Vegan MoFo Day 5: Sweet Potato Sandwich w/ Sumac Miso Mayo

Day 5 of Vegan Mofo: Best Sandwich Ever. And this is a good one!

Recently, I read this article called Dear Polly: “Why is everyone succeeding but me?” in NY Magazine and it hit the nail right on the head.

I have always felt that someone I know is always one step ahead of me or if I started something after me, they instantly became a pro at it while I struggled in the background. I know this all sounds so whiny but bear with me here. sweet potato vegan sandwich sumac The person that wrote in to Dear Polly could have been me. It wasn’t but the things they wrote about easily apply to my life, especially about setting goals. I think it is great to have goals, something to aspire to. However, setting mini-goals like “I am going to go for a run everyday” or “I am going to start eating super healthy….tomorrow,” are the kind of goals I seem to make to distract myself from pursuing real life changing goals. Mini goals should be tools to pursuing your main goal, not crutches or distractions. 

I admit, I am terrified of pursuing these things out of fear of rejection and feeling unqualified or inadequate. It is easy get sucked into the trap of feeling comfortable, and that is where I am at. The restlessness I feel about not pursuing what I want is now too much to handle. Setting these mini-goals is great but what is it going to do for you long term? Is it distracting you from pursuing other things?

“It takes a lot of stops and starts to figure out what you’re really committed to and what you really love enough to work hard on without much reward in sight,” -Quoted from Dear Polly. 

I have had a lot of stops and starts in my life to figure out what I want to do and I still haven’t figured out all of them but that is ok. It means I started at all but I haven’t started those life changing ones- not yet anyways. sweet potato vegan sandwich sumac sweet potato vegan sandwich sumac sweet potato vegan sandwich sumac sweet potato vegan sandwich sumac I am giving myself this month to make the arrangements I need to make before starting my life changing goals. I need to write some emails, make some phone calls, polish up some documents, and then start. This is not another distraction but required steps I need to make in order to pursue what I want. I am tired of waiting for things to happen, I need to make them happen for myself. I have to stop comparing my journey to other people’s successes.

Comparative anxiety is so real to me and it makes me feel like trying new things isn’t always worth it since there are so many people who are so much better at the things I want to pursue. This is just that little voice telling me I am not good at anything, like somehow experts weren’t once beginners.

I hope you find the NY Magazine article inspiring or at least, comforting to know that others do not always feel successful. Ask yourself what you want to do. What is your main goal? What thoughtful steps can you take to pursue them?

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Sweet Potato Sandwich w/ Sumac Miso Mayo
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Vegan MoFo Day 4: Sweet Potato Sandwich with Sumac Miso Mayo. A vegan sandwich does not have to suck. Sweet potatoes dressed with salty and earthy mayo.
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 3
  • For the Sweet Potatoes:
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sumac
  • For the Sumac-Miso Mayo:
  • 3 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white miso
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sumac
  • Sandwich Toppings:
  • 6 slices of your choice of bread
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Avocado
  • Pea shoots
  • Lettuce
  • Sriracha
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes into about ½ inch coins with the skins left in tact. In a bowl, toss the sweet potato coins with oil, salt, and sumac. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. The potatoes should be soft but have some brown spots.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the mayo. In a small dish, add all the ingredients for the mayo and mix well until fully incorporated.
  4. Spread the mayo onto the top slice of your bread of choice, I used grape spelt bread but sourdough would be good. Add sweet potatoes to the bottom slice and pile on your additional toppings. I used pea shoots and tomatoes.



  1. says

    Damn, now that’s a good sandwich. Sweet potato – nice! And the pictures are gorgeous =) Your recipes and pictures are always so good.
    To be completely honest, I sometimes get caught up in comparing my blog to yours and how your pictures always look so much better and I keep thinking how I need to up my photography game. BUT I also realise that my pictures are so much better than they were a year ago, even six months ago and that baby steps are ok and I will eventually be happy with my food photography (I signed up for a photography class next month ;p).

    “The restlessness I feel about not pursuing what I want is now too much to handle.”
    I totally get that! I think it’s very human =) Thanks for sharing all of that with us.

    • says

      I think we all do. I go to other blogger’s sites and, as much as I love the photography, I can’t help but have that sinking feeling of anxiety when I look at them. How mine aren’t quite up to par compared to others. I look back at the first photo I ever took for my site and I realize I have up-ed my OWN game over this time, and I have only been getting better.
      I am so glad to read that you are headed to photography class! These resources are so valuable and I know with your passion, you will nail it! I took a basic photography class and learned how to shoot in manual mode. What a difference! I hope you find the experience encouraging and exciting!


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