Trader Joes has a few pre-made vegan sandwich options that are great emergency “go to” meals on the fly. I purchased a spicy lentil wrap one afternoon, so I wouldn’t starve at the airport prior to a flight.
Although perfectly delicious, the Trader Joes wrap was a bit oily and the sauce was definitely not compliant. I decided to try making my own, oil free version, and I mastered it on the first try.
Honestly, I don’t understand why everyone puts oil in everything. More importantly, the spicy lentil sandwich spread tasted better without any oil. I have yet to understand why people put oil in everything.
In order to mimic the sandwich, I used similar ingredients: fresh spinach, shredded carrots, avocado (optional) and white onions. You can use a fat-free Lavash bread, or a vegan wrap from Whole Foods.
Although simple to make, the lentils and burger have to cook, so you can make the sandwich spread ahead of time in order to save time. Once the lentils are cooked, the bulgar cooks inside the lentils. This requires two waiting times.
In order to use my time wisely, I prepared the other ingredients while the lentils cooked.
Then, I added the bulgar to the lentils. While the bulgar cooked inside the same pan as the lentils, I made the sauce. In less than an hour, we were eating oil-free, grilled sandwiches.
You can also opt for different vegetables for the sandwich: purple cabbage, or arugula. Red onion and tomato would also be fabulous.