Vegan Breadbasket: How to Make Your Own Flatbread Sandwiches

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Buying prepared flatbread sandwiches can be a pricey endeavor. Instead of spending your weekly grocery money just on sandwiches, you can learn how to make your own. A flatbread sandwich is a vegan-friendly meal. Try these ideas for making your own creations.
Making the Flatbread
In a blender, mix one package active yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, one teaspoon coarse salt, one tablespoon fresh thyme leaves and one teaspoon of oil. Slowly add 3/4 cup water. Take out the dough and knead by hand on the counter for two minutes. Coat a bowl with olive oil. Put the dough in and let it rest, covered, for one hour or until doubled in size. Take out the dough and knead it into a small ball. Cut it into 20 small pieces. Use a rolling pin to form each slice into a 5-inch circle. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a griddle. Grill each circle of dough until golden brown on both sides.
Spreads add some flavor to your flatbread sandwiches. Try some vegan options such as guacamole, mustard, vinaigrette dressing or teriyaki sauce. A pesto or tomato type of sauce adds both flavor and Vitamin C. Some businesses, like Klosterman Baking Company, know how much fun it can be to make your own sauces. Using all the resources you have available in your kitchen can yield a wealth of savory flavors.
Protein Options
Protein is an important part of your meal. It helps you to feel full and provides your body with a lasting source of energy. For your vegan flatbread sandwich, consider options such as tofu or cooked and rinsed beans. Pine nuts, peas, quinoa, hummus, and seitan are also great vegan protein foods. Consider sprinkling in some chia or hemp seeds for a few more grams of protein.
Choose a rainbow of vegetables for your flatbread sandwich. If you prefer, grill or sauté the vegetables first. Some excellent options include leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Try deeply colored veggies such as red cabbage, pickled beets, red onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Add in some other favorites, such as slices of cucumber, avocado, sweet onions, lettuce or shredded carrots. Add in a sprig or two of parsley, cilantro or another favorite herb.
With all of the different protein, veggie and spread combinations, you could have a delicious and nutritious vegan flatbread sandwich every day of the week. Consider making a big batch of the flatbread on the weekend. The bread can be wrapped and stored in the freezer. For the fastest results, use a bread machine to do all the hard work for you.