A sandwich is as simple as bread, butter, a simple filling and some pickle, served on a plate. Today many companies charge a fortune for sandwiches made with factory-farmed ingredients and palm oil, sold in plastic and half-eaten wraps littered on streets. Things can be better! Try this Po-Boy Sandwich (Love & Lemons) which replaces the fried seafood with cauliflower. Avoid seaweed for thyroid/iodine issues.
Use vegan butters with no palm oil. Keep recipes away from pets, due to toxic ingredients. Don’t give leftover sandwiches to garden birds or wildfowl, as stale/crusty/mouldy bread can choke or harm, and butter can smear on feathers, affecting waterproofing and insulation.
To make a good sandwich, prep your salad in the fridge, adding at the end (if you use vegan cheese, grate this beforehand and add a little salt to tomato and cucumber slices, to prevent sliding). Choose a tasty vegan mayo, mustard or pickle to give some buzz, and if travelling, store in a reusable sandwich bag. For cafes, VegWare make compostable sandwich bags, with clear windows and write-on stickers.
For a prawn mayo sandwich, look in stores for Zeastar vegan shrimp, which tastes the same and is offered in many sandwich shops and restaurants. Use a good vegan mayo.
Prawns (larger versions of shrimp) are very popular in sandwiches, but the trawling process is devastating for the planet. Most shrimp is farmed, and the creatures kept in pools, with waste carried to sea (the ponds often have chemicals). And bottom trawlers literally drag away other creatures and mangrove forests underground, as they get caught in the nets.
Shrimp farming has made certain areas of Bangladesh impossible to live in, due to polluted waters. It takes around 5 square miles of cleared mangrove forest to produce just over 2 pounds of shrimp, with the land depleted and unusable for 40 years. In fact, it is worse a situation underwater, than land rainforests destroyed for cattle farming. And the nets also catch other creatures including sea turtles, which are simply then tossed from the boats (shrimp trawling only takes 2% of the world’s fish, yet is responsible for a third of all by-catch).