“Pulled” Veggie Sandwich

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So I finally ate lunch at Paradise Valley Burger in Phoenix. Taylor has been going there for a few years and tells my how amazing their hamburgers and Lucky Charm shakes are. Well, since I don’t eat meat and never really want a shake, I hadn’t bothered to go there even though it is only a mile or so from my house. Turns out that little hole in the wall was featured on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives! I still didn’t think they would have anything I’d like, but when our friends were in town a few weeks ago we stopped there for lunch after a hungry-making hike. I scanned the menu and the Pulled Veggie Sandwich caught my eye. I asked if it was vegetarian and they said yes—Sold! It was delicious! Some kind of spicy, barbecuey, cheesy mess that made my tastebuds rejoice.

Well, today I was thinking about that sandwich and considered stopping over to Paradise Valley Burger to get one. Then I thought about the fridge full of leftovers and decided to be responsible and find something there to eat.

Hmm. We had sautéed peppers and onions from Tuesday’s fajitas, some barbecue sauce, philly steak rolls, pepper jack cheese. Hey, this could work!

I put the pepper jack cheese on one half of the roll, buttered the other half, and put it under the broiler. Then I pulled out the fajita veggies (I guess that makes it a “pulled” veggie sandwich), mixed it with a little barbecue sauce and popped it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Once the cheese in the broiler was melted nicely I took the bread out of the oven and loaded it with the veggies.

Let me tell you, it was amazing!!! After a few bites I remembered the chopped avocado in the fridge and added it to the mix which gave it that “extra something” that wasn’t even missing, but made it just that much better.

Next time I make fajitas (which will probably be next week) I am doubling the onions and peppers.

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Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.