Super Easy Healthy Vegan Bacon



I took it as a challenge when my little sister came up to me and asked if I could be able to make vegan bacon, because she said that was the one thing she missed after cutting out meat from her diet. When thinking over at how I could mimic the taste and texture of bacon, I immediately thought about smoked firm tofu combined with liquid aminos and various spices. Therefore when I stopped by our local health food store I decided to give it a try and bought both liquid aminos and firm tofu. If you cannot get your hands on smoked tofu you can use the regular unflavored kind, but make sure you then add in more seasoning so it does not taste bland. 

I ate this on a slice of my own homemade whole grain gluten-free bread, and it was absolutely delicious. Not only did it taste more like bacon than any other "mock-meat" I have tried out before, but the nutritional value is far better than anything you can find at the store. I am thinking I will try to make a recipe for thin pancakes (norwegian style), and serve this next to it as well as some healthy vegan tomato soup as an appetizer.


Ingredients:
  • Firm tofu, preferably smoked (aim for about 100g pr. person)
  • Liquid aminos (about 1 tbsp pr 100g)
  • Olive oil spray (or low calorie cooking spray)
Spices, to taste:
  • maldon salt
  • black pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • paprika (optional)

Directions:
  1. Using a cheese slicer (or a very sharp knife) cut the tofu length-wise in thin strips, and keep in mind that the thinner you make them the crispier the end result will be. In a small bowl add in the tofu strips along with the liquid aminos, the spices you wish to use (I recommend cutting out the optional ingredients the first time you make them or just make one with the spice you wish to try out, that way you know whether you like it or not!) and a few sprays of the cooking spray. Using your hands mix all this well together in the bowl! 
  2. Heat up a non-stick pan at medium-high heat and give it a few sprays of the cooking spray before adding on the "bacon" strips. Allow them to get really well fried on both sides (this might take 2-5 minutes each side) before removing them from the pan, and serve on bread (gluten-free if you wish) and some sliced tomatoes (or whatever other vegetables you prefer).

I really hope you decide to try out this recipe, and feel free to leave me a comment telling me what you thought about this recipe!

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