What is The Vegan(ish) Experiment?

Our family (me, my husband D, and our four-year-old Molly) started 2009 with a mostly-vegan, macrobiotic-inspired diet (although I have to admit, the strict macro rules have pretty much gone out the window). I have seen a marked improvement in my chronic migraines, and I'm enjoying proving that we can make amazing, mouth-watering, memorable food without animal products. For a more in-depth intro, click here.

I stopped updating this blog quite awhile back, when life got in the way. I'm still keeping a mostly vegan kitchen, though, and loving it. Have fun browsing my recipes!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Day 61: Simple Black Bean Sandwich Filling

I made a very successful coconut curry last night, which I'll blog soon [edited to add: click here for that one!] But first, a quickie.

No picture today, because this dish is ugly! But it tastes good, and it goes inside a sandwich ... so no one cares what it looks like. I made this Black Bean and Green Olive sandwich filling when I realized I had no baked tofu or tempeh for our sandwiches tomorrow. It has three ingredients ... hard to beat that!

Black Bean and Green Olive Sandwich Spread

3 T. refried black beans (I use the organic, vegetarian ones from Bearitos - they are SO good!)
2-3 jumbo, or 4-5 regular-sized, green olives
1 T. salsa (I use Trader Joe's salsa verde; use something spicier if you want more kick.)

  1. Chop olives into small pieces.
  2. Mix all ingredients and spread on pita or firm bread.
This only makes enough for one big sandwich, so scale up as necessary. We used a cabbage-and-broccoli slaw mix on the sandwiches with it. Yum!


  1. I needed a sandwich lunch to take to a meeting today - didn't have any green olives so used black. It tastes good but I think green would give it more flavor - will get some and try it.

  2. Hi Mom -
    Yeah, I do think that the black olives are probably too mild. But maybe adding something sour, like some lime juice, would help if black is all you've got.

  3. black beans and olives, how could is possibly go wrong!?! I'm looking for vegan meal ideas (for just one person even) to take as lunch. This fits the bill perfectly as I just made a big ole pot of black beans. Thank you for posting this recipe, Becki. I bookmarked your blog as well and look forward to reading it :)


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