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English: Bleu Ribbon Veggie Burger at Red Robi...

English: Bleu Ribbon Veggie Burger at Red Robin for Glenn’s birthday: veggie burger, steak sauce, onion straws, tomato, lettuce, bleu cheese crumbles, chipotle mayo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you control an old urge while trying to maintain a vegetarian or vegan diet? We all get urges for a sandwich, hamburger, hot dog, egg salad, etc. The good news is there are great vegetarian or vegan products on the market today that can satisfy our strongest urges. Veggie burgers have come a long way. There are so many types on the market that are made with different base products. Try a variety to find which you like best. You can also use a Portobello mushroom cap as your burger (see recipe below). Load it up with your favorite sides, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, etc. There are also hot dog products that are great tasting and would fool the best taste buds. Sandwiches can be made with a variety of non meat cold cuts and non diary cheeses. Load them up with onion, tomato, lettuce and you have a great sandwich. I use extra firm tofu to make an egg salad (without eggs) that is yummy. You make this egg salad with turmeric (see recipe below)I love crunchy so I mix in carrots, celery, onion, etc.

Do not eat these foods everyday! They are processed foods, Use them when your urge is strong. Then go back to a diet mainly made up of nature produced foods. Enjoy food and enjoy your health.

Healthy Egg Salad Look Alike

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I tried this wonderful egg salad substitute from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM):

This sandwich has the flavor and appearance of egg salad without the saturated fat and cholesterol.

Ingredients

Makes 6 sandwiches

1/2 pound firm low-fat silken tofu (about 1 cup)
1 green onion, finely chopped, including green top
2 tablespoons pickle relish (I used celery instead)
2 tablespoons tofu mayo or other non-dairy and egg-free mayonnaise substitute
2 teaspoons stone-ground mustard
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
12 slices whole-grain bread
6 lettuce leaves
6 tomato slices

Directions

Mash tofu, leaving some chunks (until consistency of egg salad). Add green onion, pickle relish, Tofu Mayo or other dairy- and egg-free mayonnaise substitute, mustard, soy sauce, cumin, turmeric, and garlic powder. Mix well.

Spread on whole-grain bread and garnish with lettuce and tomato slices.

You can also add olives, tomatoes, carrots, etc.

Per serving (1 sandwich): 172 calories; 3 g fat; 0.6 g saturated fat; 15.6% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 8.7 g protein; 30.3 g carbohydrates; 4.4 g fiber; 486 mg sodium; 64 mg calcium; 2.5 mg iron; 3.5 mg vitamin C: 150 mcg beta-carotene; 0.4 mg vitamin E

Recipe from Healthy Eating for Life for Children by Amy Lanou, Ph.D.; recipe by Jennifer Raymond, M.S., R.D.