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The Lazy Vegetarian


Recipe: "Parisian" Subs

The Lazy Vegetarian Abroad

Last year we traveled to Paris. Although I was warned that Paris/France was "difficult" for vegetarians, we found eating there very easy. It helped that we eat both dairy and eggs and that we stuck to less expensive eating establishments. I definitely recommend the Nutella banana crepes found at many street-side cafes. A version of the sandwiches I've recreated here are sold at many bakeries and small cafes.
Note: Vegans visiting Paris may be wise to stay in an apartment where they can cook close to one of the many health food stores located around the city ... or just near one of the few vegan-friendly restaurants.

Bakery-style subs/hoagies/rolls (soft and not too thick)
Mozzarella cheese (cow or buffalo milk), sold in a log or ball
Roma tomatoes
Salt and pepper (freshly ground if possible)
Herbes de Provence* (or substitute some combination of thyme, marjoram, basil, fennel & sage)

Slice bread open, but leave edge attached. Slice both cheese and tomatoes into thick slices. Place on bread and, if possible, toast in toaster oven or oven until just warm. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and herbs to taste.

I served this last night with a simple fruit salad. It makes a very nice summertime dinner.

* I have another recipe that uses these herbs which I should post this year closer to the holidays.

14 comment(s):

It's so easy to make things like this to eat sometimes and yet they're always refreshing to the palate. Someone with a vegan diet could substitute hummus or tofu for the cheese and dress it accordingly.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:12 AM  

I lived in Paris and I'm a lacto vegetarian. It was very difficult not eating eggs, especially after passing by the beautiful patisseries with all the luscious deserts. Talk about a lesson in will power! I'm a huge fan of subs so thank you so much for the recipe, I cannot wait to put it into practice!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 AM  

I love traveling and Paris is definitely one of my favorites. I agree - I didn't have much difficulty finding lacto-ovo-vegetarian options. I could survive for weeks on bread, cheese, and wine. Yum!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:41 AM  

I could live the rest of my life without eating cheese again after visiting Paris last December. In Versailles, I got an egg and goat cheese crepe and I think I was given a five ounce HUNK of goat cheese. Toward the end of the meal, I think my heart stopped beating.

By Blogger SW, at 10:05 AM  

I can recall the egg rolls and the brie and apple sandwiches that i got in the train station in paris. they were delicious. love your site. I'm adding you to my blogroll.

By Blogger The Chubby Vegetarian, at 5:37 PM  

If you can keep some whole grain baguettes around, have a can of roasted peppers (surprisingly cheap at the grocery store), some sort of protein, fresh herbs and a good spread (hummus, veggie mayo, pesto or sundried tomato spread) - you are totally set for a really gorgeous and delicious meal. Made this for the family yesterday and boy what a nice change from pb&js and noodles.
- another lazy veggie cook

By Blogger emily o, at 6:15 AM  

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By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:33 PM  

Hi, I was browsing through your website and i loved your recipes. I am a vegetarian living in paris and its not as hard as you might think to find vgetarian recipes and restaurants. I found a really useful website which is www.thetravellingcarrot.com i has hundreds of restaurants world wide, so its easy to find restaurants when travelling. which since i live in Europe is eas for me to do.
Hope you find that helpful for younext travel

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 AM  

Good to know there's plenty of vegetarian choices in Paris! I plan on going there someday...By the way, I like your name "The Lazy Vegetarian". Sounds a bit like me! I also have a food blog that I just started, so if you're ever curious, you can check it out!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:17 PM  

Do you have any experience with vegetarianism in England? I'm studying abroad there next term and am anxious because of what I've heard about British cuisine. I'm a new vegetarian, and am also blogging about my experiences! I would love any advice you have.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:21 PM  

I love this blog. I love cooking with seasonal fresh vegetable and I found this blog very useful. I am going to refer this friend to my friends who love organic cooking.

By Anonymous Rumela, at 8:01 AM  

Hi, good post. Yes, Paris is not a bad place to eat if you are veggie, or vegan. The rest of France really has some work to do, though! We live in central France and have difficulty finding anything other than omelettes to eat.

By Anonymous humpbuckle, at 10:16 AM  

I loved the baguettes with swiss cheese, lettuce and great whole-grain mustard. Pulls me right back to Paris anytime I have one!

By Blogger Kelly, at 11:09 AM  

We were also the same and found loads of great veggie food in Paris! Amazing cheese, mushrooms, fresh salads, breads, olives...how can you go wrong?

By Blogger Sara, at 9:26 AM  

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