Before my vegan days, my favorite sandwich at Starbucks was the Chicken Santa Fe Panini.  Sometimes I still get a hankering for the sandwich served on flatbread with the sour cream chili spread and peppers.  I always paired it with BBQ chips. (My favorite chip flavor!)

Well, I had faith I could replicate this sandwich using animal-free products, and also make it a bit healthier.  I took some risks by trying the Beyond Meat brand for the first time.  The result?  A delicious sandwich that hit the spot and I discovered a new found love of Beanitos Chipotle Barbeque chips! (To die for, and they have 5g of fiber and no potatoes!)

This panini was so simple to make and the Chipotle BBQ Beanitos are like a spicy romance for my taste buds!
This panini was so simple to make and the Chipotle BBQ Beanitos are like a spicy romance for my taste buds!

Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS:

Dressing:

I took my traditional Thousand Island recipe (mostly Ketchup and Mayo) and kicked it up a notch for this sandwich.  I don’t really measure when making dips and dressings, I just go by taste and color (it should be a light orangey-pink).

  • Ketchup
  • Vegenaise
  • Organicville BBQ Sauce
  • Tofutti Sour Supreme
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt & Pepper

Step 1: Mix ingredients for dressing by hand and set aside.

Step 2: Slice peppers.

Step 3: Toast flatbread. (I used the toaster oven.)

Step 4: While flatbread is toasting, cook Beyond Meat “Chicken” according to package. (Should only take a couple of minutes)

Step 5: Spread dressing lightly on both sides of the flatbread.  Place “cheese” on one side and “chicken” on the other.  Top with peppers and fold flatout together or put the two sides of the sandwich together.

Step 6: To melt the cheese, either place back in toaster oven until “cheese” is melted.  (This can sometimes take a bit) Or pop in the microwave for a few seconds if you’re impatient!

Step 7: Serve with a side of your favorite chips!  Barbeque pairs well (especially the Beanitos!  You have to try them!)

author

Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.

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