You might have heard people say, ‘Oh, it’s easy to go low carb, you can just eat meat all day long!’. Well, that’s great for them. But what happens if you’re vegetarian?
Low carb and vegetarian diets don’t always get along too well together. But don’t panic. We’re going to show you that it is possible to enjoy a meat-free lower carb diet with this recipe for a delicious veg mayo sandwich, with minimal carbs.
What is a veg mayo sandwich?
It’s not a combination that’s all too common here in the UK. But over in India, it’s hugely popular. Especially at cafes. We tend to stick to egg mayonnaise, which is nice, but tends to lack ‘bite’, doesn’t it? This sandwich combines the creaminess and smoothness of the mayo with the fresh, crispy crunch of veggies, so you get a little bit of everything. Trust us, one bite and you’ll be totally hooked.
What you need
The great thing about this sandwich is that it’s super simple. All you need is…
Consider your bread carefully. Obviously, to keep the carbs down, you’ll want to choose a lower carb loaf. But not all lower carb breads will do the job. Some can be too dry, falling apart and leaving all your tasty filling splattered over the floor. Others can pull all the moisture out of the filling leaving you with a sad, soggy sarnie. Use a fresh LoCho loaf; it holds up well, and adds a bit of ‘oomph’ to the flavour.
Mayonnaise is naturally low carb, so your favourite store-bought mayo will work perfectly well for this recipe. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even make your own mayo at home. Use the 1-1-1 trick for a foolproof mayo; that’s one egg, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and one cup of oil. Whisk the egg and lemon juice together until frothy, then slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking until incorporated.
Corn and onions are popular veggies for the filling in India, but they’re not particularly low carb. The good news is that you can add pretty much whatever you want into the mix. Red peppers and carrots work well. As does cauliflower, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, celery, and more. We recommend grating or finely chopping the veggies so the mayo is easily able to hold everything together.
4. Added extras
There’s practically no limit as to what else you can add into your veg mayo sandwich mix. Why not stir in some grated cheese? Sprinkle in a load of black pepper? Add some dried herbs, or try out combinations of different spices. And if you like your butties to have a bit of a kick, you could always drizzle in some hot sauce. Think about trying different flavours of mayonnaise, too. There’s lots of varieties available today.
Making your butty
Mix up all your veggies, mayo, and added extras, and spread onto a slice of LoCho loaf. Pop another slice on top, give it a gentle press, and you’ve got yourself a creamy, crunchy, meat-free, lower carb sarnie.
But why stop there? In India, veg mayonnaise sandwiches are eaten in one of two ways: untoasted, or toasted. Pop it under the grill for a few minutes, or in the sandwich toaster, to give this a try.