Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Better than takeout: Quick Buffalo Chickenless Sandwich with the works!

This is a quick lunch or dinner to throw together. I used a store bought vegan "chickenless" from Trader Joes, which I am convinced is possibly Gardein vegan chicken but in different packaging. And way cheaper! Anyways, I love to make my foods from pure whole ingredients as much as possible, but everyone needs some quick freezer items on hand once in a while. These Trader Joe's Chickenless tenders are quick to bake up and you can do a lot with them. Gotta try them!

This sandwich is amazing!! Its basically a similar meal to the buffalo "Chick'n" wrap I have on here already, just a sandwich version. To me, it was way better than takeout, say, from Veggie Grill who actually has a awesome, super delicious buffalo sandwich on their new menu. As much as I absolutely love Veggie Grill, my version is baked, and has about 10x the raw veggies piled on top as theirs. and is served on a wholesome whole grain bread with minimal ingredients. The buffalo sauce and vegan ranch are so quick and I make just enough for one sandwich when I'm just cooking for myself for lunch.  My husband is going to love me tonight when I make one of these for him for dinner when he gets home. Soul satisfying, hearty food for sure! Just like takeout, only better!



Quick Buffalo Chickenless Sandwich
with the works
Serves one, so just double recipe as needed for each additional sandwich you need

Ingredients Needed:

Trader Joes Brand vegan Chickenless Tenders, Gardein, homemade or store bought seitan, or any other brand of vegan "chicken"

1 Tbsp. Veganaise (vegan mayo)
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of onion powder
about 1/2 Tbsp. of unsweetened  almond milk or other milk of choice (hemp, rice, soy, etc.)

2 tsp. Earth Balance vegan butter
2 tsp. of your favorite hot sauce

2 slices Whole grain bread, toasted  (look for a brand with pure, minimal ingredients)
1/4-1/2 sliced avocado sprinkle of salt and pepper
Few nice pieces of Lettuce
1/2 Shredded/grated carrot

To Make:

Bake the Chickenless tenders according to package directions.

Make your ranch. Combine in a small bowl, 1 Tbsp. of Veganaise, and a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Now very slightly thin out (but still keep it thick enough to be spreadable on a sandwich) with a little unsweetened almond milk or other milk of choice. Set aside.

Make the Buffalo sauce. Melt 2 tsp. earth balance and place in a small bowl. Add the same amount of hot sauce,mix well and set aside until "chickenless" is done baking.

Prepare all other ingredients for toppings and set aside.

Once the "chickenless" has finished baking, toss in the buffalo sauce.

Assemble the sandwich. Toast the bread, and spread your ranch on both sides. Add the buffalo chickenless, avocado, grated carrots, and lettuce.

Now eat up and enjoy!

66 comments:

  1. You went to all that work just for a sandwich for yourself?! Methinks someone is feeling a little 'hormonal'....

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    1. Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!Hormonal, hungry, and particular with my food cravings!! You got that right!!

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  2. That gorgeous sandwich is looking so good right now! Love the picture.

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    1. I'll have to make it for you when you visit! It was SO good! You should make it for the boys too! They would love it for sure!

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  3. I am telling you...for someone that doesn't eat meat you make the most hearty, delicious, amazing sandwiches!!! I don;t know how anyone could pass this one up!!!

    I need to try this! I would have ate 2 of these in my 3rd trimester ;-)


    Hope you're feeling well!!!!! So soon!!! xoxox

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    1. I have totally craved sandwiches this pregnancy. And this one was defintiely hearty and filling! And easy!

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  4. This looks so simple and delicious, thanks for the great idea-can't wait to try it!

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    1. I love simple and not too fussy during the week for lunches and dinners! Hope eyou enjoy!!

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  5. Love the shredded carrots for a topping. I'm making this for my kids & husband tonight!

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    1. They will LOVE it! My husband loved it so much when he got home! I love adding carrots because it adds a sweetness and freshness to the spicy bufalo sauce! :D Hope you enjoy it!!

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  6. Wow! I love the height of all the veggies piled on top! So yummy looking! :-)

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    1. I actually didn't think I would be able to take a bite out of this, but it smoshed up all nice for me to fit it in my mouth! haha

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