. I now always use fresh spinach leaves, or in this case, arugula aka rocket which is rich in potassium and vitamin C
- Bread – Sprouted Bread is the best, as I understand that it has a higher mineral and vitamin content. It is also has more protein and less fat of traditional breads
- Meatless Yves slices – My favorite is the bologna kind; it tastes just like the real deal without the sad fact that you are eating a beautiful creature that was once alive and well
- Vegan Cheese – I am still to explore what my favorite vegan cheese is. However, for now, I use Go Veggie Rice Vegan variety which is cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat-free and only 40 calories a slice – love that!
- Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
What To Do
Cut off the crusts from bread and toast evenly, Then, slather ingredients on as you see fit! No real rules here, just go for it.
Pretty easy right? So now you have some ideas on how to convert a meat/dairy sandwich into a healthier for you, kinder to our animals and earth, kind of meal.
Personally, I choose a kinder life by not eating animals for ethical reasons. But, it is a medical fact that vegans live longer, and the rate of heart disease and cancer in people who follow a plant-based diet is considerably lower.
It is up to each of us to do what we think is best, but I will say that small changes can have a huge impact. Even if you cut out meat a few times a week, you are well on your way to a healthier life for yourself, and our planet’s future!
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