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Egg + MLT (Mushroom, Lettuce, & Tomato) Sandwich – Cooking with CoCo

Hi Aspirers!

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Aspirers I’ve recently started making sandwiches again. I’ve been trying to stay away from foods with high carbohydrates. One day while in Walmart I came across thinned slice organic bread and I fell in love because it was 14g compared to the 23g that I’m used to eating.

Anyway, I wanted a sandwich that was filling but also not to heavy so I decided to make a MLT. I’ve never had one or heard of it before. Let me tell you if I could only eat one sandwich for the rest of my life this would be it. I’m not exaggerating! This sandwich is that good. If you’re looking for a great vegan option a regular MLT without a fried egg on top will be just as delicious. It’s great for brunch or lunch.

Let’s get into how I made this sandwich.

First you need your fresh vegetables which are shiitake mushrooms, slices of tomatoes, and green leaf lettuce. Also need garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, your bread of choice, hickory flavor liquid smoke, egg, mayo, and horseradish sauce. Cheese is optional.

To make this sandwich completely vegan purchase vegan cheese, mayo, and horseradish sauce. For your egg there’s an egg substitute brand called Just Egg which you can make a scramble in place of a fried egg.

Next you want to start sautéing your mushroom in the oil of your choice and season with garlic powder, black pepper, and onion powder. You can add as much or as little season that you like. If you like flavor then you’ll want more than a dash. You will have to add additional oil to prevent the seasoning from burning in the pan.

Once the mushrooms are brown push them to the side of the pan to continue cooking on low heat and put a splash of liquid smoke on the mushrooms. As those cook place your bread in the pan to toast.

Once the bread is toasted on the non-toasted side add your mayo with a dash of black pepper and onion powder to your bread.

Now it’s time to fry your egg. I like my egg over medium but you can fry it sunny side up, over hard or whatever you like. If you don’t like eggs you can skip this step too. No need to add any additional seasoning to your egg because there’s still season in the pan from your mushrooms. Also toss your mushrooms to make sure they aren’t burning in the pan.

While your egg is cooking it’s time to add your other vegetables to your sandwich. Lay the lettuce and tomatoes onto both sides of your bread. Then add your horseradish just to one side. If you don’t like horseradish that’s fine you can leave it off and just add more mayo in place. The sauce in the middle will help keep your sandwich toppings in place better. Think of it as the glue for the sandwich.

It’s fine to add your mushrooms. Doesn’t that look delicious? If you want you can eat the sandwich as is and it’s really good but if not let’s add more toppings.

Add cheese on top of your mushrooms. Again you can stop right here and you’ll be happy but if you want a loaded sandwich let’s keep it going.

Let’s add the egg next! Doesn’t this look good!! We’re not done yet because you’re continuing to load this sandwich we’re going to add one more thing.

We’re going to sprinkle a little more cheese! Omg this sandwich is going to be so good!!

Now close that sandwich and cut in half. I cut mind into two triangles but you don’t have to do it like me.

Do you see this SANDWICH! Just look at it. Do you see the layers of flavors? I want to make myself another one because it’s so good. If you want to finish off this meal add a side item. I made a parfait since this is brunch for me but you can do whatever.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe give it a try. Let me know in the comments if you tried it and how did you like it. Don’t forget to like and share. To be the first to know about a new post follow my blog.

Talk soon, Courtney Renee

To Be Treated As A Person Shouldn’t Be A Request

Hi, Aspirers today I want to talk about something that will be uncomfortable but it’s necessary. I was brought up in a household of love but living in a society that still has hate in their hearts. Our ancestors fought for our freedom why would we stop? Why should we stop?

Just because someone looks different doesn’t mean they are any less. I love being around people that are different from me because we can educate each other. Hopefully one day our descendants will grow up in a society where they don’t have to protest and riot to be seen as equal. To be treated as a person shouldn’t be a request.

So much has been taken from us and is claimed as someone else’s. This society isn’t justice for all it’s clearly justice for y’all. Being treated fairly shouldn’t be difficult. Those people with hate in their hearts choose to be that way. As easily you can learn hatred you can easily find love. Those that choose to have a hatred heart will be bond to lack empathy, compassion, and love. Why put so much effort into a negative mindset?

There are multiple ways on how you can help out the black community. Our community tends to be used by corporations that benefit themselves by using us as they see fit by taking our culture to turn into dollars but lack consideration for us as people. If you have to reach out to these businesses/corporations to put out statements you clearly can see what they support but still consider reaching out to them to make it known that we see they aren’t taking action and change needs to happen.

Looking to support black businesses in NC check out Official Black Dollar and visit their website to look up black businesses. For a broader search check out Official Black Wall Street to check out a directory for black own businesses in general.

Donate to NC bail support funds TEXT NCSPAN to 22999. NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union, Fair Fight, Know Your Rights Camp, Color of Change, National Bail Out, GoFundMe George Floyd, Campaign Zero, Reclaim the Block, and Unicorn Riot. That’s just to name a few.

Educate yourself by having those uncomfortable conversations. It’s okay to ask questions. How can we fix and issue without having these conversations? We all don’t have the answer but support and understanding each other is important for this change to happen. Want to be able to bring dialogue and have conversations with younger generations here are some books you can read: The Skin I’m In, White Socks Only, One Crazy Summer, The Lions of Little Rock, and All American Boys.

Your vote does matter! Go out and vote for people in office that care about the same injustice as you do.

Lastly, I want to end this post with these powerful quotes.

“Have a vision. Be demanding.”
– Colin Powell

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
– Maya Angelou

“The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.”
– Eldridge Cleaver

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
– Barack Obama

Talk soon, Courtney Taylor