Meat is usually the main ingredient of any sandwich, but this dinner takes vegetables that are typically just toppings and makes them the mainstay of the meal. The beauty of this sandwich is that you have so many interesting, healthy options from which to choose. Chickpeas, sprouts, avocado, eggplant, roasted or sautéed tomatoes and various types of lettuce make delicious sandwich staples, and you can use all of them, piled high, at the same time. Different sauces, dressings, cheeses and spreads add spice, and you can even jazz things up with various pita or wraps -- tomato basil, spinach and whole wheat all add flavor. Vegetarian sandwiches are versatile, and you can serve them hot or cold, grilled or chilled.
This sandwich deflates the theory that sandwiches for dinner are a lazy and unimaginative choice. After all, mashed chickpeas with peppers, lemon juice and olive oil take time and creativity, and the result is healthier and probably tastier than your average meat-and-potatoes meal. Serve it with a warm soup, and everyone will leave happy.