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VEGAN BACON STRIPS

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Spring is coming, soon summer will be here, so what better time to get ready for great sandwiches! This has to be one of the best use of tempeh I know. All the flavor and none of the saturated fat. Fat-free and cholesterol-free bacon, what an idea! This recipe is great for busy people because it doesn’t require baking or marinating so it can be put together very quickly. It also takes advantage of the firmness of tempeh. So if you are in the mood for a BLT or need some vegan ‘bacon’ for brunch, this is a good choice.

INGREDIENTS:
   1/2 cake of plain tempeh
   1 Tbl oil

    Dash of salt


 
Marinade:

  1 TBl white vinegar
  2 TBl ketchup
  2 Tbl soy sauce
  1 Tbl olive oil
  1 tsp liquid smoke
  Dash of garlic powder

PREPARATION:

  1. Cut the tempeh in half thickness wise, then make thin slices being careful not to break them.
  2. Lightly pan fry  the tempeh and sprinkle with a little salt until crisp.
  3. While the tempeh is cooking, prepare the marinade by mixing all the ingredients.
  4. Remove from heat and place in a small tupperware with a lid.
  5. Immediately pour the marinade over the tempeh and put cover. Invert the container so that the marinade coat all the tempeh. Let it set for a few minutes.

Serve as warm or cold as an appetizer, on a BLT, on a vegan ‘egg’ Benedict or any sandwich.
Make extras because they will go quickly!
Keeps well refrigerated for 5-6 days but it won’t last that long, I promise!

Enjoy

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As a vegan chef, cooking instructor and food consultant, I am blessed to share my passion for international flavors, a compassionate world, optimal health and healing. You can't have one without the others because they are all interconnected. My culinary journey started in the South of France where I was born, then took me through Europe, onto America, then Asia and South America. I grew up eating delicious rich food my grandmother made (think creamy white and wine sauces) and fresh Mediterranean dishes my mother prepared. My family was by no mean vegetarian or vegan but we weren’t big meat eaters either. This being said, I must confess that I have had my fair share of strange things being served as food as I grew up! But I soon came to realize that it was the sauces, the marinade that tasted so good and that they could have just as well been poured over bread or tofu and it would have been just as good. You know how certain songs bring back a memory of where you were and who you were with when you heard them? Well, I seem to have a memory of food attached to pretty much every place and profound moment I have experienced in my life. It was the way love was shared and cherished all through my life so I am continuing the tradition! But the love is even more healing when there is no pain and sufferings attached to it. Be vegan, it is good for your health and the only sustainable diet for the planet.

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