Whether you’re going vegan yourself, or you are trying to figure out what to cook for your vegetarian friend, figuring out what foods to eat can be a difficult thing. It often becomes more about what you can’t eat, which ends in frustration and doesn’t get you anywhere. What you can work with, is many things! And if you’re an omnivore, this will only open doors to you and make you think of even more foods that you can add to your diet.
With that in mind, a simple way to start experimenting with some new foods, quickly, in the kitchen is to make sandwiches. And to make them more fun, grill them! Which brings us to this list of some great tasting vegan panini ideas.
A nice and simple one to get started is grilled mushroom, tomato, and onion. You can add any condiments to this that you like, keep in mind that with mayonnaise you’ll need a vegan mayo, and to look at the ingredients on mustard (but many of them are vegan).
For something a little bit fancier, try a white bean spread mixed with some sage, artichoke hearts, and tomato slices. With the tomato, you can just use tomato slices straight from the fridge, or you can make things interesting by using sun dried tomatoes, or slow roasted tomatoes. The great thing about paninis is the freedom to experiment with different flavors.
Pesto is a great spread for paninis! Not all pesto is vegan, so make sure to check. With pesto, put on some zucchini slices, roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms. Olives can be a great addition to pesto, too.
For something a lot simpler, try getting some vegan cheddar cheese (Daiya is usually best). You can make a simple grilled cheese, or add some avocado slices. For a great bonus, add some crumbled vegan bacon.
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