14 delicious sarnies for meat free lunches

This Cancer Prevention Action Week, put away the processed meat and pack in the plants with the Great British Sarnie Swap!

Posted : 20 February 2023

In honour of Cancer Prevention Action Week, the World Cancer Research Fund is taking aim at a common culprit: processed meat. With research showing a 16% increased risk of bowel cancer for every 50g of processed meat consumed (which is equivalent to the average slice of ham), it’s clear that a change is needed. So we’re weighing in with our favourite plant-based sandwich alternatives for this week’s Great British Sarnie Swap!

Let’s get started with a Meat Free Monday showstopper …

#1 Meat Free Reuben Sandwich

There’s a lot to digest in this Reuben sandwich, literally! Caramelised onions, sauerkraut, vegan pastrami and cheese come together to create this iconic whopper, courtesy of Ruby’s Vegan Diner.

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#2 Plant-Based Cheese and Tomato

You can’t go wrong with fresh tomatoes and slices of plant-based cheese packed into a sandwich. For that extra gooey centre, why not toast it?

#3 Peanut Butter and Banana

This one may take you back to school packed lunches there’s no denying that peanut butter and banana make for a classic and comforting combination!

peanut butter and banana sandwiches

#4 Mushroom and Red Pepper Sandwich 

Sink your teeth into this hearty sandwich bursting with umami-rich mushrooms and vibrant, caramelised red peppers!

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#5 Coronation Chickpea

Add some ground spices and fresh herbs to slightly baked chickpeas, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, protein-packed sandwich filling – it’s a real winner!

#6 Smoked Tofu

Enjoy the satisfying texture and robust flavours of smoked tofu layered between fresh bread and topped with crunchy veg! Grill the tofu slices or throw them in an air fryer for a few minutes to enhance the smokiness.

#7 Baked Beetroot Falafel

These beetroot falafels from So Vegan are packed with lots of good stuff, including iron and omega-3 fatty acids, and baking is a great way to reduce the calorie count.

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#8 Cucumber and Vegan Cream Cheese

Imagine you’re at a fancy afternoon tea while you chow down on this sandwich – light, cool and refreshing!

plant-based cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches

#9 Courgette, Pepper and Aubergine Baguette

Taste the rainbow with this flavour-packed veggie sarnie!

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#10 Veggie ‘Meat’ Slices and Mustard

Change up the components of this sandwich with slices of veggie ‘ham’, ‘chicken’, ‘turkey’ or whatever takes your fancy. They all go well with a sliver of mustard and a bit of salad thrown in!

#11 Hummus, Carrot and Salad Open Sandwich

Treat your taste buds to a tasty combination of creamy hummus, crunchy carrots, earthy beetroot and a peppery kick of rocket!

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#12 Avo Toast

Perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack, this simple Avo Toast is substantial and won’t leave you craving anything naughty!

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#13 Vegan BLT

Packed full of veg, shaved carrot and smoky rashes of veggie ‘bacon’, you’ll be craving this sandwich over and over again!

#14 ‘Fish’ Finger Doorstop Butties

A true British classic with a plant-based twist – the goujons in these ‘fish’ finger sandwiches are made from heart of palm which provides a nice flaky texture!

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We’d love to know your favourite, go-to plant-based sandwich!

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