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Vegan Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

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Vegan Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Why would a vegan, ever care to create a vegan Philly cheese steak sandwich? Even though I have had my fair share of food containing animal parts and by-products while growing up in France, I must confess that I have never tasted a steak sandwich during my carnivorous years in the US. For some reason, it didn’t appeal to me! But yesterday, my girl friend suggested I made one for lunch. I wasn’t sure what I was going to use and how it was going to turn out. So I did a little research online since I was a neophyte in the art of steak sandwich! But how complicated could it be?Then, looking at what was in the fridge, there was some pepper Tofurky deli slices waiting to be used. That coul work. 

Turns out, it is fairly simple to make and doesn’t require a lot ingredients. I was able to make a really delicious, low fat counterfit that even surprised me!  That was pretty cool! I didn’t have any French rolls, so I decided to go for an open sandwich. It is less bread that way. We were good to go!

Roast beef Style Tofurky – Yum!

INGREDIENTS for 2 people:

4 slices of good French bread (toasted or not)
1/2 package of tofurkey roastbeef style
1-2 medium white or yellow onions sliced
1 Tbl balsamic vinegar
1 Tbl soy sauce
4-7 peperoncinis per person
1/2 red pepper (if you digest them)

daiya pepperjack shreds
daiya pepperjack shreds

1/3 cup vegan cheese    Pepperjack Style shreds*

PUTTING IT TOGETHER:

  1. Start slicing the onion.
  2. Put a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and cook the onions over medium heat.
  3. Sprinkle some balsamic vinegar and mix with the onion, then add the soy sauce. Cover and mix from time to time. Add a little water if needed until the onions are translucent.
  4. Open the Tofurky package and separate the slices. Slice in strips.
  5. If you can digest bell peppers, take a half red or green pepper, remove the stem, the seeds and slice in thin strips.
  6. We used pickled pepperoncini  instead and it worked out even better because they were pickled and didn’t need much cooking.
  7. Mix the peppers or pepperoncini to the onion mixture. Cook the peppers for a few minutes or until they are more tender.
  8. Toast the bread if you would like, not if you are using French rolls.
  9. In the frying pan, create 4 separate portions and sprinkle some of the daiya pepperjack shreds and cover to melt in.
  10. Place the bread on plates and quickly serve the steak mixture being careful to keep the melted cheese on top. It may require a spatula and a spoon to transfer successfully.

*if you can’t find daiya pepperjack style shreds, don’t worry, you can use regular daiya cheese or Violife, just add some sea salt, black pepper, paprika and a touch of chili powder.

Your Vegan philly cheese steak sandwich is served!

 

Bon appétit !

By the way, this sandwich is cholesterol free (only animal products and by-products contain cholesterol), low fat (just the oil for stir-frying the onions and what’s in the cheese on top!) I used no mayonnaise or dressing for the bread because it doesn’t need it! You actually could lose weight on this! Un-believable!

So enjoy and indulge because there is nothing to be guilty about!
You saved a cow, made a great sandwich in the process, discovered a delicious new lunch dish…
Life is good! 

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As a vegan chef, cooking instructor and food consultant, I am blessed to share my passion for international flavors, a compassionate world, optimal health and healing. You can't have one without the others because they are all interconnected. My culinary journey started in the South of France where I was born, then took me through Europe, onto America, then Asia and South America. I grew up eating delicious rich food my grandmother made (think creamy white and wine sauces) and fresh Mediterranean dishes my mother prepared. My family was by no mean vegetarian or vegan but we weren’t big meat eaters either. This being said, I must confess that I have had my fair share of strange things being served as food as I grew up! But I soon came to realize that it was the sauces, the marinade that tasted so good and that they could have just as well been poured over bread or tofu and it would have been just as good. You know how certain songs bring back a memory of where you were and who you were with when you heard them? Well, I seem to have a memory of food attached to pretty much every place and profound moment I have experienced in my life. It was the way love was shared and cherished all through my life so I am continuing the tradition! But the love is even more healing when there is no pain and sufferings attached to it. Be vegan, it is good for your health and the only sustainable diet for the planet.
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