I’ve often said that bacon is the only thing keeping me from being a vegetarian. Last week, I discovered a product that has eliminated that excuse.
I started reading about meat alternatives a few months ago when, for health reasons, I decided to cut down on my consumption of animal protein. The only alternative seemed to be tofu—and I didn’t like the texture (yes, I know: I’m a picky eater). And the recipes I found to alter the texture seemed like an awful lot of work. I mean, who wants to spend the better part of an hour just to fix breakfast?
Then I discovered tempeh (pronouced TEM-pay). Like tofu, it’s made from soybeans, but it has a much firmer texture. I looked around and found what I was looking for: a soy-based bacon substitute.
I was doubtful at first, but after reading several reviews, I decided to take the plunge. I headed to my nearest Wegman’s and bought a package of Lightlife® Fakin’ Bacon. As George Takei would say, “Oh, my!”
Trust me on this: as a dyed-in-the-wool pork bacon eater, I can honestly say that this is the one food that has overcome my last objection to a vegetarian diet. Don’t believe me? Try my newest favorite sandwich—and the ultimate test for any bacon substitute—a TLT (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich:
- 2 slices of your favorite bread
- 2 slices of Lightlife® Fakin’ Bacon (I use 2 strips cut in half. I find that gives me the perfect size forr my bread)
- Romaine lettuce
- A nice ripe tomato
- Toast the bread and lightly coat with the mayo.
- Tear a piece of lettuce to fit.
- Slice the tomato.
- Put all of the ingredients on one piece of toast.
- Heat the tempeh in a fry pan with a little bit of oil or butter until the edges are crisp.
- Remove the tempeh from the pan and put it on top of the other ingredients. Cover with the other piece of toast.
I’ve also enjoyed this sandwich with the addition of a fried egg and a couple of slices of cheddar cheese on it as well. Hey! It’s cooking! Use your imagination: if you can imagine it, you can make it!