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Vietnamese Banh Mi-Inspired Sandwich

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I have a confession.  I have a problematic habit of subscribing to cooking, health, and fitness magazines, finding promising or inspiring recipes in them, tearing the recipes out with the greatest of intentions to utilize them, and then leaving them stacked in a pile for months and months.  Starting this year, I have made a promise to myself to actually put some of these recipes to use.  After all, I am paying for the magazines, so I might as well get my monies worth! 😉

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One of my favorite magazines to find inspiration from is Vegetarian Times.  The most recent issue (January/February 2013) features a recipe for a “Vegful Vietnamese Sandwich.”  This recipe inspired me to create my own version of a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich.  Enter the…

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Vietnamese Banh Mi-Inspired Sandwich

*Inspired by the Vegful Vietnamese Sandwich in Vegetarian Times

Servings: 2


1/2 cup shredded organic carrots
1 small lime, juiced
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
3 TB vegan mayonnaise (I used Vegenaise)
1/2 TB Sriracha sauce
2 chik’n cutlets (I used Quorn brand)
2 hoagie sub rolls
EVOO cooking spray
1 Roma tomato, sliced


1. In a small bowl, combine carrots, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and soy sauce.  Stir until well-combine.  Let sit in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to “broil.”

3. Stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce.  Set aside.

4. Cook chik’n cutlets according to package directions.

5. Cut hoagie sub rolls 3/4 of the way.  Do not cut them all of the way.  Spray the inside of the rolls with EVOO cooking spray.  Broil for approximately 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

6. Spread mayonnaise and Sriracha spread onto the buns.  Add lettuce and Roma tomato slices.  Top the tomatoes with the cooked chik’n cutlet.  Top the chik’n cutlet with the marinated carrots.  Drizzle the carrots with a bit of the remaining marinade.

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Serve the Vietnamese Banh Mi-Inspired Sandwich with a side of vegetables or fruit.  I chose to eat mine with cooked mixed vegetables.

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I was so thrilled with the outcome of this sandwich.  The crispiness of the bread combined with the freshness of the vegetables, the heartiness of the chik’n cutlet (which, by the way tastes like chicken!), and the marinated carrot salad was absolutely delicious.  And the Sriracha mayonnaise??  Um, do not even get me started on how delicious that was.  It totally made the sandwich!

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If you do one nice thing for yourself this week, do yourself a favor and make this sandwich.  You simply cannot beat a recipe for a sandwich that is beyond easy to make and extremely flavorful and delicious.  I highly encourage you to give it a try!

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  • kaityscooking February 10, 2013, 3:13 pm
    oh yumm! i used to be OBSESSED with quorn when i first became vegetarian then when i was tested for dairy allergies i sadly had to give them up ! this looks super easy though i have to try it
  • allisonhayes91 February 10, 2013, 3:22 pm
    Oh my gosh, right now I'm actually going through all the workouts and recipes I have pulled out of magazines over the years! Good timing :p
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 10, 2013, 6:01 pm
      Isn't it an insane process?? Way, way too time-consuming. I should just be more organized in the first place and then I wouldn't have to deal with it!
  • cookingfortheotherhalf February 10, 2013, 4:56 pm
    Girl that looks sooooo good! I love a big sandwich! Haha.
  • Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 10, 2013, 5:25 pm
    That sounds so good! I think I would try it with black bean burgers or real chicken, I don't have any 'fake' chicken. Is it made with soy? I love tofu, but am still a little intimidated when it comes to cooking it at home so I save it for restaurants.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 10, 2013, 6:02 pm
      I do believe it is made with soy. I am not for sure because I do not have the package anymore, but I would assume that it is. I think this sandwich would definitely be good with marinated and baked tofu!
  • quartercenturysouthernliving February 10, 2013, 5:45 pm
    This looks SO great! I love Vietnamese sandwiches and really appreciate a vegetarian recipe :) Thanks for sharing! Have a great night!!
  • Anne February 10, 2013, 6:20 pm
    I am guilty of the exact same thing! I've resolved to try and make at least one new recipe per week and it has been working pretty well. I pin my reciipes on a bulletin board in my kitchen as I find them!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 10, 2013, 8:16 pm
      That is so smart to pin them on a bulletin board. Then they at least wouldn't grow into a huge pile of recipes. Nice idea!
  • kimathungryhealthygirl February 10, 2013, 8:59 pm
    I do the same thing with recipes and magazines. One of my goals this year, is to at least organize my recipe piles! The sandwich looks really yummy too!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 10, 2013, 9:36 pm
      I hear ya! I really need to just sit down and devote a few hours to going through all of my recipes (from magazines AND on my computer) and getting it all cleared out and organized. Maybe next weekend...?? ;)
  • moderngirlnutrition February 10, 2013, 9:05 pm
    I <3 Vegetarian Times! Great job!:)
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 10, 2013, 9:52 pm
    I LOVE Banh Mi sandwiches! This looks like a delicious homemade version, and that sriracha mayonnaise is definitely calling my name. :) My living room is stacked with health, fitness and cooking magazines, too! Not to mention all of the recipes I pin and bookmark online every day. It's overwhelming! ;) Hope you had a wonderful weekend! <3
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 10, 2013, 10:22 pm
      If you take anything at all from this recipe, it should definitely be the sriracha mayonnaise. So, so good! My "bookmarked" pages online are out of control. Sooooo many recipes!!
  • Allison @ Life's a Bowl February 11, 2013, 6:33 am
    Gahhh, I do the exact same thing with my magazines! I have tons of recipes [and new cookbooks- wedding gifts] that I've sorted through with the intention of making the recipes but they continue to sit there... Need to change that!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 11, 2013, 9:41 am
      I think our brains just get overloaded with all sorts of recipes and cooking ideas and we just don't quite know what to do with it all! ;)
  • jessielovestorun February 11, 2013, 7:28 am
    Helloo!!! This recipe is amazing. Seriously, it looks so tasty :).
  • Natalie February 11, 2013, 9:43 am
    One of the best sandwiches! I buy these all the time :P
  • Rach @ This Italian Family February 11, 2013, 10:12 am
    Glad you stopped by the blog! This recipe looks really delicious! I love how you made it into a sandwich. Great idea, girl!
  • jessiebear February 11, 2013, 12:56 pm
    mmm what a great idea for a sandwich!
  • Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking February 11, 2013, 1:49 pm
    Wow, this looks like one heck of a yummy sandwich! Love your tasty take on it! Thanks for sharing.
  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 11, 2013, 3:17 pm
    This looks awesome! Also to answer your questions that you posted on my blog: 1. I'm sure subbing almond milk in the soup would be fine! 2. A Nanaimo bar is a dessert with a coconut chocolate wafer crumb base, a custard filling, and a chocolate layer on top. They are to die for!
  • Nicole February 11, 2013, 6:41 pm
    Yum! I am trying to find ways to increase my protein intake.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 11, 2013, 10:32 pm
      Me too! One of the biggest misconceptions is that vegetarians/vegans cannot get enough protein. I love to show with my recipes that that is far from true!
  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan February 12, 2013, 12:30 pm
    I LOVE Bahn-Mi! There is actually a restaurant in Des Moines that serves its own vegan bahn-mi, but they use marinated tofu. They also load it up with cilantro, which gives it a nice kick! Here's the full description: http://www.veganiowan.com/2012/12/vegan-at-gateway-market-cafe.html.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 12, 2013, 12:35 pm
      Too funny! I have actually been to Gateway Market and ALMOST ordered the bahn-mi sandwich when I was there. I guess I know what I will be getting next time! ;)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 12, 2013, 1:39 pm
    So many things to say about this! For one, I saw someone make a banh mi -type sandwich on chopped probably YEARS ago at this point and have been drooling over the idea ever since! So glad someone else did the leg work and came up with a recipe for me to try :) For two, you get further than me with your magazines. Half of mine sit (never opened) in a magazine rack until I throw them away. So wasteful :( I LOVE the Quorn cutlets. The first (several) times I tried to eat them, I was too weirded out by the seemingly real taste and texture. I hadn't eaten meat in 10+ years, so I asked my omni boyfriend to try them and reassure me that they weren't secretly real meat! [he tried them, but definitely laughed at me!]. They're his favorite chicken substitute, so they have to be doing something right!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 12, 2013, 4:35 pm
      That was the first time that I tried the Quorn cutlets, but I loved them. I will definitely be cooking with them again.
  • Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) February 12, 2013, 5:44 pm
    I have the same habit. :) I have SO many recipes that I cut out and never get around to making. But I always intend to! I think I saved this recipe too...
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 12, 2013, 8:46 pm
      It can be such an annoying habit to have. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one! ;)
  • LizForADay February 12, 2013, 9:54 pm
    I found the chicken substitues to be a bit rubbery. How was it for you? Looks like a tasty sandwich. :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 13, 2013, 10:27 pm
      I actually did not find it rubbery. I thought it was good and tasted like chicken!
      • LizForADay February 14, 2013, 12:01 am
        Then I'm gonna try again. It was probably the way I heated it up. Sometimes you can't do things the fast way. Thanks. :)

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