Reuben sandwiches have been a personal favorite of mine since I was a young child. Across from the Value Village in Langley, there used to be a bistro named Patsy’s Uptown Bistro and they had the ultimate reubens ever! I used to eat it with a New York Seltzer Rootbeer…sheesh, hello 1980’s! This particular reuben isn’t like the ones I ate as a child or like the ones I ate habitually when pregnant with our daughter, but this is the one we have been eating since Sean has radically changed everything about the way he eats. This reueben pairs well with a little extra sauerkraut, a few slices of pickles, and homemade fries….yummy….but don’t forget to some greens to the mix!
Inspired by: Thrive Energy Cookbook.
2 Thick slices sprouted bread (Silver Hills)
Virgin Coconut oil
1 to 2 tbsp Reuben dressing (see below)
1 tsp organic stoneground mustard
¼ cup Daiya cheese, mozzarella style
4 slices tempeh, or tofu grilled each side for 2-3 minutes
3 large red onion rings (optional)
1/3 cup sauerkraut
1 small handful organic spinach leaves
2 large pickles, quartered, for garnish
How To Play:
Press the bread slices together and lightly spread some virgin coconut oil on the outsides. Cook in panini press (or oiled skillet) on medium high until golden and lightly crisp.
Pull the slices apart. Spread Rueben dressing on the untoasted side of one slice. Arrange the cheese on the other untoasted side of the other slice of bread, covering the entire surface. The heat of the toast will melt the cheese….
Arrange the avocado, tempeh, and onion rings over the Reuben dressing, then top with sauerkraut, baby spinach, and the top slice of bread. Cut the sandwich in half diagonally and serve with pickles.
½ jar Wildwood Zesty Garlic Aioli (or homemade)
1 tbsp finely chopped chives
1 ½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ tsp organic ketchup
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp agave nectar (I used maple syrup)
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
How To Play:
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk together until smooth and creamy.