One of my favorite bloggers, Susan Voisin from the FatFree Vegan Kitchen, posted her quick tempeh bacon recipe today http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/08/tlt-sandwiches.html. My son and I decided we had to try it out. OMG! I used only cooking spray in my fry pan—my son used canola oil. Mine tastes just as good. You need Liquid Smoke to give that special flavor.
I tweaked a few things. Didn’t have onion powder, so I used cumin. Didn’t have ‘smoked’ paprika, so used plain with a bit of Goya ‘fake’ ham flavoring for good measure.
We had a build your own sandwich buffet with toasted pumpernickel bread, tomatoes, onions, jalapeño peppers, alfalfa sprouts, romaine lettuce, Wholly Guacamole, red pepper humus, spicy mustard, vegan mayo. I can’t say OMG enough times! Delish!
Then we made a version of fake mac & cheese using nutritional yeast flakes. Add a side of watermelon and we were stuffed!
Yesterday my local newspaper had a big article on a man who went vegan last year upon getting some medical advice that he needed by-pass surgery. He read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D. (Rip’s dad). The man lost 40 pounds and did not have the surgery. He does not eat any meat products, dairy, fats (including nuts/avocados), sugar, and caffeine. He does eat lots of salads, greens flax-seed meal, fruit, beans, and whole grains. I find it incredibly hopeful that my little newspaper in a rural area would post and article on the vegan lifestyle!
Oh, and I’ve been going to my local Curves to whip this body back into shape so I can keep up with my first graders this year.
Life is good.