Thursday, January 11, 2007

Vegan Rib Sandwich

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of those commercials that pop up every few months or so announcing that a certain rib sandwich is "back"? I mean, where did it go? And why didn't they leave it there? Joking aside, that certain rib sandwich, as nasty as it may be, was one of my favorite things back when I used to eat meat. Although I will admit that I had a bad experience with one once upon a time and never ate one again. That experience really should have been enough to convert me to veganism a long time ago, but I'll shut up about that story and start talking about today's lunch.

If you haven't tried Gardenburger's Riblets on a sandwich yet, you don't know what you are missing. These things are so delicious, and they taste just like the sandwich from you-know-where, only they're completely vegan, so you won't find anything nasty in them. They come in a pouch that you just microwave and they have lots of yummy sauce in there. There's so much sauce, in fact, that I didn't want to put it all on my sandwich because I was afraid it might make my bread too soggy before lunchtime arrived. To solve that problem, I simply poured all of the extra barbecue sauce into the little blue container and popped a lid on it. Now all I have to do is reheat my lunch and then pour all of that yummy sauce on my sandwich. Sometimes, I do put some diced onion and some pickle slices on these, but I skipped it this time. Needless to say, I left the top part of the bun off so that I could photograph the "ribs". After I took the pic, I just put the top half of the bun on and closed the lunchbox. It fit with no problem.

I also brought some Ore-Ida Country Style Fries which I baked in the oven in an attempt to make them a little bit healthier. These are my favorite french fries right now. They are really good. Reheating fries at work does lead to a little sogginess, but not enough to deter me. I think they're still good.

Whenever I end up with an empty container in the lunchbox and I don't know what to put in it, the usual choice ends up being baby carrots. I like them, they're good for me, and you can eat them with your fingers. All a plus in my book.

Since I didn't need the fork & spoon today, that left me a little room there on the side for some dessert. I decided to go with something easy, healthy and delicious and just plopped an Apple Pie Larabar in there. The Larabars are on sale at my local grocery store this week and I stocked up. I even turned some lady onto them who was standing there looking at all of the nutrition bars in awe trying to decide what in the world would be good out of those hundreds of choices. She saw me grabbing all of those Larabars and saw how excited I was that they were on sale, so she asked me about them and I went into this big long speech about them and how much I liked them. Needless to say, she started grabbing some. It's fun to introduce people to something that they don't know about and that's actually good for them.

Well, that's it for lunch today. Today's lunch was really easy because it was all storebought. Of course, I love home cooking, but sometimes you just don't have the time to do it. That's why I am thankful that there are so many vegan options available now, even in regular old grocery stores. It really does make life easier.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll see everybody on Friday.


Anonymous said...

You are doing an excellent job. I think it is great to show people that you can eat foods that are delicious and caused no harm to no creature. Keep on rocking lunchcaster!!!!

funwithyourfood said...

I LOVE the gardenburger ribs!!!
I haven't had them in months. Thanks for the reminder of their delish taste!