(Vegetarian) Cheesesteak Sandwich

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When you hear "cheesesteak," images of indulgence and gluttony infiltrate your brain. But this doesn't have to be the case. My version of cheesesteak is vegetarian and can even be vegan if you use Daiya cheese (or any other vegan variety). Spiced mushrooms cooked with red peppers bring the dense, meaty texture and taste to the sandwich while the cheese and bun do their usual thing. You'll love this healthified version of cheesesteak, maybe even more than the original, for both its guilt-free appeal and classic flavor. Enjoy!

Recipe: (Vegetarian) Cheesesteak Sandwich

Vegetarian Cheesesteak Photo by Aylin Erman Serves 2

What You'll Need:

1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced
1 pound button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
4 tablespoons store-bought, sugar-free marinara sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
2 whole-grain hotdog buns or sub rolls

What To Do:

  1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil In a pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and bell pepper and cook for about 5-8 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened and their water has evaporated. Set aside.
  2. In a separate pan, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook until caramelized (about 10-15 minutes).
  3. While the onions are cooking, prepare the buns. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place buns on foil.
  4. On the inside of each bun, spread 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce. Sprinkle each bun with 1/4 of the cheddar cheese and 1/4 of the mozzarella.
  5. Equally portion the onion mixture between the two sauced and cheesed buns.
  6. Atop the onions, equally portion the mushroom and red pepper mixture between the two buns.
  7. Finish by the layering with the remainder of the cheese, again portioning it equally between the two buns.
  8. Leaving the sandwiches open-faced, cover with foil, and place in the preheated oven for five minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake for another five minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven, squeeze the two sides of the buns together and take a big bite into the ooey, gooey cheesy vegetable goodness!

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