You don't have to be a vegetarian to love these vegetarian sandwich recipes we "stole" from Leona Farquhar in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
This may come as a surprise to some folks, but we're gonna lay it on ya anyway: Friends, food that's good for you can actually taste good, too!
Why is it that so many "health food" fanciers prepare the kind of dishes that are sure to send any (rightfully wary) potential converts rushing to the nearest hamburger stand? We'll never know, because healthful food can be absolutely scrumptious. And we think the recipes on these pages more than prove that point.
We got them from a woman right here in Hendersonville named Leona Farquhar. Leona runs a restaurant/ natural food store called The Merry Miller . . . a favorite luncheon spot for many MOTHER staffers who like the relaxed atmosphere, the rustic decor, and — not least of all — the delightful fragrance always wafting up from the ole M.M. soup pot.
Leona's a Minnesota-born Finn who came to North Carolina in 1928 and who now considers herself a true Tarheel. She's been an activist in the natural food movement for 25 years and a vegetarian for 19, and she's always willing to dispense sound nutritional advice along with the tasty food she serves up.
Given the high quality of Ms. Farquhar's fare, it was inevitable, sooner or later, that we would ask to publish some of her good Merry Miller recipes in MOTHER. But, to our surprise, Leona was reluctant to give us the necessary permission! It seems that she thought her small-scale operation was already as big and busy as it ought to be, and she didn't want the publicity!
Well, we kept on pestering Leona anyway, and finally she agreed to share some of her secrets (her "conjurings," as she calls them) with MOTHER's readers. But, be advised: According to Ms. Farquhar, the real secret of her cooking — available to anyone — is simply this: "I make food with a happy heart, and serve it with loving care."
The sandwiches shown here — all made with pita bread and topped with fresh, delicately crisp alfalfa sprouts — may look alike, but each has a unique and wonderful flavor all its own. And what's more, they're as inexpensive to prepare as they are nourishing.
And there you have them: three different light-but-satisfying summertime sandwiches . . . each one a meatless source of protein . . . and each one a delicious meal in itself! (See the vegetarian sandwich recipes at the top of this article.)
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