A Savory Open-Face Breakfast Sandwich

December 30, 2015

A Savory Open-Face Breakfast Sandwich by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

We are back in Colorado after seven days with our parents in Arizona. We exchanged the snow for some sunshine and it was just what our holiday hearts ordered. There were Christmas traditions, revisiting of old stomping grounds, and new members of the family to welcome. Although it was still pretty chilly, it was nothing compared to the 16F air that greeted us back here in Denver (!!!). We left the radiators off in our apartment to prevent our neglected Christmas tree from spontaneously bursting into flames – and came home to an ice box. No exaggeration. The floor was ice, along with every item in our house. The hand soap had even frozen! I stood in the hot shower, holding my conditioner bottle beneath the running water to thaw, so I could finally wash all of the “airplane” off of me. Humans are nasty, aren’t we? I’ll take sleeping in a tent and hanging with the dirt and trees over crowding amongst humans any day. The coughing, sneezing, food crumbling, dirty clothes wearing, germ carrying specimens we are gross me out over any smudge of earth I’ve ever worn on my face. However, I love these gosh darn icky humans with all my heart and am just thankful to be home and showered – and to spend the day doing laundry and cleaning and juicing to help me reset/settle back into life’s flow. This year is going to be a stellar one, I can feel it in my blood. When I think about 2016 I get giddy, I’m not sure why, but I have this intuition that never has lead me astray. So I’m going to start celebrating a bit early this week, busting out the brainstorming books, dusting off my juicer, and getting inventive in the kitchen. After my first year of blogging-my-brains-out I’ve decided to look back and take time to reflect on what worked, what didn’t, what broke me, and what excited me. Over the next few weeks I hope to narrow down how I wish to pursue this year of work and any changes that might take place here on FW. I’ll be keeping you posted, and am feeling darn right giddy about it all. I hope you ring in the new year smiling this week, and if you wake up after a night of sweet indulgences with a savory tooth – I have just the breakfast sammie for you here. Pop down to read more about it’s magic, and have the happiest of holidays this week! Woot woot!

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I’m excited to get to introduce you to another amazing maker who I discovered through Hatchery today – meet Christina, the founder of The Set Table, which operates out of both Okinawa, Japan, and Leavenworth, Kansas. They provide meal kits for delivery in both towns, which are focused around local provisions and The Set Table’s hand-mixed spice blends. I love how Christina started this company in Japan out of a desire to create something that could be locally enjoyed by her community, and then continued it when her and her family relocated to Kansas. I’m all for supporting local makers and think its so wonderful that their hand-mixed spice blends aren’t just sold, but used by them in their weekly meal planning for the meal kit delivery orders. Luckily for those of us who don’t live in Okinawa or Leavenworth, we can still enjoy The Set Table‘s lovely blends – such as the East Meets Zest blend I use in my recipe here – by ordering them through Hatchery! I honestly cannot say enough how ecstatic I have been to discover so many wonderfully talented makers all over the United States through Hatchery’s inventory, this spice blend included. It’s stellar because it is just the spice, giving you control over the amount of salt and pepper you wish to add each time you use this blend. It’s also so wonderful because if you are anything like me, you tend to keep things simple and routine based when it comes to seasoning meals in the kitchen. Normally this breakfast sandwich would have only received a little salt and pepper, but because I had this blend on hand I was inspired to jazz things up (even in the wee hours of the morning). I love the fresh zing you get from the dried orange zest, and the little kick from the cayenne. It goes wonderfully rubbed on seared tofu here, but would also be fantastic tossed with roasting vegetables or a bowl of beans and rice.

Of course this sandwich can be enjoyed any time of day, but I was especially craving something savory for breakfast the other week when Christmas cookie recipe testing was at an all-time high. The overnight spelt rolls can totally be made in advance. I love how they are the perfect mix between a bread roll and an english muffin. Just perfect for toasting and enjoying as a sandwich. I’m all about my massaged greens lately, and they add a good boost of nutrients as well as freshness to start the day off feeling strong. I always go for a long distance run in the morning, so the protein from the tofu I find extra nourishing. The zesty spice blend is balanced out by the cool and creamy avocado slices, and then there is the slight crunch from the sesame seeds. Served with a glass of OJ, this sammie is one complete meal I am excited to enjoy over and over this season. Adding freshness to the winter months and energy for the day. Happy breakfasting this week (and New Years weekend) folks!

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Single serving, or up to 4 sandwiches.

sandwich assembly
1 overnight spelt roll (recipe follows)
1/2 block extra firm, sprouted tofu (4 ounces)
1 teaspoon East Meets Zest seasoning blend
a few pinches of salt
fresh greens*
cold pressed flax oil
1 small avocado, ripened
sesame seeds, white and black, to garnish (optional)

*For the fresh greens, I use spinach in my photos here – however I am more likely to grab fresh arugula or torn dino kale leaves in this recipe as well. All are fantastic.

overnight spelt rolls, makes 4
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup whole spelt flour
2/3 cup light spelt flour
(another 2/3 cup light spelt flour for the following morning)

Proof the hot (or warm, depending on the temperature recommended for your yeast) water, maple syrup, and yeast in a small bowl for 10 minutes until the top is covered in foam. Add the salt, whole spelt, and first 2/3 cup of the light spelt and mix well. Cover the mixing bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to slow rise overnight.

In the morning, remove the bowl of risen dough from the refrigerator (should have doubled in size and show signs of bubbles on top). Discard the plastic wrap, and stir in the remaining 2/3 cup light spelt flour until the dough begins to come together. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead a few times to get it into the shape of a smooth ball. Cut into 4 even sections, and shape them into 3×6 inch rectangles. Place the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a cloth towel. Let the rolls rise and come to temperature for 30 to 45 minutes while the oven preheats to 525F.

Once the rolls have warmed and the oven has preheated to 525F, remove the cloth towel and cut a few diagonal slits in the top of each roll with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes (or until lightly golden brown). Remove and transfer to a wire rack on the counter to fully cool. (Store any leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for a few days, in the refrigerator for a week, or the freezer for a month. Thaw and toast before serving.)

assemble the sandwich
Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove to medium heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan. Rinse and pat dry the tofu, and slice into two 1/2 inch thick rectangles. Sprinkle one side of each rectangle with 1/4 teaspoon of the East Meets Zest seasoning, along with a good pinch of sea salt. Place the seasoned side down in the skillet and sprinkle the bare side now with the same. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side until brown and crispy.

While the tofu is sizzling, add a good 2 handfuls of fresh greens to a bowl and lightly drizzle with a teaspoon or two of flax oil. Using your fingers, massage the greens gently until wilted (1 to 2 minutes for more delicate greens such as spinach or arugula, and up to 10 minutes for tougher greens such as kale or chard). Set the massaged greens aside for now and slice one of the overnight spelt rolls in half. Place the roll (cut sides down) in a dry skillet on the stove and toast on medium heat for a few minutes.

Place the toasted roll cut side up on a plate and top with the massaged greens, seared tofu, fresh avocado slices, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds (if desired). Serve with freshly squeezed orange juice – and enjoy your morning.


A Savory Open-Face Breakfast Sandwich by Faring Well #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table December 30, 2015 at 5:49 am

    I hope this year is as exciting as your gut is telling you! I, too, am trying to gather my thoughts and make new plans for this year of blogging. But really, I’m mainly using this time to recharge and start the year renewed.
    And no more icebox homes – that must have been AWFUL!

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much Ksnia! I hope you are getting in some good rest and feel recharged for the year to come. And yes, happy our home is nice and cozy now :) PHEW. Happy new year! <3

  • Reply Anna December 30, 2015 at 7:33 am

    yumyy!! sounds delish :)


  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow December 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Mmmm this sandwich looks like everything I want in a breakfast sammie, and everything I’ll probably need for NY day! (Hint: Hangover cure w/ some bright greens to bring me back to life.) Your tofu looks so perfect and crispy :)

    I’m so glad y’all are back in your home, freezing cold and all. And I sincerely hope the hand soap has thawed out. LOL, that’s too funny!

    I don’t know what 2016 will hold for you or for me or for anyone for that matter, but I sincerely hope it’s a good one for you, lady! It’s been a pleasure spending 2015 alongside you on the interwebs. xoxox

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Hangover cure for sure! Thanks tons for the sammie love Brooke :). And I know right, all soaps have thawed and the pipes were still working so YAY. Its sincerely been the best getting to know you, I absolutely adore you and your blog and your sweet presence in the blogosphere. So excited for all that is to come in 2016! One thing I specifically want to have happen is another hang sesh with you ;) xo

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun December 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Ah Jessie, I’m such a humongous tofu fan! This is an excellent idea for a breakfast sandwich, so bright and beautiful too. I am in complete shock that your house was frozen, insanity! But this weather has been frigid, with nice highs of freezing here in SoDak. So excited to have connected this year, and looking forward to your gorgeous outlook for the new year. Be well sweetest of hearts, and happy New Years. ♥

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      YAY thanks for the sandwich (and tofu) love Danielle! I know. It was a low of 5F when we got in so no wonder it was such an ice cave! Mega grateful for our radiators. And goodness I’m so excited to have connected with you too! You have the sweetest heart and I’m just so excited to continue following along on your gorgeous accounts this year – you are one inspiration girl! Happy happy new year friend :) XO

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore December 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I’m excited to see what next year brings for you!! You are a fantastic blogger and recipe creator!! I love reading your posts :) Its so fun to look back and analyze all the highs and lows of the past year and to look forward to the fresh start of a new year! Keep being awesome – Happy New Year!!

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Aw thank you KJ! You are the sweetest. So glad to have met :). Thank you tons for the encouragement and your always-super-sweet-comments <3 happy new year to you!

      • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore January 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        I’m glad we’ve met as well :) Thanks for all your help and tips too!

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist December 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    This is my kind of sandwich. Your photos are gorgeous. I love that you made the rolls…they look perfect. We are agreed on airplane/public transportation grossness. I’ll take the wild outdoors over gum, crumb, and spit-up covered seats ANY DAY. I’m glad your pipes didn’t freeze and you had a warm shower to come home to. Personally, my sanity doesn’t quite return until after a shower.

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I am so right there with you on the shower (!!!) and glad someone else feels the way I do about the public transit grossness ;). Thank you for your sweet sweet words Kathryn, I hope you have a great New Years!! XO

  • Reply Chelsea | Whole Bite Blog December 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    This looks incredible! The perfect savory breakfast. (or lunch!) I love spice blends of ALL kinds, and that one in particular sounds amazing! So glad to hear you had a good christmas week and are looking forward to the new year! Can’t wait to see what recipes you have in store :)

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much Chelsea! You are so sweet, and YES this spice blend is just fantastic. Totally the right kick to have in the morning :). Thank you for following along and your always super kind and encouraging comments <3 happy new year lady!

  • Reply Shirley December 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I love this and had never heard of sprouted tofu! I also love the seasoning :) Delicious and simple!

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Ah yes it is so good! And thank you, it really is always the simplest that turn our best right?! Hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve tonight Shirley, see you in 2016! ;)

  • Reply Sabine @ Sweet Lemons & Lilikoi December 30, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Ah – this is absolutely my kind of sandwich. Love it. And part of my goals for 2016 – bake bread and work more with yeast. Seeing you delicious rolls truly inspires me. I wish you a lovely start into 2016 Jessie. Thank you for your good advice and get in touch if you visit the East Bay (no frozen homes here, at least not yet ;)) Cheers!

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much Sabine! I’ll cheers to making more bread from scratch ;) and I sincerely wish you the best in 2016 too! xo

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full December 31, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    This looks so yummy, Jessie!! I feel like we vegans have seemingly less variety on the savory breakfast route (especially not eating eggs!) But this is such an amazing answer to that quandary. Breakfast sandwiches are da bomb and this one knocks it out of the park!! :D

    • Reply Faring Well December 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      I totally agree – even though I’m sure there are tons of options it just feels that way sometime for the of us who were raised on eggs! Thanks for the sandwich love friend, cheers to a happy (and healthy) new year! xo

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens January 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Omg that airplane smell. My parents live 15 hours away on a plane away from me and I feel pretty gross every time I have to get off that long flight! I hope you are proud of all the” blogging your brains out” that you did this year- you deserve the biggest pat on the back! Having read almost all of your posts I could tell how hard you worked and i hope you treat yourself something nice to celebrate! I am much more of a sweet breakfast person because (as Sarah mentions above) there aren’t that many vegan options when it comes to savoury brekkie. But hey, these sandwiches + tofu scrambles + veggie hashes are a great solution to that problem :D Happy new year, Jessie! <3

    • Reply Faring Well January 2, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Oh my goodness Genevieve, this was way too sweet of you and I just appreciate you so much. Thank you for encouraging me time and time again, and for taking a moment to write me this. I hope you had a great New Year and are totally pumped for 2016! xo

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen January 3, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Happy new year Jessie! I have really enjoyed coming here for a read this year, your writing is so relatable and inspiring, and written in a way that feels like you might be speaking straight from the screen – and today is no different! I agree that aeroplane humans are of the worst icky variety – but you can’t really blame us, cooped up in little cattle-class seats for hours on end – a shower is always the one thing I crave, and the first thing I make happen straight off the plane. I can’t imagine, sitting here in an NZ summer, coming home to a house so frozen – I hope you were able to warm it up quickly! We were in Denver last Christmas (my Aunt lives in Colorado and had always wanted us to have a Christmas with her) and I remember the bone-chilling cold only too well – winter in Auckland is more damp and chilly (and only chilly because no one seems to wear proper coats!), than icy and biting. Hope your 2016 is just as stellar as you can feel – and these open sandwiches seem like a pretty good place to start!

    • Reply Faring Well January 4, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Claudia! Thank you so much. I really appreciated your sweet comment and am so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed this space in 2015 :). My goodness it can get cold here, and it sounds like you know too well! I would love to be in NZ for Christmas one year and experience it in summer, sounds absolutely wonderful <3. Hope you had a gorgeous holiday and happy 2016! xo

  • Reply betty January 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Ah Jessie, I love your giddiness and excitement in this post. I can’t wait to hear about your thoughts on the past year! I’ve been doing a ton of reflection too (esp about the blogging thing) and we should talk!! I love this post – I seriously love you x Hatchery’s collaboration, and your general enthusiasm about everything that you do. Have a lovely 2016 – it’s going to be great! I am so happy I connected with you this year, and I am looking forward to meeting you IRL sometime :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 4, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Betty! You are my favorite. Thank you tons and tons <3. I am so crazy glad I met you and am constantly so inspired by you! Thank you for your sweet sweet words here and for taking the time to write me this :). I seriously cannot wait to meet you IRL, hopefully sometime soon :). Happy 2016 friend!

  • Reply Erica January 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I really love avocado. With spinach and tofu it looks like more then just my favorite avocado! It is supersandwich hero! You could play the Snow Queen at your frozen home :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 4, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Aw yay! So glad you find this recipe to be a super-sandwich-hero! LOVE IT. I’ve happily taken off my snow queen crown and embraced the radiators ;) haha thank you for your positive spin! Happy New Year Erica!

  • Reply Gena January 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I am a huge savory breakfast person, and in the winter more so than usual. This looks like such a wonderful meal, and it would be a great lunch, too.

    I’m so glad my vegan transition tips spoke to you. Happy 2016, friend, and so glad we “met” in 2015!

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thanks so much Gena, you are so sweet and honestly such an inspiration! So glad we “met” too :) xo

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