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VYY Project-Week one: Pan Seared Tomato and Rosemary Artichoke Sandwich


Some of you may remember that I’ve decided to work my way through Vegan Yum Yum, by Lauren Ulm.  It’s a gorgeous book, and so far--the recipes don’t disappoint.  It’s loaded with recipes, and I  figured that to get through all of them, I should commit to doing at least one a week.  So a small group was formed, and it’s official.  One recipe a week from the book.  The first week is members choice, because I know that some of my friends already had their eye on a couple of the recipes.  After this week, we’ll do one recipe from each consecutive chapter until we’ve made it through the book.  If you’d care to join, you’re more than welcome!  Just let me know in a comment, or email me using the Contact Me link at the top of the page.  Vegan Yum Yum is available on Amazon at a very reasonable price, too.

Here is our official badge, graciously made for us by Heather at He Cooks…She Cooks…  Obviously, Heather’s the “She” in the title.  Her and Jeff make some freaking amazing food, so please go check it out!  And a huge thank you to Heather!

It’s a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, and also--to cut out some of the meat.  Meatless Monday is a worldwide movement!  Going meat-free once a week is good for you.

My choice for this first week is the Pan Seared Tomato and Rosemary Artichoke Sandwich.   This one is so flavorful, that you don’t have time to miss any meat.  I’ll warn you--it’s messy--at least a “two napkin” sandwich.  But it’s that “Oh my god, is this GOOD” messy that you can’t stop eating.  Trust me. 


The recipe is for 1 serving, so keep that in mind and multiply if you’re serving more people.  I just went ahead and sautéed the whole can of artichoke hearts, and 2 large tomatoes.  About the tomatoes?  Obviously, I don’t have access to fresh tomatoes because it’s 29 degrees outside.  I used the pretty vine-ripened ones you can find in all the stores.  Lauren also suggests that you can add fresh spinach or basil leaves to the sandwich.  The basil isn’t looking that great lately--it’s that winter thing!  So we added some pesto to one side of the rolls.  Technically, that’s not vegan because it has cheese in it.  It was a perfect addition, though, so I’ll leave that up to you to decide. 

Speaking of the recipe!  Since we’re going through the entire book, we won’t be posting the recipes on our blogs.  That would be sneaky, and not cool with the author!  If you really want the recipe, you’ll have to take the (inexpensive) plunge and buy the book.

I used the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day Master Recipe for the rolls.  Very simple and so tasty, and who doesn’t love fresh, still warm bread for dinner?


Will we make this again?

  • YES!  It’s quick, easy, and delectable. 
  • My husband practically inhaled his, and wanted to go back for a second! 
  • Great for those busy nights when you don’t have a lot of time.  Keep the artichoke hearts on hand, and make a quick stop for some tomatoes, and fresh rolls, too--that is, if you don’t have ABin5 dough in your fridge.    Either way, you’ll be having a great dinner in no time at all.


***Check out what Shelby at The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch made!  She even got Grumpy to eat tofu!  Looks great, Shelby, thank you!

And here is Renee's entry over at Flamingo Musings.  Not her favorite so far, as she's tried several others from the book that she loved, but I'm sure it can easily be changed up.  Looks good, anyway!





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Reader Comments (18)

I am loving your pink/red background! And this sandwich looks really good - even to me, who doesn't like veggies! I have made somethings out of the book and I usually LOVE them!!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

That sounds very tasty.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Oh Elle - that looks AWESOME! I need to get started on my first recipe! Thanks for starting this out!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSKM

First thing is I'm making these rolls. Love the book. Next thing is I'm making me one of these amazing sandwiches! It looks fabulous!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Elle this is so mouthwatering! I'm so happy to be a part of this venture and I too am loving this book. Even GRUMPY ate both of the recipes I have made already and well, I'll tell you all about it in my post. ;)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoneyB

Glad to hear your Vegan Yum Yum project is going so well! I haven't missed my "eat vegetarian at least once a week" resolution yet either - let's both do our best :)

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

i love what you did with the artichokes here. I have 2 jars of them and aside from spinach & artichoke dip, am pretty stumped as to what to do with them!

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaris

That looks awesome! I'll have to add artichokes to my shopping list!

I finally posted mine, and while it's not a favorite, at least it's photographed! ;-)) So when do we find out what's next? :-)

February 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

Love it!!! It looks so delicious. Just can't see my hubby sitting down to a dinner of a sandwich without meat but I guess it's worth a try!!! Maybe lunch?

February 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

OH Elle! This looks fabulous! SU'd!!

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I absolutely LOVE vegan yum yum's site so I'm sure I would adore this cookbooks. Those sandwiches look fantastic, especially on the homemade rolls. I'm cooking my way through HBinFive and am definitely going to go through ABinFive afterwards. (And yes aren't Heather and Jeff the CUTEST).

February 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

This looks so great Elle! Drool-worthy photos, too! :)

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn AKA The Leftover Queen

That looks delish! I would not miss any meat in a sandwich like that. Great pics!

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

This sounds so good! I must pic up this book!

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love artichokes but never thought of using them like this. Thanks for the great idea. It looks delicious!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl

Yum, this sandwich sounds gorgeous!! :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Bowl Of Mush

That sandwich looks delicious.

February 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBo

Oh this looks really good! Nicely done :) Love the way your blog looks!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

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