BBQ Carrot Sandwiches

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I've been a vegetarian {pescatarian rather, as this girl has not been able to give up her fish & chips!} since January 2013, which means I've been meat free going on three and a half years. If you knew me four years ago, that's just crazy talk!

When Jared and I first discussed going meat free, it was a bit of a tough pill to swallow. I love food, and to me "food" encompassed just about anything that I could eat, including fried chicken and juicy hamburgers. However, when weighed against my desire for animals big and small to lead loved and happy lives (and my seriously depressed state over learning about some practices in the chicken industry), I knew we needed to make the change.

And it was...surprisingly easy. We gave away all the meat products in our home to friends and family. We opted for meatless foods when we went out to eat {which may be even tastier, as skipping the meat on a happy hour menu tends to leave only fried options available to you!}. We tried a few pepperoni substitutes because I was convinced my life could never be complete without it. Then we gave up on those because they were disgusting...

I'm not saying everyone should give up meat or that all folks in the meat industry treat their animals poorly. Hell, I'm not even saying I'm an amazing vegetarian; I mean, I still eat aquatic life and if someone makes me a delicious meal that happens to use meat broth, I'm going to eat it and enjoy it (because I realize not everyone thinks about how every ingredient they use might effect me). What I am saying is this: Vegetarians can still make some damn tasty food!

Take this recipe for example. I loved BBQ pulled pork and chicken sandwiches just as much as the next girl for the first 25 years of my life. And these BBQ Carrot Sandwiches? Well, they're one heck of a substitute with two advantages over meat: 1) It is so easy to make and takes a total of 45 minutes from start to finish {30 minutes of which are spent in the oven with minimal interaction} and 2) You're getting an extra serving of veggies in while eating them. How can you argue with that?! And did I say they were tasty?

Even if your first thought is "Oh, hell no!", you should give these sandwiches a chance. Just one chance!

If you change your mind, I'm the first in line
Carrots are tasty
Take a chance on me
Barbecue is the key
Take a chance on me


  • 10 oz shredded carrots (3-5 carrots)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • Sandwich buns/rolls


  1. Mix carrots, onion and olive oil together in a bowl.
  2. Spread the mixture on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  3. Cover the cookie sheet with tin foil and cook at 375°F for 30 minutes.
  4. Add BBQ sauce and carrot mixture to a pan and bring to a simmer.
  5. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Scoop the mixture onto some buns (hamburger buns, sheesh!) and you've got yourself a BBQ sandwich! Top with arugula - I did for the first one and it was dang tasty! - or cheese or eat it as is.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go sing some ABBA to my cat and dance with her while she gives me eyes that say "Oh dear god, why!?"

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