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Tofu bacon is easy to make. It can be used interchangeably with bacon in most recipes. Great with breakfast or in a b.l.t.
1 block extra firm tofu
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
liquid smoke (optional)
Slice the tofu into thin strips (as bacon) and fry in a pan on medium, turning once, until crispy and gold brown on each side. Add soy sauce and one to two drops of liquid smoke (available in any large grocery store), toss with the tofu bacon slices, coat with nutritional yeast, and remove from heat.
tofu (6 oz) - Silky or soft preferred
olive oil (3 tablespoons)
Drain the tofu and blend in a food processor/blender until smooth. Add the oil slowly to the blended tofu while the blender is still running. This emulsifies the mixture. Add additional spices, salt, black pepper to taste.
Baked Beans: Vegans love baked beans and it's so easy to leave out any meat or cheese that may be listed in any regular recipe.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1-2 cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. vinegar, rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 cup hot water
Mix all ingredients together, adding the water last.
Works very well with stir-fried tofu and greens or any steamed vegetables.