California classic sandwich

NF
Nut Free
GF
Gluten Free
SF
Soy Free
Serves
4

Stuffed with marinated, charbroiled tofu and a spicy avocado hummus, this protein-rich sandwich will keep you full and satisfy your taste buds. The recipe gets an extra kick from vegetables marinated in a gingery peanut sauce.

Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 14 ozs package extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tbsps rice vinegar Lime juice (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsps vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced green and red peppers
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapenos (remove seeds)
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onions
  • 1/2 cup white button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • Fresh avocado slices
  • Fresh spinach
  • Shredded carrots
  • Ciabatta bread

Directions

  1. Combine lime juice, rice vinegar, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper with tofu, then marinate overnight in refrigerator.
  2. Sauté vegetables in just enough vegetable oil to coat the pan, add salt and pepper.
  3. Cut tofu crosswise into slices, then cut each slice into two triangles. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place tofu in skillet and cook 5 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy. Transfer tofu to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb extra oil.
  4. Spread spicy hummus on both sides of the ciabatta bun, add fresh spinach, warm tofu, sautéed vegetables, shredded carrots and fresh avocado slices.

Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 6-ounce can sodium-free garbanzo beans
  • 2 tbsps tahini
  • 1/2 olive oil
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 1 jalapeno pepper with seeds and veins
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 tbsps chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Mix garlic, salt, tahini, cilantro and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Add garbanzo beans and olive oil and process until smooth again, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  3. Add the avocado and jalapeno and pulse until they’re chopped and incorporated into the hummus. Set aside.
This recipe is courtesy of Jim Metzger, director of hospitality services, Palomar Health, Escondido, California