Monthly Archives: July 2012

Subway gets Vegan

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When a major fast food chain decides to offer vegan options, we’re gonna get behind that.  Subway is currently offering 3 new vegan sandwich patties and 3 additional vegetarian patty options. Way groovy, man!

The vegan choices, shown in order below, are Sweet Riblet, Malibu Greek and Italian Black Bean varieties.  They can be served on one of the five vegan breads offered at the restaurant: Roasted Garlic, Sourdough, Light Wheat English Muffin, Hearty Italian and Hearty Italian White.

These delectable vegan sandwiches are the result of animal advocacy organization, Compassion Over Killing, getting involved with the Subway folks and starting the ‘We Love Subway’ campaign. Basically, it’s an ongoing web-based effort to convince Subway stores to offer vegetarian and vegan options. You can go there right now and log in and add your voice to the masses. Tell Subway you are jazzed for the vegan offerings and to bring them to more stores!

Recently the Humane League had a Subway sandwich party at the Subway Cafe in Ellicott City, MD  and we stopped by to say hello. Amazingly, we ran into a father and his two daughters that had driven from NYC to try the vegan subs! No joke! They had made their way to Maryland, trying to find these savory treats and ended up at the Subway Cafe in Ellicott City just as all the other vegans and vegetarians were arriving to eat. Incredible, isn’t it, how far vegans will go to get food? We’d like to add, that this particular Subway Cafe also offers fancy coffee drinks with soy milk. Which is another plus, especially for DH.

For the vegetarians reading…we wanted to share that there are 3 additional vegetarian sandwiches Subway is trying out as well: The Sweet N Spicy Chik’n, Asian Veggie and the Sweet Onion Breakfast Patty. They looked tasty and the girl in front of us ordered a Sweet N Spicy Chik’N. She said it was good with a chewy texture but not too spicy.

It’s also “Avocado Season” at Subway and they are offering the “Ultimate Veggie” – which can be made vegan by loading it down the the featured ingredients of avocado, cuckes and spinach. MMMmm.

Now, you ask, where can I get my hands on these delectable sandwiches? We’ve got that covered. Below is a list. So hop in the car or get on the Metro and head over to the nearest Subway. And if you’re in NYC, well, we’re down here – just waiting to greet you with a Subway vegan sandwich in hand. Join the fun!

Oh – and thanks Compassion Over Killing – for doing the tough work to make this happen for the rest of us. We are so grateful!

Washington, DC

  • 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 — 202-347-4616
  • 455 Massachusetts Ave, NW (1st Floor) Washington, DC 20001 — 202-638-0348
  • 550 First St., NW, Washington, DC 20001 — 202-661-6639

Maryland

  • 8145 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043 — 410-418-4330
  • 5520 Research Park Dr, #107 (Univ. of MD, Baltimore County), Catonsville, MD 21228 — 410-455-5222
  • 300 Sentinel Dr, #100, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 — 301-490-6553

Virginia

  • 320 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 — 703-879-4321
  • 2361 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314 — 703-879-4321
  • 8270 Greensboro Dr., #120, Mclean, VA 22102 — 703-748-6990

UPDATE: As of July 8, we have heard that these Subway locations are selling out of the new vegan and vegetarian options, but Subway is not yet restocking them! Boo!

According to the Compassion Over Killing website:

“Your feedback is urgently needed: While a couple of Subway Café stores are still offering vegan sandwiches while supplies last, the official testing phase appears to be over — and eager customers everywhere are now awaiting the company’s decision, hoping to soon find vegan options on every Subway menu across the US.

Visit WeLoveSubway.com today or call 203-877-4281 to let Subway know that there’s an increasing consumer demand for healthier and more humane food choices and to urge the company to add vegan options to all of its menus.  ”

So let’s all get online and get on the phone, and get these tasty sandwiches added to the menu!

We will keep you posted as we learn more!

Pimento Cheese Spread

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The Dirty Hippie grew up in the Dirty South. That is, he was born in Georgia and grew up in Tennessee. Pimento cheese sandwiches were a regular part of everyday life for him, even after going vegetarian.  They got a little trickier though, when he went vegan.

With his grandma’s pimento cheese recipe in hand, I started to experiment. The original used cheese, mayo and hard-boiled eggs, so it took a  few tries to remake this southern classic.  He loves this version, though. All the flavors of home…

Now – please bear in mind that this is one of those times that “vegan” and “health food” are not synonyms. Yea, it’s vegan. But it’s also quite rich.  You can use it as a party dip for veggies and crackers, or eat it true southern-style, piled high on white bread – maybe with a few tomato slices. Or for an over-the-top treat, use it to make a grilled cheese. Eureka!

Pimento Cheese Spread

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 1 to 8 hours

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp. vegan Worchestershire sauce (we used Annie’s)

2/3 cup vegan mayo (Reduced Fat Vegenaise works well here)

2/3 cup vegan cream cheese (Tofutti & Trader Joe’s both tested well)

1/8 tsp. white pepper

8 oz. bag cheddar-style Daiya shreds

4 oz. jar of pimentos

Drain water from cashews and add to a food processor with garlic, Worchestershire sauce, vegan mayo and vegan cream cheese. Process for about two to five minutes, until garlic and cashews are completely blended and smooth in the mixture. Add white pepper, Daiya shreds and pimentos, and pulse until just cut up and combined.

Chill for about one hour before serving. If you can wait that long.

Banana & Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

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They call summer  “dog days” – so why not make something tasty for your dog? Our hound is huge fan of peanut butter and bananas. You know, I think Elvis was too… Anyhow! These are a snap to mix up and bake in the oven. True, it’s steamy hot outside – but if you do your baking at night or in the morning, it’s not bad at all. Hope your pooch enjoys!

Banana & Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 whole banana, peeled & mashed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup water

2 Tbl. ground flax seeds

pinch cinnamon (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a food processor until well mixed, or stir by hand. By hand, roll dough into about 36 to 40 small balls and flatten with your palm on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned. Cookies will be soft inside. Store in fridge and feed to happy hound dog as desired!