Not Quite Subway


I have been craving Subway sandwiches lately.  Their Veggie Delite sandwich, to be specific.  And while I have indulged once or twice this year, I hesitate to make Subway a regular staple.  For one thing, eating at Subway daily is not financially efficient for our area, and I'd rather not do that to the collective wallets of the Best Husband Ever and I.  Also, when I'm not out and about, it seems silly to make a trip just for a sandwich.

So I decided to improvise.  We stocked up on sandwich fixins (a phrase that I love, by the way) and I set to work make a homemade version of my beloved Subway Veggie Delite.  Check out this not-quite-Subway sandwich that I enjoyed for lunch earlier this week:

Here's what I do, emulating the Subway sandwich-building method:
  • I start with a hoagie-style sandwich bun for a base.  This particular one is pumpernickel, a major favorite for me.  I've also tried sourdough and whole wheat.  
  • I slap on some protein.  For the Subway Veggie Delite this would mean some cheese, but for me it means sliced turkey or hummus.  I also add pumpkin puree for the fiber and because it's just that good.
  • Bring on the veggies!  Although I typically don't have the variety that Subway offers, I still do pretty well.  My favorite combo so far is romaine lettuce, sliced beets (from a can, although home-roasted would be awesome if I was motivated to make them), and sliced cucumber.
  • Last comes the sauce.  For me that means a generous dousing of balsamic vinegar.  I also put some straight on the bun before I start loading the sandwich up because I like me some soggy bread.
And then you're done, and you can now enjoy a Subway sandwich without the cost (which, admittedly, is still pretty cheat compared to other eat-out venues) right in the convenience of your own kitchen.  I like to add a dill pickle or two on the side, because what sandwich doesn't go with a a pickle.  As you can see in the photos, I sometimes also add a fruit, depending on how satiated I feel.  Nom!

Do you make yourself sandwiches?  What is your favorite combination? 

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