I cannot believe we are already more than halfway through this year…
Here in Montreal, the summer is definitely in full swing with the temperatures consistently reaching 30ºC (86ºF)! Sadly, with the many fires that are raging in the north of the province of Quebec, the air quality has been really poor.
I really hope that these fires stop soon as they have done quite a lot of damage, affecting hundreds of homes and burning thousands of kilometres of forest!
I am trying to stay positive and trust that things will go back to normal soon enough, while remaining deeply grateful for my situation.
Historically speaking, whenever I have felt a sense sadness, anger, and even fear, turning my attention to what nourishes my soul has always helped. For me, that often means creating: painting, drawing, writing, taking photos, and of course cooking.
This sandwich is what I would classify as a wonderful spring/summer comfort recipe. With multiple layers of flavours and textures, it is an ode to two iconic summer vegetables: zucchinis and lettuce.
It is also the perfect balance of creamy and rich, with a wonderful tang, and a very fragrant and boldly flavoured protein element: the Thai Green Curry Tempeh.
When it comes to the ingredients used in this recipe, below are the ones I used.
For any modifications, refer to the Swaps & Comments section.
Zucchini: In this recipe, it is grilled on a cast iron grill pan, which turns it much softer in texture and gives it with lovely smoky notes thanks the char marks.
Sea salt & pepper: The main seasoning elements of both the zucchini and the mashed avocado. Simple yet impactful, they give flavour to the veggies in this sandwich, while not overpowering the flavour of the tempeh.
Avocado: Since the tempeh is so fragrant, I wanted a cooling, rich element to balance out this sandwich, and avocado does just that!
Lime juice: It adds a subtle tang to this sandwich, while keeping the avocado from browning.
Vegan mayo: Used in my Dijon Mayo spread, it adds richness to this sandwich.
Whole grain Dijon mustard: I love the tang and texture dijon mustard adds to any recipe it is used in so I added it here.
Whole wheat bread: ‘Cause you do need some bread to hold a sandwich together.
Curly lettuce: I used it for a touch of greenery and texture.
Thai Green Curry Tempeh: The real star of this sandwich because of its green curry aroma, which gives this sandwich its unique flair.
I created this recipe a few weeks ago and haven’t had it since, but as I am writing this down, I remember just how much I loved this sandwich! Sam and I ate it for a few days in a row as I was testing this recipe and every time, it was a real treat!
I encourage you, as you put this recipe together, to really enjoy the preparation of each element and take your time enjoying this sandwich. It has so many flavours that you wouldn’t want to miss out on tasting them because you are rushed.
I hope that if you try making this recipe, you share about it on social media and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).
Happy cooking ✦
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