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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.
Hold onto your hats friends, I’ve got THE BEST BBQ sandwich coming your way this morning. A big ol’ roll stuffed with simple bbq lentils and a massive pile of tangy apple slaw on top. These sandwiches are perfect for upcoming game watch parties, weeknight dinners or a hearty lunch.
The first time I made these, BL ended up going back for a second sandwich and then eating most of the filling and slaw together with a fork after he was done with that. Safe to say these are a winner. It’s no secret that we love lentils in my house, and this simple meal is the perfect way to enjoy more plant-based protein in your diet.
They also couldn’t be easier to make! The lentils are sautéed with onion, shredded carrots and lots of smoky spices. The idea of adding in shredded carrots comes from Dana over at Minimalist Baker who uses this technique to give the mixture more of a stringy, pulled-pork look. I think the addition of carrots also adds a subtle sweetness and helps to hold the lentil filling together. However, the trick is making sure that your carrots are freshly shredded; pre-shredded ones in a bag won’t work the same way. I use my food processor to finely shred them, but a box shredder will also work.
For the apple slaw, I’m using one of my favorite apples: Autumn Glory Apples by Superfresh Growers. If you’re unfamiliar with this apple brand, they are grown in Central Washington and have a brilliant flavor, crisp texture and pinkish-red blush to them. Personally, I think they taste a lot like caramel apple cider, the perfect apple to bake with to balance savory recipes or just snack on! Vander loves these apples most with a thin smear of almond butter.
If you like Fuji and Golden Delicious apples, then you will love these as they are a cross between the two! However, like all fruit grown by Superfresh Growers, they are completely GMO-free. I can find them in my local grocery store and at Trader Joe’s!
I wanted the slaw for these vegan BBQ sandwiches to be sweet and tangy, and the Autumn Glory apples provide the perfect balance of the two. I combined shredded apples with shredded green cabbage, a little lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and dairy-free mayo.
I hope you enjoy these vegan BBQ sandwiches as much as we did! If you’re looking for more hearty vegan sandwiches, then you’ll want to try my cashew cheese veggie sandwiches, vegan egg salad sandwiches or curry tempeh wrap!
Vegan BBQ Sandwich with Autumn Glory Apple Slaw! This vegan lentil BBQ sandwich is perfect for game-days, Superbowl or weeknight dinners. Packed with plant-based protein, fiber and so delicious.
Vegan BBQ Sandwich Filling
Autumn Glory Apple Slaw